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PEN World Voices Festival presents
Where Do We Go From Here?
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00PM
Brooklyn Museum Auditorium
200 Eastern Pkwy
Fifty years ago this month, America lost its moral lodestar when Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. In his final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (1967), Dr. King examined the direction of the Civil Rights Movement and the need for social and economic justice, as well as an end to the Vietnam War, and argued that America was at a crossroads. Today, America is at a similar crossroads, with mounting internal divisions, growing economic and educational inequality, an epidemic of black deaths at the hands of police, unprecedented incarceration rates that disproportionately affect people of color, and a resurgence of white supremacy. In this discussion, writers Jelani Cobb, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Gregory Pardlo discuss Dr. King’s legacy and pose the same question of our country that he asked then: “Where do we go from here?”