King Holiday ASU Event
On Jan. 11 @ 11a.m.
Celebrate Dr. King's Holiday, Leadership & 95th Birthday with ASU’s National Center!
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASUAlabama State University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture will celebrate the heroism and leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special observance of what would have been his 95th birthday on Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The event, which will be held at the National Park Service's Montgomery Interpretive Center (1521 Harris Way near the ASU Stadium), is titled Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Man and His Time - The Making of a Civil Rights Leader.
One of the organizers of the event, Je'lon R. Alexander, a staff associate for Dean Janice Franklin at the National Center, explained that the program will include recollections of Black Montgomery residents who either knew King or observed him during the period when he served as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and as one of the primary leaders of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and later as the nation's most notable civil rights leader."The National Center recognizes that In the mid-twentieth century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped to lay the major framework for the successful non-violent, direct-action, Civil Rights Movement, beginning in 1955 and continuing today into the 21st century as his strategy continues to address the unresolved social justice challenges facing people," stated Alexander. "This program will be observing the nationwide King Holiday with its ultimate objective to assess the factors which gave King the ability to lead Montgomery’s Black population in a united collective organization that ultimately defeated the forces of racial oppression."NOTE: Many of the Civil Rights Movement events of the 1950's and 1960's took place or were headquartered on the campus of ASU, and a number ASU employees and alumni served as major leaders of the civil rights efforts, and is a reason that many maintain that ASU is #WhereHistoryIsMade.