Alumni Masterclass: Martin Luther King – Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Interested in learning something new? Want to engage in an interesting conversation with a University of Hull academic and alumni with a shared interest? Or do you want to get a taste of what a postgraduate class at the University of Hull is like? Then welcome to the Alumni Masterclass series.

Alumni Masterclass: Martin Luther King – Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Wednesday 5 May | 18:00 | Microsoft Teams
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In this Alumni Masterclass, Jo Metcalf will invite you to engage in a critical discussion of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail and the Powers of Persuasion” (1963). In this letter, much like in his speeches, King’s mission was to persuade the American people, and ultimately the US Federal Government, that segregation between the races was inhumane and illegal. But in this particular case, can we argue that his incarceration served as a particular form of inspiration? Was his letter even more compelling because of his imprisoned status?

Where possible, please try to read a copy of the letter in advance of the class.

It can be accessed here >>

Teacher: Jo Metcalf

Jo Metcalf is a Senior Lecturer in American History & Culture, and herself an alum of Hull (American Studies, 1998). She has research interests in the (pop) cultural representations of gangs and prison and is the Co-Director the University’s Cultures of Incarceration Research Centre. Jo is currently working on a book about the former gang member, turned bestselling author, Luis J Rodriguez.

Jo is the Programme Director for the new MA in Incarceration Studies >>

Alumni Masterclass: Martin Luther King – Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Wednesday 5 May | 18:00 | Microsoft Teams
Book now >>

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