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LeRoy W. Henderson, Jr.. [Untitled] (Mrs. Martin Luther King, with Her Children and Others, at the Lincoln Memorial. "Solidarity Day" of the Poor People's Campaign), 1968. Gelatin silver photograph, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe and Gift of Wallace B. Putnam from the Estate of Consuelo Kanaga, by exchange, 2001.62.2. © LeRoy W. Henderson, Jr.

Conversation: Where Do We Go from Here?

Friday, April 20, 2018

7–8:30 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Fifty years ago this month, America lost its moral lodestar when Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. In his final book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), Dr. King examined the direction of the Civil Rights Movement and the need for social and economic justice, as well as an end to the Vietnam War, and argued that America was at a crossroads. Today, America is at a similar crossroads, with mounting internal divisions, growing economic and educational inequality, an epidemic of black deaths at the hands of police, unprecedented incarceration rates that disproportionately affect people of color, and a resurgence of white supremacy. In this discussion, writers Jelani Cobb, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Gregory Pardlo discuss Dr. King’s legacy and pose the same question of our country that he asked then: “Where do we go from here?”

Tickets are $20 and are available at pen.org. Presented as part of the PEN America World Voices Festival.

Questions about this event? Email us at public.programs@brooklynmuseum.org.