Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Lecture and Conversation

Building the Beloved Community: The Struggle for Justice in Our Time” Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Lecture and Conversation

Thursday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.

The 2022 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Lecture and Conversation will feature a discussion on the contemporary state of what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Hear unique perspectives from former Attorney General Eric Holder and a panel of scholars who will offer their views on human rights and justice after years of unprecedented social upheaval.

Watch at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 on the Morehouse College YouTube channel.

The Honorable Eric Holder, Keynote Remarks
82nd United States Attorney General

Eric Holder served as United States Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015. As the third longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, Time magazine named Eric to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.” Holder served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan.

Holder is now a senior counsel with Covington, advising clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns.

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Dr. Carol Anderson, Panelist
Candler Professor of African American Studies Chair, African American Studies at Emory University

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960; and White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and is also a New York Times Bestseller, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and listed on the Zora List of 100 Best Books by Black Woman Authors since 1850.

Rev. James Woodall, Panelist
State President of the Georgia NAACP

James Woodall is currently the state president of the Georgia NAACP. He also is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army, having served as an intelligence analyst. He also served on the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia and was the state vice president of the Georgia Clients Council. He also served as the deputy campaign manager for Francys Johnson for Congress and has served as the legislative aide to State Representative Miriam Paris for three years in the Georgia General Assembly. He also sits on the Georgia Chamber’s Board of Governors.

Dr. David Wall Rice, moderator

Dr. David Wall Rice is Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and Principal Investigator of the Identity, Art and Democracy Lab, a research space that looks at expressions of identity balance through engagement, the exploration of varied contexts and personal narratives. Rice is also the former Danforth endowed chair of psychology at Morehouse College, was founding director of the Institute for Social Justice Inquiry and Praxis and founding Co-Director of the School’s Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Program. Rice also serves Morehouse as curator for Crown Forum.