The UWI Museum is happy to partner with the Social History Project of the UWI Department of History & Archaeology to launch an occasional focus on UWI & the 1960s with a panel on UWI’s MLK Moment – Rev Dr Martin Luther King’s sermon at the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica campus 50 years ago, on June 20, 1965. He also spoke at a civic ceremony in Kingston before being joined by Rev Ralph Abernathy among others for a few days of rest and strategising on Jamaica’s north coast. On arrival in Jamaica Rev Abernathy told the Gleaner newspaper that he and his wife had “come to be with our close friends Dr and Mrs King and to do a little planning towards the total destruction of segregationism.” (Gleaner June 23, 1965)
The panel presentation will take place in the museum at 3pm on Friday November 6, with a range of perspectives being offered by Social History Project Director Prof. Matthew Smith, along with UWI Emeritus Professors Patrick Bryan and Rupert Lewis. Museum Curator Dr Suzanne Francis-Brown will moderate the subsequent Q&A/discussion session. The Museum will also offer participants a small ‘pop-up exhibition’ on the King visit, which includes an audio recording of the sermon he preached on June 20.