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2021 MLK Celebration

If Not Now, When?: Revisiting “The Other America”

January 20–22, 2021

In our 2021 celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we revisit his speech, “The Other America.” This speech describes two Americas functioning simultaneously in a period of heightened and controversial military activity (the Vietnam War). King details the lived reality of the triple ghetto––race, poverty, and human misery––African Americans faced. We revisit these evocative constructs in light of our contemporary context and ask the bitter questions of when change must take place, and how.