Begin the Day The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
                                                              –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each January since 2004, the Birmingham Public Library Archives has sponsored an annual lecture or performance honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and examining topics relating to human rights.




BPL is partnering with the Charles A. Brown-Birmingham Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History to present “Civil Rights Now: Birmingham Movements of Community Resistance.” 

Past Programs:

Teneasha Washington
Teneasha Washington (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
A Discussion of Black Maternal Health in the Southeast

Book Jack and Author Photos
Connor O’Neill (Auburn University)
Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy 
Cosponsor: Caroline Marshall Draughon Center, Auburn University

Book Cover and Author Photos
Kimberley Mangun (University of Utah)
Emory O. Jackson, Crusading Editor for Civil Rights
Cosponsor: Birmingham Association of Black Journalists

Real Life Poets
Real Life Poets Remember Dr. King

Erin Mauldin (University of South Florida—St. Petersburg)
The First White Flight: Industrial Pollution and Racial Segregation in Birmingham

Panel of young people from Birmingham’s Islamic communities
The First Step: A Conversation on Islam in America
Cosponsor: Birmingham Islamic Society

David Gespass
Voting Rights from Selma to Columbiana: Not Always Onward, Not Always Upward

Randall C. Jimerson (Western Washington University)
Shattered Glass in Birmingham: My Family’s Fight for Civil Rights, 1961-1964

Patricia McCay (Huntsville-Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force)
Human Trafficking 101

Isabel Rubio (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama)
Immigrant Rights and the Law in Alabama

Larry Dane Brimner, Evelyn Coleman and Jo Kittinger
Teach Your Children Well: Writing African American History for Young Readers

Michael W. Fazio (Mississippi State University)
Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama

Tondra Loder (University of Alabama at Birmingham), George T. French, Jr. (Miles College), Cedric Sparks, Sr. (Birmingham Division of Youth Services), Karen Sparks (Community Entrepreneurship Institute), Lee Wendell Loder (Gift Corps Ministry), and Kate Neilsen (Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham)
Is a Generational Gap Holding Birmingham Back?

Dan Jordan (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, retired)
A Birmingham Lawman Remembers the Civil Rights Movement

Barry Vaughn (St. Albans Episcopal Church and the University of Alabama)
The Convergence of the Twain: Dr. King and Bishop Carpenter—Lives in Collision

Jim Baggett (Birmingham Public Library Archives)
When the Blast Occurred: Remembering the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

Charles Connerly (Florida State University)
City Planning and Civil Rights in Birmingham, 1920-1980

Jonathan Bass (Samford University)
Remembering Martin Luther King’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Regina Ammon (Birmingham Public Library Archives)
Preserving Birmingham’s Civil Rights History


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