Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ He was a Poem

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a speech at Girard College, Philadelphia, 1965. Source, Library of Congress.

As I was reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy this morning, it occurred to me that this week is the 10th anniversary of a program I started at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to honor Dr. King.  I’m so happy that “He was a Poem” has endured.  It was a pleasure curating the 2005, 2006 and 2007 programs, jointly sponsored by the UNC Chapel Libraries and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.  “He was a Poem” evolved over the years and is now known as  “He was a Poem, He was a Song.”  This year’s celebration takes place at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, January 20th at the Stone Center.   In case you’re wondering, I took the title from a line in a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, where she calls King a “prose poem.”

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