Martin Luther King and Economic Justice:
The Fortieth Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. King's "The Other America" Speech at Stanford

Bernard LaFayette and Thomas F. Jackson with Mark Gonnerman

Sunday, April 15, 2007 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | Memorial Auditorium | Free and Open to All

An Aurora Forum Special Event for Community Day at Stanford

On 14 April 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., made his second visit to Stanford's Memorial Auditorium. On this occasion he delivered “The Other America,” an address that calls everyone together to create a more just world. At this Aurora Forum Special Event for Community Day at Stanford, we will screen Allen Willis’ film of Dr. King’s Stanford speech and enter into a public conversation that places “The Other America” in historical context and examines its relevance forty years later.

Considered the dean of African American filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Allen Willis worked for KQED-TV from 1963 to 1983 and chronicled Bay Area history as a documentary cinematographer. He appears courtesy of the East Bay Media Center, which houses the Allen Willis Archive.

Bernard LaFayette, Jr. has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 and was appointed National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign by Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a former President of the American Baptist College of ABT Seminary in Nashville; Scholar in Residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta; and Pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist Church in Nashville.

Thomas Jackson just published From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice, an award-winning book from the University of Pennsylvania Press that examines King’s lifelong commitments to economic equality, racial justice, and international peace. Drawing widely on published and unpublished archival sources at Stanford and elsewhere, Jackson, who earned a Stanford Ph.D. in history, explains the contexts and meanings of King's increasingly open call for "a radical redistribution of political and economic power" in American cities, the nation, and the world.

MARK GONNERMAN (moderator) is director of the Aurora Forum.


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