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National Center to Host Annual Graetz Symposium

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The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will host its annual Robert and Jean E. Graetz Symposium on Race and Reconciliation on April 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. It is free and open to the public. Registration is at 8 a.m.


The theme is "Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Legend and The Legacy."

The symposium will examine and memorialize King’s life and contributions to civil and human rights.  It will include family, church members, and friends of King, in addition to civil rights activists and scholars who will discuss the theme through panel sessions. This event will conclude with a tribute to King through music and oratory.

The symposium also will feature a luncheon from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Vicki L.Crawford, director, Martin Luther King Jr, Collection and associate professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College. The luncheon is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Tickets will be available during symposium registration.

The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture established the Robert and Jean Graetz Symposium on Human Rights and Reconciliation on the campus of Alabama State University in honor of long-time human rights activists, Rev. Robert and Mrs. Jean Graetz. The couple has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of human rights in our community and around the world. The symposium is designed to stimulate action-oriented citizens to work toward reconciliation while examining factors that divide ethnic groups. Its focus is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of a “Beloved Community.”

For more information, contact Anneshia Hardy at 334-229-8568 or

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