Last week, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Brandeis School of Law held two separate events honoring milestone anniversaries of Martin Luther King Jr.'s anti-war speech and visit to UoL,.
Last week, the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Brandeis School of Law held two separate events honoring milestone anniversaries of Martin Luther King Jr.'s anti-war speech and visit to UoL,.

March 30, 2017, marked 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the Brandeis School of Law. 

While he had visited Louisville many times during the 1960s, this 1967 visit was his only visit to the University of Louisville, and the law school was his only stop on campus.

Just five days after speaking to a packed Allen Courtroom, he delivered his famous antiwar speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” at Riverside Church in New York.

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous visit, the Brandeis Law Library hosted a panel featuring three speakers who reflected on King’s legacy and the civil rights work that remains to be done: law Professor Cedric Powell; attorney Stephen Porter, who as a law student helped organize King’s visit; and Dr. Ricky Jones, chair of UofL’s Pan-African Studies Department.

“Dr. King’s law school speech is profoundly meaningful to us today,” said Powell, calling on the attendees to embrace their role as public citizens. 

“As scholars, we have an institutional and public duty to enlighten,” he said. “As students, it means holding on to your dreams and recognizing that their will be difficult times in your life and career but that there is power in study and struggle.

“Dr. King said that a time comes when silence is betrayal. As we commemorate Dr. King’s historic visit to our law school, the best way to honor his memory is to break the silence,” Powell said.

Also, on April 4 the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research hosted an MLK Read-In where members of the UofL community read King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech, largely considered King’s most radical critique of the war and policies that created it. Photos from the read-in are available online

Video from the Law School event is below: 

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Bethany Daily

Bethany Daily is the director of communications for the Brandeis School of Law. She is responsible for both external and internal communications geared toward a variety of audiences, including faculty and staff, students, alumni and prospective students. Before coming to Brandeis, Daily was the associate editor at Louisville Business First, a weekly business journal. In that role, she was responsible for special publications and managed awards and recognition programs. Daily also has worked at the national headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the communications department.