1963 Then & Now: A 60-Year Retrospective of America

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Please join us for an interdisciplinary symposium co-presented by the Stanford Humanities Center and Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. While August 2023 marked 60 years since the momentous March on Washington, the Institute felt hosting the event on the 60th anniversary of Attorney General Bobby Kennedy’s memo granting the FBI permission to wiretap MLK "at his current address or at any future address to which he may move," was a way to center just how radical the events of 1963 were in the moment.

The aim of this symposium then is to commemorate the importance of the civil rights struggles of 1963 and what they mean for us today, 60 years later. In revisiting 1963, we hope to have robust conversation, civil disagreement, and above all, an educational and empowering experience.

"As in MLK's Day, FBI is failing against white nationalism"
By Institute director Lerone A. Martin

About the Speakers

Co-sponsored with the Stanford Institute on Race, the Department of History, the American Studies Program, African and African American Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies



(All events take place in the SHC Board room except the keynote lecture)

Thursday, October 12

11:00am - 12:30pm: Keynote address and book signing 

New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Eig’s “King: A Life”

Levinthal Hall

4:00 - 5:30pm: 1963 Roundtable | Why Does 1963 Matter Today?    

Jeanne Theoharis
Hajar Yazdiha
Shirin Sinnar
Thomas Jackson

SHC Board Room

Friday October 13

9:30 - 11:00am: MOW Panel: What Does the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Mean for Today?

Jonathan Greenberg
Ayesha Hardaway
Rabia Belt
William Jones

SHC Board Room

1:00 - 2:30pm: Birmingham Campaign: What Does the Birmingham Campaign (and its aftermath) Mean Today?        

Adam Banks
James T. Campbell
Jonathan Eig
Ansley Quiros

SHC Board Room

2:30 - 3:00pm: Benediction

SHC Board Room



Watch recordings from the event