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Inwood publishes OpEd in Diverse Education magazine

Senior Rock Research Associate Josh Inwood examines the recent controversies over the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prompting us to ask: how his holiday might look and feel if it were held on April 4 (the date of his assassination) rather than January 15? -- Diverse Magazine
by Rebecca Bennitt Jan 25, 2018

Diverse is a magazine dedicated to issues concerning diversity in American higher education.

Recent controversies over the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prompt us to ask: how his holiday might look and feel, and hence generate different kinds of public discussions if it were held on April 4 (the date of his assassination) rather than January 15? Like many civil rights memorials that tell a celebratory story of a “won cause” that focuses on the dramatic victories over legal segregation, the January holiday has become an occasion to associate King’s memory almost exclusively with his words spoken in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial and his “dream” of racial reconciliation and healing. An April holiday might remind us of the precarious nature of not just King’s life but of civil rights in general—a message that resonates in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, rampant police brutality in many US cities, and the ever-widening socio-economic divide... READ THE ARTICLE HERE

LINK: http://diverseeducation.com/article/108043/