What Made Martin Luther King So Successful?

Thu, Feb 21
  • Presented By: Utah Humanities
  • at: Weller Book Works
  • 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
In his presentation, “Inescapable Networks: Martin Luther King, Social Justice, and the Necessity of the Grassroots,” Historian Joseph Stuart will explain how everyday people made the civil rights movement possible. Through an examination of the life and career of Martin Luther King, Jr., he shows that the celebrated preacher was most effective when he helped guide already-existing local movements. Stuart also highlights the ways in which King's political goals fell short when his projects expanded beyond the aims shaped and fought for by average people galvanized by grassroots networks. Such alignment with common folks is especially important for social justice groups to remember today. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, King expressed a similar spirit of interdependence when he said: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Event Info

  • Presented By: Utah Humanities
  • Dates: February 21, 2019
  • Location: Weller Book Works
  • Address: 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 11:59 PM

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