Detroit Historical Society To Feature Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion for MLK Day 2021

DETROIT - Across America, over 900 streets bear the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. For this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee and the Detroit Historical Museum will present an in-depth look into how race and geography have played a role in naming streets after King, and whether the streets have lived up to his legacy and dreams.

The all-virtual event on Monday, January 18 from 1 – 3 p.m. is free with registration and will include a panel discussion and special viewing of the 15-minute film short King Blvd.

The ZOOM event panel will feature:
• Earl Hardy, writer and producer of King Blvd. In his travels, Hardy noticed that MLK Streets were often located in blighted neighborhoods and wanted to know why, and what could be done to revitalize those areas. This investigation led the Detroit native to write and produce King Blvd.
• Dr. Derek Alderman, cultural geographer and professor at the University of Tennessee. He has studied and written about streets named after MLK since the early 1990s. Dr. Alderman’s specialties include race, public memory, symbolic landscapes, heritage tourism and critical place-name study.
• Jamon Jordan, local historian, educator and founder of The Black Scroll Network, History & Tours. He established the tour company after twenty years as a public school teacher who observed the scarcity of African American history in school curriculums and decided to do something about it.

For more information and registration, visit https://detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum/events-calendar/events-listing/virtual-event-mlk-streets-more-name 

The Black Historic Sites Committee is an affinity group of the Detroit Historical Society and was founded in 1971 by Detroit City Councilman Ernest. C. Browne to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions African Americans have made to the history of Detroit, Michigan and the nation.





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