For UVA’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in January, the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is joining with the UVA Wise Office of Compliance and the New Dominion Bookshop to sponsor a community reading and panel discussion of King’s fourth and last book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” scheduled for January 25 at 6:00 p.m.
FREE copies of King’s book are available from the following locations:
- Jefferson Madison Regional Library (Central, Northside, Crozet, and Gordon branches).
- New Dominion Bookshop.
- Yancey Community Center.
- Jefferson School (room 129).
- UVA Multicultural Student Center.
The UVA Library has the ebook version through Virgo. UVA students, faculty, and staff can access the Beacon Press edition, which has an introduction by King’s long-time friend Vincent Gordon Harding and a foreword by Coretta Scott King, and read online, download a complete copy for up to three weeks, or download PDFs of individual chapters (up to 77 pages) for free!
The discussion will be moderated by Charles Lewis and Maxicelia Robinson, hosts of “In My Humble Opinion,” 101 JAMZ. The panel includes:
- Laila Barnes, student at Albemarle High School.
- Brenda Brown-Grooms, co-pastor and Bible teacher at New Dominion Christian Community Church, also a performance artist and writer.
- Kevin K. Gaines, Ph.D., Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Corcoran Department of History and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.
- Sandra Jones, Reverend, Williams Chapel AME Zion Church, Big Stone Gap, VA, and MLK Jr. Community Celebration Coordinator at UVA-Wise.
- Nikuyah Walker, Charlottesville Mayor.
In his book, King argues that what was needed in America in 1967 was a bipartisan crusade that would divert the resources then being wasting in Vietnam toward eliminating poverty. “I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” Please read King’s words, then attend the discussion on January 25 and learn why, in an America as divided then as it is today, he believed that radical change was not only just but necessary.