Connecting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Philosophy To The Present Day

Monday, many across Atlanta and around the world were commemorating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many ceremonies commemorating the civil rights leader happened virtually this year.

The Beloved Community Commemorative Service went online. And, the traditional King Day Holiday March was canceled this year.

And, this year, the nation’s Capitol — and state Capitols across the country — have heightened security in preparation of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

In the midst of all of this, Monday’s special-edition of Closer Look with Rose Scott focuses on conversations about connecting Dr. King’s philosophy to the current state of our nation.

Professor Nsenga Burton, co-director of the film and media management concentration at Emory University in the Department of Film and Media; Ryan Roemerman, executive director of the LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and Georgia Tech professor Jocelyn Wilson, begin the program with a roundtable conversation reflecting on current events.

Then, Morehouse College professor IIlya Davis, director of the New Students & Transition Programs and professor of philosophy, and Doug Shipman, founding CEO of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights and former CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center and King scholar, reflect on the relevance of Dr. King’s message today.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.