The University of Wyoming discusses Dr. Martin Luther King’s last book

Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 11:29 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - They say history is written by the victors but does that make history infallible or unquestionable?

The University of Wyoming’s latest book review session asks these questions from Dr. Martin Luther King’s last book.

“What education does many times is it defines what’s important about history, and a lot of times that leaves the majority of different opinions parked at the fences marginalized. What comes of that generally is this dominant discourse that’s tied to a power dynamic. If you can have a conversation about Dr. King in a way that is historically accurate and empirically correct, I think the entire space benefits,” says Fredrick Douglass Dixon, Director of the Black Studies Center & African American Diaspora Studies Program and Assitant Professor of the Diaspora and African American studies.

The University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center is hosting a book examination on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?”

The three sessions long event kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. in room 115 at the Half-Acre Recreation and Wellness Center and virtually via Zoom.

The session includes visiting speakers from universities around the nation.

Students and attendees will look at the common narrative around Dr. King’s legacy, which according to organizers, will include his vision, advocacy, political isolation and his questioning of the era’s status quo.

“Thinking about what higher ed is charged to do, then we are really only doing what we are supposed to do, by extending dominant discourses, challenging main stream narratives, and having these spaces as a safe space, to have brave and courageous conversations,” says Douglass Dixon.

The sessions will continue on Oct. 12th and 19th at noon.

The zoom link to watch the sessions or follow along with the book reading, click the links above.