Doug Allen: MLK keynote 1/21/2008

12th Annual Greater Bangor NAACP and University of Maine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

This rocks!

This outstanding podcast and video features a speech given by University of Maine Professor of Philosophy, Doug Allen. Doug’s complete bio appears below the fold.

Doug covers Dr. King’s philosophy, methods, and the lessons we must learn from his true legacy. Unfortunately, a “fake” King is the image typically in use today. Doug also reads the not-enough-read King texts. And he calls us out to disrupt our normal compliance with injustices we see around us everywhere in plain site–as King would. Ending our acquiescence to the litany of war, multi-faceted violence, and economic horrors that especially affect the most vulnerable is the major theme in King’s life and the one that Doug helps us understand is the lesson we should learn when we honor that life today.

The downloadable audio-only attached podcast is basically the same as the video, except included are an introduction by emcee Angel Loredo and additional concluding remarks.

Featured Speaker
Douglas Allen, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maine, is author and editor of 13 books and 100 scholarly book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Allen served as President of the International Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, 2001-2004. He has had Fulbright and Smithsonian grants to India, and he was honored with the Maine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award. His most recent books are Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade, Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror, and The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century.

Doug Allen is a scholar of peace and nonviolence and a peace and justice activist strongly influenced by the life and philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This started with Doug’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the South, and he has taught King’s philosophy for a Black Studies program in Illinois and at the University of Maine. King continues to shape his research, teaching, and activism.

Doug’s activism includes the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement, the Anti-apartheid Movement and other struggles against racism, feminist and environmental movements, and opposition to U.S. global policies since 9/11 and the Iraq War and occupation. A founder and faculty advisor to the Maine Peace Action Committee at the University of Maine, he serves as Education Coordinator of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine in Bangor. Recipient of Maine’s Hands of Peace Award in 2005, he received The Scroll of Peace International Award for Peace Research in India in 2006. In recent years, he has been giving talks and publishing articles on terrorism, religion and violence, and the war in Iraq. Many of his presentations focus on Mahatma Gandhi, King, and positive alternatives based on a commitment to nonviolence, peace, equality, freedom, and democracy.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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