On April 4, 1968, the world mourned the loss of great American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This gallery discussion will highlight Alfredo Jaar’s piece, Life Magazine, April 19, 1968, a tribute to Gordon Parks’ documentation of the historic funeral procession held a few days after the assassination. Fifty years later—to the day of that issue—we remember the event through stories and discussions with local activists, including those who participated in responses to this culture-shattering moment and who continue working towards justice and equality today. The discussion will be led by Robin Hickman (grand-niece of Gordon Parks) and community leader Bill English with local Black Lives Matter activists and sisters Wintana and Merone Melekin.
William “Bill” English is an award-winning community activist dedicated to civic engagement, civil rights, and social justice in the Twin Cities. He was the founding executive director of Sabathani Community Center and has served with numerous other organizations within the community.
Robin P. Hickman is the CEO and executive producer of SoulTouch Productions, a television and film production company and consulting organization dedicated to making meaningful media with powerful social impact. She has won numerous awards, including for her extensive work in public broadcasting.