"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brandeis University’s 11th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. This memorial will engage minds, move hearts and shake the building. It features Matthew Carriker, Allison Cornelisse, Dr. Ibrahim Sundiata and the following Brandeis scholars: vocal gymnast Nyah Macklin, orator Makalani Mak, microphone dynamo Marcelo Brociner, the majestic family of oratory sisters Amaris Brown, Queen White & Bronte Velez, dance juggernauts The KAOS KIDS! and creators of human thunder, PLATINUM! We also welcome the embodiment of Rev. Dr. King on this night through the majesty of thespian Tremaine Smith.

The event will continue to cascade our collage of love in memory of the Rev. Dr. King as we witness the return of a Brandeis favorite, Emmy Award-winning artist, tap dance impresario and architect of the Boston Tap Company, Sean Fielder.  

Finally, the evening will embrace filmmaker Clennon L. King (not related to Rev. Dr. King by direct lineage) as he introduces a screening of his award-winning documentary, “Passage at St. Augustine,” followed by a question and answer session. 

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Please arrive early as seats fill quickly. The event is sponsored by MLK Scholars and Friends and the Dean of Students Office.

 

Passage at St. Augustine

About Passage at St. Augustine

“Passage at St. Augustine” tells the story of the bloodiest campaign of the Civil Rights Movement, where the Klan and the Movement fought over passage of the Civil Rights Bill. Nearly 50 years later, the audience is transported back to the battlefield – “the Nation's Oldest City” – to hear from veterans on both sides of the front, klansmen and civil rights foot soldiers alike. Their voices, and others, such as Lyndon B. Johnson, MLK, Andrew Young and the late Brandeis professor Rabbi Leon Jick, tell the story.   

In the racially charged climate America currently finds itself, “Passage at St. Augustine” has roundly been regarded as a thoughtful point of departure to have a constructive conversation about race and race relations. With brief introductory remarks to the film and screening, King segues in facilitating a larger conversation on race, rounding out the program with a question and answer session.

Clennon KingAbout Clennon L. King

Clennon L. King is a former Emmy-nominated television news journalist, who spent more than a decade reporting in the Sunbelt before entering the world of documentary filmmaking.  In February, he produced the award-winning civil rights documentary “Passage at St. Augustine.”

A son of the South, King hails from a prominent civil rights family in Albany, Georgia, where his father, the late Attorney C.B. King, represented scores of civil rights demonstrators, including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation) during the historic 1961-’62 Albany Movement.

The filmmaker attended The Putney School, a Vermont boarding school, earned an English degree at Tulane University and studied law briefly at the University of London’s University College London, Faculty of Laws before opting to pursue journalism. (He also studied film for a year at NYU’s Graduate School of Film and Television.)

His two-decade-long career includes reporting for The Boston Globe, Florida Trend, and the Florida-Times Union. He was also an on-air TV reporter for KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, WSB Atlanta, WSVN Miami, WTLV/WJXX Jacksonville, WALA Mobile and WGBH Boston.        

King’s reporting career has earned an Emmy nomination, a regional and national Edward R. Murrow, and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism also recognized King’s reporting on race. 

In 2002, while reporting in Jacksonville, he became intrigued with the little-known St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement. Well aware that many of the campaign veterans were up in age, King bought a camera, and began securing on-camera interviews with those on both sides of the desegregation issue.

His initial version of the film, known as “Slave Market Diary,” helped mark the 40th anniversary of the St. Augustine, Fla. Civil Rights campaign. However, unhappy with the results, King returned to the project, and 13 years later, produced the hour-long “Passage at St. Augustine.” It won The Henry Hampton Award of Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking at the 2015 Roxbury International Film Festival.          

King is the father of two adult sons, and is the principal at AugustineMonica Films in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he resides.