Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program with Keynote Speaker Clint Smith

Virtual Via Zoom January 19, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm

Open to: WCTC Students, Staff, and Community

Sponsored by: Waukesha County Technical College - Multicultural Resource Center

No RSVP Required: Max Capacity 500

Zoom link: https://wctc.zoom.us/j/93155253341

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist, Baptist minister, and leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S., beginning in the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His role in the civil rights movement was fundamental to ending the legal segregation of African Americans. Dr. King was a strong advocate for nonviolence, employing peaceful protest tactics such as the March on Washington and Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts helped bring about key legislation, including the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

HOW THE WORD IS PASSED - Across the country are innumerable places that have direct ties to slavery—our schools, our streets, our prisons, our cemeteries, our cities—places that illustrate how some of this country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view. Clint Smith will discuss how the history of slavery has shaped the contemporary landscape of inequality, and will share what he learned from trips to different historical sites throughout the country.