In honour of Black History Month, Hart House, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Multi Faith Centre and Massey College are pleased to present this important event reflecting and exploring the words and life of one of North America’s most preeminent speakers, thinkers, activists and social leaders of the 20th century: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When: Wed., Feb. 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House
Following the discovery of the Lost Massey Lectures, itself a leading and important repository of many respected Canadian change makers of the day, Dr. King’s speech comes just months before his assassination and leaves us with many questions to explore and pathways for a transformative future. Dr. King’s lecture titled Conscience for Change is a chance for us to revisit our own consciences as a nation and assess our progress, commitment to social change and our ability and willingness to work together towards a common goal.
The evening’s event centres on a number of prolific and thoughtful speakers who bring to light their knowledge, experience, critical reflection and unique lens to draw new meaning from Dr. King’s work while mapping it on to our present day world paying special attention to what we still need to achieve. What role does the education, social action, and youth today have to offer in re-imagining the world and pushing the agenda for peace and justice? Where is the University situated in this question. Moderated by Associate History Professor and Director of Caribbean Studies, Melanie Newton, the evening will feature readings and reflections by Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Marilyn Legge; former Liberal Leader and current First Nations Advisor, The Honourable Bob Rae; student Presidents Vanessa Jev (African Students Association) and Modele Kuforiji (Black Students Association) and others.