The University of Michigan’s 2022 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium presents symposium keynote speakers: Maria Hinojosa and Rashad Richey, joined by moderator Patricia Coleman-Burns at 10 a.m. Jan. 17
Noted journalists and commentators Maria Hinojosa and Rashad Richey will co-headline the University of Michigan’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Memorial Keynote Lecture. In a moderated discussion led by Patricia Coleman-Burns, professor emerita of nursing, the trio will discuss the theme of this year’s symposium, “This is America,” and explore defining America through the lens of social justice. The lecture is scheduled to take place virtually at 10 a.m. Jan. 17.
Should descendants of enslaved African Americans receive reparations? What could those reparations look like? A panel will tackle those questions during the online discussion “You Can Keep the Mule: Let’s Explore Reparations Models.” The panel discussion will explore forms reparations could take, from cash payments to free land or college tuition, with a focus on African Americans and Native Americans. It will also explore whether reparations are owed at all. It will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. Jan. 17.
A writer and historian who has been researching the 1921 Tulsa race massacre for nearly five decades said his work isn’t over — and neither is the story of the massacre. Scott Ellsworth, a lecturer IV in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, will talk about the incident and its lasting impact during “The Tulsa Race Massacre: Causes, Cover-ups and the Ongoing Fight for Justice.” The program will be from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 1014 of Tisch Hall, and will be livestreamed on Zoom.
Nicole Fleetwood has long been struck by how the prison system is portrayed visually in the mainstream media. Images flooding television shows, documentaries and news programs display an imperfect view of the prison system and, more concerning to Fleetwood, impede efforts to reform it. “Abolitionist Aesthetics: The Art to End Slavery and to End Prisons” is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 19, a virtual event featuring Fleetwood, the James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU.
John Thorne wants his church to be more inclusive and welcoming. In fact, he wants all churches to be more inclusive and welcoming. That is the foundation of a presentation he will give at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson St., as part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Thorne, executive director of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, said the event “All Are Welcome … But Are They?” is intended for both church-goers and those who do not attend church.
The International Center for American Music will host a virtual event at 3 p.m. Jan. 27 featuring a discussion of Duke Ellington’s final composition, “Three Black Kings,” with Luca Bragalini, professor of jazz history at the Music Conservatory of Brescia, Italy. The title of the work and original reference is to the Black King in the Nativity and refers to three movements, each depicting a different “king”: Balthazar, the Black king of the Magi; King Solomon; and Ellington’s good friend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.