Capturing the perfect moment: Applying King’s lessons to today

“How many perfect moments can you count in your life?” asks educator and scholar Theodore Ransaw. “The civil rights movement was God’s blessing of delivering the right people for the perfect moments in history that changed our world today.”

On Thursday, Jan. 30, Ransaw will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture at Manchester University. The public is invited to the free program that begins at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Reservations are not necessary.

Ransaw, author of The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity, will speak from the same podium that King used on Feb. 1, 1968 to tell his Manchester audience about “The Future of Integration.”

Ransaw is a research fellow and outreach specialist in K-12 education for Michigan State University, where he focuses on closing the achievement gap of African American males, black masculinity and communication. While on the faculty of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, despite academic and law enforcement hurdles, he developed a class in Afro-American hip-hop music and culture.

“His research background in black masculinity lends itself perfectly to Dr. King and his larger-than-life appeal to many,” says Michael Dixon, MU director of intercultural services. “Those who remember Dr. King remember him for his speeches, but those who study Dr. King know that how he portrayed himself allowed him to get his message across effectively.”

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