Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a woman of a certain age, I remember the impact that Dr. King had on the nation. To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the  Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture is sponsoring the 2015 MLK Symposium.  This years symposium is their 10th one and it will feature the original commissioned stage play based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influential “Letter from Birmingham Jail”.  Birmingham jail2The play is entitled “The 67th Book of the Bible”.  The world premier will be on Monday, January 19 at 7 pm at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District at 8520 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201.

The play was written by Dallas native Jonathan Norton.  Mr. Norton is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and a Southern Methodist University alumnus.  The play will be produced by award-winning playwright Will Power and Derrick Sanders will serve as director. Birmingham 3 Immediately after the play, there will be a discussion that will also feature Willie Pearl Mackey, the transcriber of King’s letter in 1963.  Also featured in the discussion will be professor Jonathan Rieder of Barnard College.  He is an author and expert on MLK and the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”.

Tickets for the event are: General Admission $20, Teachers $10, Students (with valid student ID) free.  To register and learn more about this event please go to: http://dallasinstitute.org/events/mlk-jr-symposium-2/.

The information below about the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture was taken directly from their website: 

For over thirty years, the Dallas Institute has conducted original programs that enrich and strengthen the cultural heart of our great city. Our house on Routh Street is home for those who enjoy reading, thinking, exploring, and discussing timeless ideas that make us most fully human. The Institute has been described by our members as a “sanctuary,” as an “oasis,” as a “place for reflection,” as “food for the soul.”

Our members are the lifeblood of the Institute. It is for them that we create classes, groups, programs, and events that bring the wisdom and imagination of the humanities into their lives. If you are already a member, we thank you. If you aren’t, please think about becoming a member, and join us on a common journey toward the discovery of truth, beauty, and all else that is good and noble.

This event is one that will bring history to life. It is important to “know your history”. 

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and people like Dr. King and other’s help to make it possible.

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