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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dreams of democracy are much grander than the last refrain of his address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963. Racial integration and inter-racial harmony were important, but structural inequality formed the root and branch of a broken America. Dr. Quincy Mills, historian at the University of Maryland, College Park, will discuss King’s ideas on the importance of economic security in American democracy. The problems, in fact, rested with the core beliefs in liberal democracy, which King believed needed to be restructured to arrive at any sense of humanity.

Dr. Mills specializes in 20th-century African American business and social movement history.  He is particularly interested in how African Americans’ wages, wealth, and overall financial well-being helped shape black public spaces, political engagement, and activism.  Before joining the faculty at UMD in 2019, he taught at Vassar College for thirteen years.    

As always your registration includes complimentary happy hour drinks and snacks.  

For accommodation requests, please contact the museum via email or at 301-774-0022.

Individual tickets are $20, VIP tables $100. Members 20% off. Not a member? Become a member today!

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