This signature event was the culmination of the yearlong MLK50 Commemoration. An Evening of Storytelling brought living icons of the early civil rights movement and emerging social justice leaders together for an intimate look at the American Civil Rights Movement from its past foundations of the 1950s and 1960s to the mobilizations and grassroots organizing happening now. With anecdotes, moderated discourse, music, dance, and art, the crowning event for MLK50 explored how past activism laid the groundwork for current action and how new civil rights movement makers working to advance the social justice legacy of Dr. King.
The event addressed the MLK50 theme, Where Do We Go From Here? Michael Eric Dyson and April Ryan co-moderated a session with a set of candid discussions on the political, legal, and cultural aspects of social justice activism. Former MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall hosted a session with Congressman John Lewis and James Lawson. Invited speakers shared their recollections from the front lines, analysis of modern strategies, and ideas for new techniques that modern activists can use to further Dr. King’s platforms for peace, justice and equity. Confirmed guests included seasoned civil rights icons Jesse Jackson, Marian Wright Edelman, Diane Nash, Clarence Jones, Bill Lucy, Coby Smith, Mike Cody, and Elaine Turner along with newcomers Yadon Israel, Bree Newsome, Quentin James, Nicole Porter, Tamika Mallory, Alicia Garza, and Tami Sawyer.