Soup with Substance: Organizing with Dr. King in Birmingham, Alabama
The Center for Peacemaking will host its first Soup with Substance of the semester Wednesday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 157. Rev. Joseph Ellwanger and Joyce Ellwanger will share stories from their experience as civil rights activists in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s. The Ellwangers’ prominent roles in the Civil Rights Movement and at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Birmingham brought them in frequent contact with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall (the event is sold out, but interested attendees can add their name to a wait list)
Sheryll Cashin, Marquette University 2016 Ralph Metcalfe Fellow, professor of law at Georgetown University, and author of Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, will present The Trumpet of Conscience: MLK’s 1967 Message on “The Impasse in Race Relations” and How We Move Forward in the 21st Century.
In 1967, more than 100 race riots erupted across the nation, most lethally in Detroit where a riot began with a police raid on an after-hours bar and ended five days later with 43 deaths. In December of that year, King delivered the first of a series of prestigious Massey lectures on Canadian public radio titled “The Impasse in Race Relations.” After his assassination four months later, the lecture series was published in a book now titled The Trumpet of Conscience. In this lecture, Cashin will rehearse the similarities and differences between King’s assessment of race relations, poverty, inequality and violence in 1967 compared to today. The chief similarity, she will argue, stems from the persistence of the American ghetto and the isolation and “othering” of its residents. The chief difference, she will contend, is that today African-Americans have infinitely more allies of other colors than they did in 1967. She will conclude by positing a vision for transcending current racial divisions and building power among the many who are locked out of opportunity and endure racial and economic violence and exclusion.
The event is sponsored by the Law School, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
Morning prayer service
Friday, Jan. 22, 8:30 am. to 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family
Marquette University will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special morning prayer service and community reading of King’s “A Christmas Sermon on Peace.” One of five orations included in his book, The Trumpet of Conscience, it is often noted for its prophetic and enduring message as a plea for peace in a broken world. This event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. The prayer service will be followed by light refreshments in AMU 157.
Little Rock Nine
The Little Rock Nine became an integral part of the fight for equal opportunity in American education when they dared to challenge segregation in public schools by enrolling at the all-white Central High School in 1957. Learn more about the Little Rock Nine with the Library Research Guide.
In 2010, Marquette conferred the Père Marquette Discovery Award — the university’s highest honor — on the Little Rock Nine.