Save the Date! On Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 11am in Copley Formal, we will host a guest speaker for our Teach the Speech Teach-In. We will announce which Dr. King speech we will focus on this AY19-20 shortly. 

December 2018

Dear Georgetown Faculty and Staff,

This year, Georgetown University's “Let Freedom Ring!” Initiative honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will provide the opportunity to continue the conversations on our campus about our capacity to bring about social change. Guided by Dr. King's vision of a beloved community, we encourage all members of the university to reflect on urgent problems that demand social action.

Georgetown’s events honoring the legacy of Dr. King are highlighted by this year’s “Let Freedom Ring!” Celebration at the Kennedy Center and the spotlight on this year’s John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Awardee, Hawah Kasat, co-founder and executive director of One Common Unity. Events continue through the month of February and celebration of Black History Month and the rest of the semester. A growing event calendar with details will be published and shared via broadcast email.

In the last six years, diverse faculty and staff across the University have participated in a cross-campus curricular initiative by teaching Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (2013), about the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (2014), Dr. King’s “The Other America” speech (2015), his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (2016), “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” (2017), and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (2018) in their courses.

This year, the Provost’s Office encourages faculty to “Teach the Speech” and assign Dr. King's speeches entitled “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” one from 1959 and one from 1968 in their courses anytime during the Spring 2019 semester. Commit your course or unit to “Teach the Speech” in Spring 2019.

On the form, you can also RSVP for the Teach the Speech Teach-In, a lunchtime keynote and teaching workshop, on Tuesday, January 8, 2018 from 11:30am-2:30pm in Copley Formal, co-hosted by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and Center for Social Justice (CSJ).

The session will feature a keynote address by Dr. Brad R. Braxton Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life and the Supervisory Curator of Religion at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University, where he was a George W. Woodruff Fellow, a Master’s degree in theology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown’s Department of Theology.

Dr. Braxton will speak on the context of the United States at the time that Dr. King gave these speeches and their implications for today. Faculty will provide reflections on their classroom experiences with Dr. King’s speech. Following the Q&A, CSJ and CNDLS will facilitate a panel highlighting faculty and staff educators who have intentionally incorporated Dr. King’s speeches in their classroom and campus spaces and what issues to consider when doing so.

We invite all Georgetown faculty and staff to commit time within their unit, office, or program to read and reflect on Dr. King’s speech with their colleagues and students. We invite members of the Main, Medical, Law, and Qatar campus communities to join in this effort.

With best wishes for a productive conclusion to this fall semester,

Bob Groves

Provost