Joynes Event :: Gary Younge, Award-Winning British Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
7:00 pm :: Wednesday, January 29 :: The Joynes Suite, 007 Carothers Residence Hall
Posted: January 7, 2014
Gary Younge is a feature writer for The Guardian and a columnist for The Nation. In his visit to the Joynes
Reading Room, Younge will discuss his most recent book in an onstage interview with Professor Eric Tang of UT’s
Department of African and African Diaspora Studies.
This gripping book is rooted in new and important interviews with Clarence Jones, a close friend of and draft speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr., and Joan Baez, a singer at the march, as well as Angela Davis and other leading civil rights leaders.
Younge's writings include: No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South (1999); Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States (2006) and Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? (2010)
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. Just over fifty
years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement and continues to be heralded as a
beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. Discussing his new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.’s Dream, author and journalist Gary Younge examines the spirit of that historic day in Washington
and the misappropriation of King’s legacy since. Younge offers a critical analysis of why “I Have a Dream” remains
America’s favorite speech.
The Joynes Reading Room is located on the east side of the Carothers Residence Hall at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the University of Texas at Austin Campus. Paid parking is available at the garage at 25th Street and San Antonio.
Call 512 471-5787 for more information.
This event is free and open to the public.