“Civil Rights Activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Leonard Bernstein” at the U.S. Embassy
On occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on January 14th hosted a World Café event.January 17th, 2015
The event held focused on the “Civil Rights Activism of MLK, Jr. and Leonard Bernstein.”As January 15th (Thursday) was the 86th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birth, one of the most important men of American – and global-history, this event is of particular importance.
On Wednesday January 16th, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin decided to celebrate this day by hosting a World Cafè event for 30 students from schools in Berlin and Brandeburg, who gathered at 2 Praiser Platz to explore and to discuss the very interesting topic; “Civil Rights Activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Leonard Bernstein”.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely- known for his social commitment as the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, for his speeches and deeds. Furthermore Leonard Bernstein is a famous composer and musician who expressed his strong desire to further social change through music: apparently two different individuals who yet shared a common goal – change the world into a better place.
The students were invited to discuss the topic with Jamie Bernstein; narrator, writer and broadcaster and daughter of Leonard Bernstein; Kimberly Marteau Emerson, member of the International Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, and Craig Urquhart, accomplished musician, former assistant to Leonard Bernstein and Senior Consultant Press and Promotion The Leonard Bernstein Office.
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