The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center (Room I202), Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DELIVERED his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality.

Join Gary Younge, a columnist for The Guardian and the Nation and the author of The Speech, and other panelists as they revisit Dr. King's iconic speech and explore the the fascinating chronicle behind “The Speech” and other events surrounding the March on Washington. They will also consider why “I Have a Dream” remains America’s favorite speech, and how its meaning and promise has changed over the past five decades.

Gary will be joined in conversation by Mychal Denzel Smith, a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and blogger for and His writing covers a range of topics, including but not limited to: race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip-hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity, particularly for millenials in the age of Obama.

The event will be moderated by Jeanne Theoharris, Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College. Theoharis is the author of numerous books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her newest book is The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

This will also be livestreamed at on the evening of the event.

Presented by The New School for Public Engagement, The Nation Institute and Haymarket Books.

Admission is free.