The idea for Stichting Martin Luther King Lezing was born during the visit of King's biographer Clayborne Carson and Mark Gonnerman from Stanford University. The yearly lecture is initiated by Justice and Peace Netherlands in The Hague and VU (Free University Amsterdam), where Martin Luther King received a honorary degree in 1965. Every year on April 4 this lecture is held in Amsterdam or The Hague. The first lecture was in 2008, King's 40th anniversary. The foundation stands for an inclusive approach to diversity because the legacy of King still is too relevant today. In 2018 the lecture was held in The Hague, discussing "Live together or perish as fools". In 2020 the lecture was online due to Covid-19, in 2021 it was held at the VU on October 28, during Black Achievement Month and delivered by Jennifer Tosch focusing on women.
Also the 3-hour documentary King: A Film Record... Montgomery to Memphis was screened. Watch it here.
Watch the MLK Lecture 2021 at the Black Heritage Night here.
MLK Lecture 2020 was a powerful video presentation of Dr. Wes Bellamy, activist, academic and former Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville during the Unite the Right Rally of 2017.
Listen to the complete MLK Lecture 2018 & interviews via Textradio (Dutch)