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Virtual MLK: 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s’ “Fill Up the Jails” Speech

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February 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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NC State researchers, led by Victoria Gallagher, a professor of communication, will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most iconic speeches on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. King delivered this speech, originally titled “A Creative Protest” but later referred to by King and others as “Fill Up the Jails,” on Feb. 16, 1960 at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham.

 The Virtual MLK (vMLK) event will take audiences back in time by leveraging Hunt Library’s 270-degree visualization capabilities, allowing them to virtually walk around the historic sanctuary, hear a re-creation of King’s speech, and virtually sit with congregation members.

Events include:

  • Self-guided tours throughout the day (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Guided tours from Gallagher and Derek Ham (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.)
  • Family activities (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Choral performances by the White Rock Baptist Church choir and NC State’s Uninhibited Praise Choir (noon)
  • A community discussion on advocacy (2:00 p.m.)
  • Food for purchase from Piri Catering (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Join us for these exciting activities, tours and discussions. Experience the speech, reflect on King’s words and celebrate his legacy.

Admission is free and open to the public.



February 15

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hunt Library
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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