December 31, 2012

WNYC Presents Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Farai Chideya
Malcolm, Martin and Medgar: A Reunion

Featuring conversations sparked by A. Peter Bailey’s play, Malcolm, Martin, Medgar

Sunday, January 20, 3-5pm At the Brooklyn Museum, Cantor Auditorium, Free and Open to the Public

What would Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers talk about behind closed doors? What would they have to say about the work of our first African American president, about gun violence, and about today’s civil rights movement?

In celebration of the annual King holiday, WNYC presents MALCOLM, MARTIN AND MEDGAR: A REUNION on Sunday, January 20, 2013, an examination of how current events might be seen by the three slain civil right icons today.

Brian Lehrer
WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Farai Chideya, will lead a dynamic forum inspired by passages from the play Malcolm, Martin, Medgar, written by close Malcolm X associate A. Peter Bailey and read by actors.

Leading civil rights thinkers and scholars will join an invigorating afternoon of discussion, art, music and personal reminiscence, examining how these visionaries influenced and learned from each other, how they were affected by the movements around them, and how their legacy lives on today.

MALCOLM, MARTIN AND MEDGAR: A REUNION is co-presented with the Brooklyn Museum in and sponsored in part by Brooklyn Community Foundation.
HOSTS BRIAN LEHRER, Host, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show
FARAI CHIDEYA, novelist and host of Pop and Politics

A. PETER BAILEY, playwright, journalist and activist; author of Malcolm, Martin, Medgar; an original member of the Malcolm X founded, Organization of Afro-American Unity

DR. KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library; author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

PENIEL JOSEPH, Professor of History at Tufts University; author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour, and several other titles on the civil rights movement.

RSVP:  Event is free, but RSVPs are mandatory


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Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000 square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, the museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Prospect Park Zoo. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

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