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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 16, 2019—Williams College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a film screening of the award-winning 2018 short documentary film “Let My People Vote.” The screening will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium, followed by reflections from and a discussion with Glynda C. Carr titled “Protecting the Dream: Building Legacies of Activism at Williams and Beyond.” Carr is the co-founder and managing director of Higher Heights, an advocacy group that aims to elevate Black women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics. All are welcome to attend these free, public events.
“Let My People Vote” chronicles the efforts of civil rights activist Desmond Meade, who witnessed voter suppression in Tampa, Fla., in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election, the first since a 2013 Supreme Court ruling invalidated key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
To also celebrate King’s life and legacy, Williams students will partner with MCLA students and members of the Berkshire community to participate in a variety of social service projects from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The events are co-sponsored by the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA), the Chaplains’ Office, the Davis Center, the Dean’s Office, Dining Services, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, in partnership with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and various North Adams community partners.
For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map