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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Political Legacy

Evening Program with Book Signing

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0406
Catholic University of America
Hannan Hall, Auditorium 108
620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC
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Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964

Please Note: Due to the government shutdown, this program has changed locations. See travel information at the end of the description.

We know Martin Luther King, Jr. for his call to action, his passion, and rhetoric, and as an almost-mythic figure of consensus and conciliation. But has this popular interpretation overshadowed some of his most mature thoughts on other topics?

Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and social studies at Harvard University, examines the ethical and political thought of arguably the greatest public intellectual and activist that the United States ever produced.

In investigating King’s body of public philosophy, as well as its leading critics and interpreters, he argues we can find indispensable resources for many of our current political crises around race, economic inequality, partisan cynicism, and permanent war.

To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr., co-edited by Terry with Tommie Shelby (Blackstone Publishers) is available for sale and signing.


  • CUA Campus Map (Hannan Hall is located at D11 on map)
  • If you take Metro, closest station is Brookland-CUA on the red line. Staff will be on-hand at the station exit to escort guests to Hannan Hall at 6:15 and 6:30 p.m.
  • If you plan to drive, parking is available in the McMahon Parking Lot, adjacent to Hannan Hall. Please note that if you use Google maps (or Uber or Lyft), enter “McMahon Parking CUA,” for best results, otherwise it may direct you to the rear side of Hannan Hall that is not accessible.