Reimagining Martin Luther King's Dream in 2017 | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: Noon CT
Location: SRH 3.122
Free lunch will be provided.

Please join Professor Ed Dorn for a special noontime discussion in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day and explore together the key issues that defined and shaped Dr. King’s legacy through a modern-day lens.

  • Commitment. We honor Dr. King because of his commitment, selfless service and sacrifice in pursuit of civil rights and human dignity. Those remain vital virtues.
  • Color. The Civil Rights Movement, like most of this country’s great moral struggles, was a struggle in black and white. The demographic change that has occurred during the past 50 years has shifted the nation’s line.
  • Coalition. Further progress on civil rights, human rights and economic justice will require coalitions that are far more diverse than the coalition that formed to support the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Courage. Dr. King acted on the courage of his convictions. So must we.

About Ed Dorn

Professor Ed Dorn teaches defense policy and courses about the relationship between race and immigration policy. He was dean of the LBJ School from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, Dorn spent 20 years in Washington, DC. He worked on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and served as Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) in the Clinton administration. During the 1980s, he was affiliated with two Washington think tanks, the Joint Center for Political Studies and the Brookings Institution. A native Texan, he graduated from UT Austin (Phi Beta Kappa) and completed his Ph.D. at Yale University.