Monday, February 9, 2015

2/12 From Selma to Ferguson: The Radical Legacy of MLK


From Selma to Ferguson: The Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A public forum hosted by the International Socialist Organization - Boston

Thursday, February 12th, 7 PM
Northeastern University
The Cabral Center at the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
40 Leon St, Boston, MA (directions here)

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The Black Lives Matter movement and the uprising of Ferguson have renewed interest in Martin Luther King's life and legacy. Some have sought to portray Martin Luther King as a gradualist opponent to mass action -- who simply talked about his "dream". In reality, King was a radical who favored mass nonviolent direct action. While he didn't fully support the urban rebellions that ripped through the U.S. in the 1960s, he understood that the violence of the oppressed in reaction to their oppression and the violence of the oppressor are never the same thing. By the end of his life, he saw racism, capitalism, and militarism as all interlinked -- and sought to fight against all three.

What can Martin Luther King's work in the Civil Rights Movement teach us about building a new Black liberation movement? What might MLK say about #ShutItDown and civil disobedience in the movement today?

Join the International Socialist Organization - Boston in our public forum to reclaim MLK's life and legacy. Refreshments provided by the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute.