The Learning Center (TLC) of Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) is marking the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special lecture by the University of Georgia’s Dr. Robert A. Pratt.
Open to the public, the lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 4, beginning at 12:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary located at 520 Washington Avenue in Savannah. Admission is $7.00 with proceeds benefiting The Learning Center programs at SCI. Boxed lunches will be available preceding and following the lecture at the SCI offices at 3025 Bull Street in Savannah. Advanced reservations are required for lunch.
In his lecture, Dr. Pratt examines the public life and enduring legacy of Dr. King, his lifelong commitment to non-violent social change, and his ascendancy to the leadership of the Civil Rights Movement.
“I was only 10 years old when Dr. King was killed. I had seen the racially restricted signs. I realized that the civil rights act of 1964 did not change anything for those African Americans living in the south,” said Dr. Pratt in a recent interview with The Savannah Tribune. Dr. Pratt grew up 45 miles east of Richmond, VA. When asked about the progress we have made along racial lines, Dr. Pratt’s responded “Progress is indisputable. Who would have thought we would have had an African American President in the White House?” He continued, “despite the gains we have made, there is so much work yet to be done”.
Dr. Pratt will also discuss the attempts made by some to distort the nation’s collective memory of King to obscure his broader message that emphasized class inequality as much as racial injustice. According to The Learning Center Program Director Roger Smith, “Dr Pratt is a leading expert on the life and work of Dr. King and on the Civil Rights Movement. We at The Learning Center are fortunate to be hosting a scholar of Dr. Pratt’s stature in the academic community.”
Since 1987, Robert Pratt has served as professor of history at the University of Georgia, where he also directed the Institute of African-American Studies and chaired the history department
Visit seniorcitizensinc.org or call 912-236- 0363 by March 30 for reservations.