Remembering the life and death of Dr. King

Today is the birthday of beloved civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His many and great accomplishments in the struggle for equality during the ’50s and ’60s live on in his inspirational words, which continue to guide the practices of nonviolent activism today. His assassination in 1968 was a shocking blow to all those who fought and continue to fight for civil rights in this country and abroad.

In this video from the archive, Studs Terkel talks with Dovie Thurman, community organizer and the “Heart of Uptown,” who speaks candidly about the anger she felt over the assassination of Dr. King and her struggle to remain committed to non-violence in the face of such brutality.

In her own activist work in Chicago, Thurman fought for welfare reform with the organization Jobs or Income Now (J.O.I.N.) and for quality affordable housing as a part of Uptown Voices. She died in April of 1997, just one month after having this conversation with Studs. The documentary was produced by the Chicago Video Project of Communications for Change, Community TV Network, and Community Media Workshop. You can watch it in its entirety at Media Burn.

Celebrate the life of Dr. King this Monday

This MLK Day, Rebuild Foundation will open its doors for an all day event celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the event, Media Burn has produced an exclusive new 39 minute compilation of archival video about Dr. King and his relationship with Chicago, which will loop in the screening room all day alongside footage from other sources. Stop by any time.

MLK Day at Rebuild Foundation

Where: Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago
When: Monday, January 18, 2016 from 11:00am – 6:00pm

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and explore African American
history and culture at the Stony Island Arts Bank. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rebuild Foundation will hold special Monday open hours from 11am to 6pm. Movie screenings, workshops, and readings culled from our archival collections of black history will last throughout the day. Special guests include Karon Davis, artist and cofounder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Free and open to the public, activities for all ages.

For more information, check out Rebuild Foundation’s website.



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