When pressed to name seminal moments in American history, so many of us — no matter our age — immediately jump back to that time in the 1960s where there was seemingly so much hope and promise of equality. Back when it seemed that a handful of people could really make a difference. And then those people were gone — MLK, JFK, RFK and others. Those who knew them well continue to carry their messages — but truly, they are nearing the age when they won’t be in the public eye for much longer. So as people like United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., continue to speak out, we owe it to ourselves to hear them in person. The 80-year-old Young speaks as part of the Dallas Institute’s Eighth Annual MLK Symposium at 7 p.m. on Monday, discussing “The Role of the African American Church in the Civil Rights Movement.” As a key member of the movement, Young gives keen insights into this critical period in American history. Dr. Zan Holmes and Dr. Keri Day also speak at the event, held at City Performance Hall, 2100 Ross Ave. Tickets are $10 for students and teachers, and $20 for general admission. Visit dallasinstitute.org.
Mon., Jan. 21, 2013