The University of Alabama

Yale Professor to Deliver 2014 MLK Realizing the Dream Lecture

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Jonathan Holloway, professor of history and African-American studies at Yale University, will serve as the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Realizing the Dream Distinguished Lecturer, a project sponsored by the Tuscaloosa chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Stillman College, Shelton State Community College and The University of Alabama.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the College of Education Building on the Stillman College campus. The title of his speech is “The Right Kind of Family: Addressing the Silences in a Civil Rights Memory.” The lecture is free and open to the public; a question-and-answer session will follow.

Dr. Jonathan Holloway

Dr. Jonathan Holloway

Holloway, whose latest book is “Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940,” said his discussion will be based on part of his book, which evolved from a personal historical search of his own family and their Southern roots in North Carolina and Virginia.

“It’s part of a personal family story,” said Holloway, who was raised in Maryland but lived in Montgomery when he was 5 and 6, while his father studied at Maxwell Air Force Base. “That’s really where my memory begins. I don’t remember much at all before that time.”

In his book, Holloway discusses how African-Americans struggle with remembering the past and therefore many worthwhile stories, which are critical parts of their history, have been lost.

“The book deals with how African-Americans have told stories about their past; and in writing these stories I discovered my own family’s personal stories, and I will weave some of those in the talk,” said Holloway, who published his first book, “Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris, Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche 1919-1941,” in 2002.

In addition to the lecture, Holloway will meet with faculty and students Tuesday, March 18, on the UA campus. For details, contact Office of Community Affairs at 205/348-8376.

The Realizing the Dream program, which started in 1990, includes a concert, a legacy banquet and the lecture series.

“The Distinguished Lecture Series represents a critical component of our efforts to raise consciousness about injustice and to promote human equality, peace and social justice by creating educational and cultural opportunities for growth, empowerment and social change to enable every person to experience the bounty of life’s abundant possibilities,” said Dr. Linda R. Beito of Stillman College, chair of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

For more information, contact UA’s Office of Community Affairs at 205/348-8376.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.