Civil Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, Human Rights: Lessons from the Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Unlike several of the scholars participating in this symposium, I have no personal memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. I was born several years after the assassination of Dr. King. My “memories” of Dr. King are the product of books and television. I have seen documentary footage of the March on Washington and have therefore heard, in scratchy recording, Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. These derivative memories are powerful, but I suspect they do not compare with the living memories carried by other symposium authors.

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