February 20, 2018
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MLK philosophy focus of course at library


The Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine will present a three-session course, “The Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” directed by professor Doug Allen, at 7 p.m. Mondays, May 9-23, at the Peace & Justice Center, 96 Harlow St., Suite 100, across the street from the Bangor Public Library. The schedule is:


May 9: “King’s Philosophy of Nonviolence, Violence and Racism.”

May 16: “King’s Philosophy of Justice, Injustice, and Nonviolent Peace and Justice Action.”

May 23: “King’s Philosophy Connecting the Individual and the Local with the Social and the Global: Materialism, Militarism, True Integration and Living Lives of Meaning.”  


Martin Luther King Jr. may be the most admired American of the past century, Allen said.

“Millions of people sincerely believe that what we desperately need today is to understand King’s remarkable philosophy and to apply his message to our contemporary U.S. and world of so much violence, war, injustice, inequality, racism and hatred. But few citizens have actually studied King’s philosophy,” Allen said. “This three-session mini-course will allow participants to deepen and broaden their understanding of King’s philosophy and to apply it more adequately to their lives and to worldly concerns.”

Allen has lectured and published widely on King’s philosophy. He taught “Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.” for a large black studies program in Illinois, and he gave the keynote for the NAACP’s annual King Breakfast in 2008. After a presentation by Allen, there will be questions and a group discussion. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences and views relevant to King’s philosophy.  

The three short readings are: for May 9, King’s “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence,” from his “Stride Toward Freedom”; for May 16, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” from “Why We Can’t Wait”; and May 23, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” The readings are available on the Internet by searching for each title through Google.

Admission is free. Anyone can attend any session, but it would be helpful to know how many will participate. To obtain more information and to confirm your participation, or to obtain the readings by email, contact Doug Allen at douglas.allen@umit.maine.edu or 866-7782; the NAACP office at 548-2081 or dkhiel@roadrunner.com; or the Peace & Justice Center at info@peactr.org or 942-9343.

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