Five Points West Library to Host 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Saturday, January 14


What: Begin the Day: The Twentieth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture 
When: January 14, 2023, 3:00 PM
Details: Free and open to the public. For More Information: Jim Baggett, 205-226-3631, 

Birmingham, Ala. - As part of the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, each January the Birmingham Public Library Archives Department sponsors Begin the Day: The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture. Now in its twentieth year, the King Lecture has featured civil rights activists, scholars, children’s book authors, and community leaders discussing civil rights history and contemporary human rights issues including immigrant rights, voting rights, human trafficking, and Islamophobia. 

 The lecture will take place at Five Points West Regional Library at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 14. 

 This panel discussion will feature Majella Chube Hamilton, Executive Director of The Ballard House Project as moderator. 

Our presentations and presenters will be: 

* "Redefining Resistance: Teaching Local History in Birmingham," by Dr. Sylvea Hollis, Montgomery College 

* "Love As An Act of Resistance: Educators Representing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy of Resistance" Dr. Penny Seals, Samford University 

* "Beyond the Grave We Speak: Our Voice Will Never Be Silent" Ms. Ethel Alexander, Birmingham City Schools (retired). Ethel Alexander hosted an exhibit at the Central Library last year on Colony, Alabama, a Cullman County town founded by ex-slaves.   

*  "Sophisticated Attacks & Consequential Activism: Legal & Political Gains of the Civil Rights Movement” Dr. Martez Files, University of Pittsburgh 

*  "Community Healing and Resistance: Telling Our Own Story" Ms. Debra Love, Founder and Consultant, E3 Solutions 

For more information, contact BPL Archives Department Head Jim Baggett at 205-226-3631 or vial email at 

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