Imagining King

For this last post, we will read several sermons from late in King’s life and consider how these items from the late 1960s may complicate, nuance, or challenge some of the ways that King has been remembered in public memory since that time. We will also hear from Brian Ward about King’s 1967 visit to Newcastle upon Tyne and how that visit shaped the city. Lastly, we will watch for ourselves the extant footage from that 1967 speech at Newcastle University.

Reading:

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A Time to Break the Silence”

“Where Do We Go From Here?” 

“Christmas Sermon”

“I See the Promised Land”

Listening:

“King, 1967” About South Podcast.

Viewing:

For your featured image, please find an image of King or his likeness. Begin your post for explaining why you selected this image. What side of his life and work does it show? If it is a familiar image, why do you think it is a common one used to commemorate him? If it is a less familiar one, what appeals to you about this image? What do you think it adds to appreciating his legacy and work?

Next, please find one passage from one of the selected King sermons that you feel best illustrates one of the points that Ward raises in his interview. Please quote the passage and relate it to a specific idea that Ward shares. Explain how your selected quote from King relates to the interview.

Then, please select one quote from King and relate it to any one of the previous readings from the term. How does the legacy of human and civil rights in King’s late sermons continue some of the concerns, passages, or ideas from our previous authors? If you incorporate more than one of the previous readings, you will earn extra credit.

Lastly, close your post with what you find to be the most powerful words from King either in the sermons or in the speech in Newcastle. While our own experience this semester has not been what we planned, what lessons can we take from King’s words and ideas at the end of his life to move forward in our consideration of human rights?

Remember to list your photo source and attribution (if you are not the original photographer) at the end of your post along with your works cited.

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