Closer Look: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy; And More

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in 1964.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in 1964.
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This program is a special edition of “Closer Look” reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the study of Race and Difference.

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress”:

  • 0:00: A few of metro Atlanta’s youth reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
  • 1:59: Rose Scott and Jim Burress give a news brief on reaction from local lawmakers to President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on Twitter describing Atlanta’s District 5 as “in horrible shape and falling apart — not to mention crime infested” and saying Rep. John Lewis is “All talk, talk, talk – no action or results.” The president-elect’s comments came after a “Meet the Press interview” where Lewis said he did not consider Donald Trump as a “legitimate president.” Also, Atlanta residents share their reaction to the president-elect’s comments;
  • 9:22: Andra Gillespie, director of Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference talks about the work of the institute, its process for selecting research fellows and future initiatives;
  • 24:43: Metro Atlanta residents share their thoughts on racial inequality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day;
  • 26:19: James Weldon Johnson Institute fellows Erik Love, Emily Pope-Obeda and Katie Schank talk about their research projects and how King’s legacy relates to their future careers;
  • 40:58: Gillespie, Love, Pope-Obeda and Schank discuss the social justice movements of today and bridging the divide between generations of activists.

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