A Stone of Hope from a Mountain of Despair: UH Will Honor MLK's Legacy

The University of Houston will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a brown bag discussion, "How Faith Shapes Despair & Hope: Protestant and Jewish Perspectives on Dr. King's Life and Legacy," Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the UC Houston Room.

Hosted by Cougar Voices, the discussion will feature remarks by the Rev. Victor Thomas from St. James Episcopal Church and Rabbi Kenneth Weiss, executive director of the Houston Hillel Student Center. Attendees can also participate in a roundtable session facilitated by UH faculty and staff.  Doors will open for the event at 10:30 a.m., and the discussion will begin at 11:30 a.m. President Renu Khator and John Roberts, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, will also present remarks at the discussion. An art exhibit featuring local artists Ted Ellis and Leonard Freeman will also be on display in the Houston Room.

The discussion's theme is based on a quote from King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech: "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." The speech is regarded as the defining moment of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and it established King as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

For his work to end segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent demonstration, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. At 25, King was the youngest person to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

Prior to the discussion, op-ed articles will run in The Daily Cougar Jan. 17 – 24. Related resources are also featured in the M.D. Anderson Library. Faculty, staff and students can join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #MLKUH.


- Kristina Michel

Video highlights of Cougar Voices' 2012 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.