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The Other Night School: Hip Hop and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Oak Room, Inn at Serenbe 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Palmetto, GA, 30268 United States (map)

Dr. Larry Rivers, Associate Professor of History, University of West Georgia

What does Hip Hop have to do with Martin Luther King, Jr.? With the first-ever federal holiday observation of King scheduled for January 20, 1986, the martyred civil rights activist’s child, Dexter King, began organizing a musical tribute. Could Hip Hop--a potentially powerful, yet largely misunderstood music form--represent the principles for which his father had stood? Join us as we investigate this curious convergence.



The Other Night School is a lecture series in partnership with Hills & Hamlets Bookshop, the University of West Georgia College of the Arts and HumanitiesUWG School of the Arts, and AIR Serenbe. University professors give talks on topics of interest—historical, intriguing, and curious—in a setting relaxed and dynamic. Following the lecture is a conversation with the speaker, a question-and-answer discussion paired with wine and cheese. 


AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.