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Martin Luther King Lecture 2022

Civil disobedience

with Clarice Gargard
7 December 2022 – 19:30h
The Lighthouse, The Hague University of Applied Science
Entrance: free (register to secure your spot at the bottom of this page)
Language: English/Dutch

“There is a type of constructive non-violent tension that is necessary for growth”

On the 7th of December at 19:30, just before International Human Rights Day, the yearly Martin Luther King lecture will be held. The theme is ‘Civil disobedience’. Inspired by Martin Luther King, we investigate the necessity of civil disobedience and the many inspiring shapes it may take, then and now. With an inspiring speech by Clarice Gargard and three talented performers that won the Martin Luther King Performance Competition 2022.

“You may well ask, “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, etc.? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are exactly right in your call for negotiation. Indeed, this is the purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored…. I have earnestly worked and preached against violent tension, but there is a type of constructive non-violent tension that is necessary for growth.”

(Martin Luther King jr., ‘Letter from the Birmingham Jail’, 1963)

How do you make injustice visible? How do you uncover the blind spot of the people for structural and institutional racism, without using violence? ‘Hello?! See and feel what happens and how that is!’. Martin Luther King jr. stimulated civil disobedience: remarkable actions that create uncomfortable and tense situations, and thus stimulate thought and confront the people. Peaceful and creative actions that try to navigate from confrontation to empathy and dialogue, with in the end, positive change.

During the Martin Luther King Lecture we discover the different ways of civil disobedience, and let ourselves be inspired by disobedience, creativity and confrontation and not by anger or fear.

Programme (19.30 – 21:00)

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The winners of the Martin Luther King Performance competition 2022 are: Soraya Shawki (@aeyaros), U-Shine (@uchaindaniwatson) and KMR (@kmrspoken), they will show their performance live, inspired by the theme Civil disobedience.

Maria Toko is a professional performer and creator in podium art, a public speaker, a manager, a community builder, a pioneer and she enjoys to spend time with her family. As co-founder and former president of the student association Tribez, she sees the importance of self-love, empowerment and education in the black community. (photo: Maja Andersson)

Singer-songwriter Jhilani Wijsman (@jhilanimusic) knows how he has to touch his audience, accompanied with his gitar. Inspired by musicians such as Bill Withers and Beres Hammond, the ‘Hagenees’ has been performing on various stages and festivals since 2015, such as Parkpop and Zeeheldenfestival. (photo: Raffaella Gargiulo)

The Martin Luther King Lecture is an initiative of the Martin Luther King Lecture Foundation and is organised annually by de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Justice & Peace. The 2022 edition is organised by Justice & Peace in cooperation with the The Hague University of Applied Science and student association Tribez.

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