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Jan. 9: Documentary, lecture mark MLK birthday

Monday, January 9, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Two events marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Jan. 31 in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

A powerful documentary, “At the River I Stand,” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. The film, which focuses on the dramatic events of the civil rights movement in spring 1968, reconstructs the two turbulent months that transformed a strike by 1,300 Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers into a national firestorm, and unravels the complex historical forces that led to King’s death.

At 6:30 p.m., 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 so-called 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.

For more information, contact Kiran Chadda, director of multicultural affairs and international student programs, at (301) 696-3799 or by e-mail at