Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

“At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom”


Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wang Campus Center Tishman Commons (105)

This annual lecture pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King as a Civil Rights leader and his enormous contribution to advancing civil rights in the United States by inspiring legislative, administrative, and behavioral and attitudinal changes. This year’s address will be delivered by Dr. Robert L. Green, a nationally known scholar who worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Dr. Green is an expert on education, urban development and issues related to diversity. He has been a prominent organizer of school reform initiatives and major education forums. He served as a consultant and facilitator of several Partner Summits on academic achievement and school reform in San Francisco and Dallas. He has worked on school reform efforts in Memphis and Portland, and has directed a grant-funded research team that evaluated the Detroit Public School system. His work has focused on the impact of poverty and discrimination on urban populations and explored the relationship between expectations and student achievement. He has advised mayors, state legislators and community leaders on policy and provided counsel to college presidents and administrators on curriculum and faculty development. In addition, he has served on court-appointed committees in cases involving education-related fair employment issues and provides consulting services to corporate leaders, advising them on employee morale, productivity and workforce diversity.

Dr. Green has written many articles on student achievement and school reform and has edited and authored ten books. He edited Expectations in Education: Readings on High Teacher Expectations, Effective Teaching, and Student Achievement, authored Expectations: How Teacher Expectations Can Increase Student Achievement and The Urban Challenge: Poverty and Race. His research and writing contributions include a W.K. Kellogg Foundation national report on strategies to improve the quality of life in urban communities. He is also the author of a major article on school reform published in The Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The event is produced by the Martin Luther King Committee with generous support from the The Wilson Fund. It is free and open to the public.