The annual Martin Luther King Lecture was given by Jennifer Tosch, founder of Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam, New York and Brussels. Co-founder of the Sites of Memory Foundation and member of the Mapping Slavery Project Netherlands. In her lecture, Tosch emphasised the role of women in activism. For although women's voices were barely heard in the past, history teaches us that they stood up for their rights.
Journalist Nicole Terborg spoke with Jennifer Tosch, Mitchell Esajas of the New Urban Collective and The Black Archives, former politician John Leerdam and Harcourt Klinefelter, former advisor to Martin Luther King, about suppressed perspectives.
The nominees for the Martin Luther King Spoken Word contest, Noë van Leeuwen, Anna van Doorn, Dina Bousbaa, Tasha Mhishi and Kwan Suppaiboonsuk, performed their entry live on Black Heritage Night. The expert jury, consisting of Babs Gons, Dorothy Blokland, Onias Landveld and Dave Ensberg, declared Tasha Mhishi the winner of the Martin Luther King Spoken Word contest 2021.
The documentary 'King: A filmed record...Montgomery to Memphis' was screened in the new Rialto VU film theatre.
This diverse and exciting programme was brought to you by VU Amsterdam, Black Achievement Month, Stichting Martin Luther King Lezing, Justice & Peace, New Urban Collective, Rialto VU and VUvereniging
(Photo: UPI/From the film poster: KIng: A filmed record. Montgomery to Memphis)