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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Lecture

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Monday, February 3, 2020

11:30 am

Denman Room, SU 2.01.28

Dr. Peniel Joseph
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy;
Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values;
LBJ School of Public Affairs, Professor of History
The University of Texas at Austin


In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph joined the University of Texas at Austin as Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, which promotes engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy impact the lives of global citizens. Dr. Joseph’s career focus has been on what he describes as “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights, and has authored award-winning books. His most recent book, The Sword and The Shield, focuses on the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, will release on April 7, 2019.


Speech Subject: The Sword and The Shield

Malcolm, the sword, and Martin Luther King Jr., the shield, transformed the aesthetics of American democracy. These two metaphors reflect a new interpretation of Malcolm and Martin, in which a partnership is illuminated by examining the intricacy of their lives.