August 27, 2013

Image: MLK at NYU

On February 10, 1961, the 32-year old Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the campus of New York University. Dr. King's speech, “The Future of Integration," advocated for civil rights and nonviolent protest for social change. He said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

Dr. King’s call for nonviolent protest came to a head in 1963, when more than 200,000 dedicated individuals took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in the nation’s capital. On the eve of the 50 year anniversary, NYU Dialogues will host a panel to reflect on this historical event of the civil rights movement. Including policymakers, academics, and civil rights leaders, this discussion will explore how the March shaped and influenced societal and policy changes in the United States, and advanced civil rights. The conversation will also consider recent events, including the rulings of the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act and Defense of Marriage Act, and reaction to the verdict of the Trayvon Martin case.


Meet the Panel

Michaela Angela Davis

Earl Fowlkes

Mandy Carter

Darnell L. Moore

Monroe France