Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots

This is happening at the IMC on January 25th!

CUCPJ and UCIMC will host “Reclaiming MLK’s Radical Roots” as part of a national effort to bring the #BlackLivesMatter movement into the New Year.

We’ll have invited readers, music, and refreshments, and an open mic. Bring your favorite King speeches and reflections on them, or we’ll supply copies of his more radical writings.

Too often in mainstream media we see a whitewashed Martin Luther King. But if King had been only a dreamer, they wouldn’t have shot him. His words and actions of nearly fifty years ago were controversial at the time and remain profoundly radical today.

We want to revisit his example to bring forth a 21st Century grassroots movement. We continued to be haunted by what King called the triplets of “racism,” “materialism,” and “militarism.” Now more than ever we need a “radical revolution” against the New Jim Crow―mass incarceration, police brutality, and a criminal injustice system keeping African American youth in shackles. What can we understand of today’s situations in the light of Martin Luther King’s vision, and where does it lead us?

January 25, 2-4 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, old Urbana post office). In the main floor Sun Room.

Sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace and Justice and the U-C Independent Media Center.

Facebook event page can be found here.



January Meeting

Next CU Radical Reading Group meeting:

When: Sunday, January 18, 4-6pm

Where: Independent Media Center, Family Room, 202 South Broadway Ave., Urbana

We will be discussing the first six chapters of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by revolutionary/historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (we will discuss the remaining chapters in our February meeting).

For those who are unable to obtain a copy of the book, Kristina has an extra copy for folks to borrow.  Email her at

We hope to see you there.