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Great Lives Lecture- Martin Luther King Jr.
February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The John and Linda Coker Lecture
If we listen to the real King, he can still teach us: –Yes, it’s possible to be a radical and win the support of the mainstream and the political establishment. –A flawed man can live his by the high moral standards and devote himself to the common good. –It is possible to engage in dialogue (and even love) our enemies. –Income inequality is not a requirement of capitalism.
Though we live in an age cynicism, of division, King believed we would get to the Promised Land. If we listen to his words, if we embrace his message, and if we accept his contradictions, we might get there yet.
Speaker: Jonathan Eig
Jonathan’s previous book, Ali: A Life, won a 2018 PEN America Literary Award and was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
He served as consulting producer for the PBS series “Muhammad Ali,” which was directed by Ken Burns. Esquire magazine named Ali: A Life one of the 25 greatest biographies of all time. Joyce Carol Oates called it “an epic of a biography” that “reads like a novel.”
Jonathan’s first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, reached No. 10 on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Casey Award. His books have been listed among the best of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal