Conversations of King: The Promises of Democracy

 

In 1963, during his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr urged Americans to make real the promise of democracy. Sixty years later, many Americans say that democracy is under threat, though they disagree as to why.  

This disagreement reflects the polarization that dominates American politics. From vaccines to voting, common ground appears to be crumbling under the weight of dissent.  

Insurrectionists stormed the capitol in 2021 with hopes of stopping Congress from certifying the presidential election. Armed militia have sprouted at polling places across the country, which some voters see as a form of intimidation. And political candidates are sowing doubt on election results before a single ballot has been cast.  

What promises of democracy are most needed for the 21st Century? And how can such promises assure free and fair elections, while engendering benevolent public policy and economic opportunity for all?  

Join WHYY and NewCORE on MLK Day as we reflect on Dr. King’s vision for democracy and enumerate the steps citizens and governments can take to safeguard it.  

 

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This event is sponsored in part by PECO.

 

Host:

NewCORE  
 

Moderator:

Christopher "Flood the Drummer" Norris, WHYY's Managing Editor for Community and Engagement

Date & Time
Monday, January 16, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

 

Location
WHYY News

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