Martin Luther King-day 2018: Where Do We Go From Here
Nawal Mustafa (moderator)
I have never lived, nor has any of us, in a world in which race did not matter. - Toni Morrison.
On the 28th of August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd of over 200.000 people in Washington DC on his renowned dream. His words mark a highlight in the history of the American civil rights movement. MLK´s fight to eradicate racism and support equal rights for all is, despite over fifty years passing by, still painfully relevant worldwide.
What is the current state of the anti-racism movement in the Netherlands? On the one hand we boast inspiring initiatives, such as the Black Archives en New Urban Collective in Amsterdam. On the other hand we are met with overwhelming resistance in the discussion about Black Pete, displaying the Dutch inability to address the problematic and controversial nature of this tradition.
This fierce response even led to fundamental rights - such as the right to demonstration - being violated last year, when protesters on their way to Dokkum were halted by a man-made barricade. In this context we must also mention the racialized outrage directed at professor Gloria Wekker, after she was awarded the Joke Smit award for her tireless efforts to, amongst other pursuits, improve the position of black women in Dutch society.
We will open dialogue on these issues with American activist Lucas Johnson and Mitchell Esajas, founder of the Black Archives, by asking them the same question King posed in his 1967 work: Where do we go from here? Afterwards the speakers will engage with one another and the audience. Come and contribute!
This MLK Day-event is dedicated to the work of Martin Luther King Jr, who was born on the 15th of January 1929, and organized by Humanity in Action: educate, inspire, connect.
- 2018-01-14 15:00
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