Keynote Simulcast, 1960’s Music and Rebellion, Highlight MLK Day Activities

by | Dec 19, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr.In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit the University of Michigan Detroit Center and participate in a series of inspiring and educational events beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, January 16 with free admission and parking in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra structure for all attendees.

A simulcast of the 2017 Annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium keynote program will take place in the Ann Arbor room of the Detroit Center from 10 – 11:30 a.m. The University community is especially pleased to welcome Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, writer, producer, and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and Amy Goodman, award-winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of Democracy Now! as speakers for the keynote memorial lecture. This year’s keynote event will focus on a sit-down discussion between Amy Goodman and Issa Rae.

Following the keynote, a complimentary lunch will precede the U-M Detroit Center’s afternoon panel discussion – “1960’s Music and Rebellion: The Soundtrack of our Lives” at 12:30 p.m. Music has been a factor in virtually every social movement. There have always been sounds or beats echoing the socio-political conditions of the day. The 1960’s represented a significant change in musical tastes and expression. As the Civil Rights Movement progressed, popular music began to reflect efforts to address social justice issues. The 1967 Detroit Rebellion emerged out this period as a reaction to racial and class oppression. The 2017 MLK Panel at the Detroit Center will discuss how the music of the 1960’s impacted and reflected social consciousness over time.

Join moderator and Professor of English Literature and the Humanities Deborah Smith Pollard of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as she facilitates an informative and invigorating discussion with panelists: world music expert and WDET radio show host Ishmael Ahmed, U-M School of Music Associate Professor Christian Matijas-Mecca, and Dr. Carleton S. Gholz, Founder and Executive Director of Detroit Sound Conservancy.

This year’s program is co-sponsored by the U-M Alzheimer’s Disease Center. The MADC aims to conduct and support research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders; promote state-of-the-art care and wellness for individuals and families affected by memory loss; increase dementia awareness through collaborative education and outreach efforts.