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Lecture by civil rights movement scholar marks MLK anniversary

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FREDERICK, Md.—A scholar of the U.S. civil rights movement will give a lecture to mark the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Peter Levy, Ph.D., professor of history at York College in Pennsylvania, will discuss the uprisings that took place across the nation following King’s assassination nearly 42 years ago. His talk, entitled “The Dream Deferred: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Holy Week Uprising of 1968,” focuses on the events in Baltimore, which played a crucial role in the rise of former U.S. vice president Spiro Agnew as a national symbol of the New Right conservative political movement.

Levy has published widely on the civil rights movement. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from Columbia University.

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