Teach Dr. King’s Speech
Each year, as part of Georgetown University’s MLK: “Let Freedom Ring!” Initiative, the Center for Social Justice encourages members of our community to reflect on one of Dr. King’s famous speeches via Teach the Speech. Over the years, faculty, staff, and students across campus have participated in Teach the Speech events focusing on a wide range of speeches by Dr. King.
In 2022, the Georgetown community is invited to focus on Dr. King’s hallmark speech “I Have a Dream”.” In addition, all are invited to join (either in person or on Zoom) the January 11 Teach the Speech Teach-In, featuring three mini-keynote addresses as well as a dialogue with the speakers.
For the Spring 2022 semester, we are focusing on Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech. This choice may seem cliche or obvious, but the committee was inspired by our 2017 keynote speaker – Dr. Ibram Kendi – who, in his recent article in The Atlantic bemoaned the “second assassination” of King:
See previous year’s Teach the Speech events and keynote speakers below.
- 2013: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
- 2014: 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
- 2015: “The Other America”
- 2016: Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
- 2017: “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence”
- 2018: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
- 2019: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”
- 2020: “Where do we go from here?”
- 2021: “Our God is Marching On”
- 2022: “I Have a Dream”