“Becoming King: The Inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr” panel discussion at Schlafly

Next Monday, January 15, will be the 89th anniversary of the birth of the most influential civil rights leader in American history, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of his death. What trials and experiences formed this young man, whose name and memory are now celebrated as a federal holiday?

We hope to delve into answers to this question on Thursday, January 11th, at 7 PM. Becoming King is an opportunity to learn about the influences that helped shape Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy. The program will be a panel discussion with members of the community each representing a major influence on King's life. The panel discussion will be led by Gregory Carr, a scholar of King and professor of oration from Harris-Stowe University. Together, the goal is to understand better Dr. King's legacy by exploring those who inspired and supported him.

Our panel will feature:

Harvey R. Fields, Jr., PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Success, Washington University

Patrick I. Gaydon, Chapter Historian, Alpha Phi Alpha, Epsilon Lambda Chapter

Reverend Rowland Garner, Mercy Seat Baptist Church

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