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Making Sense of the Sixties Focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.

On the cusp of another historic presidential election, voters and historians alike continue to ponder the deaths of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy—what they might have become and what their political legacies are today. To achieve a better understanding of not only these cases but also their historical contexts, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will kick off Making Sense of the Sixties: A National Symposium on the Assassinations and Political Legacies of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy tomorrow on Duquesne’s campus.

The first day of the conference will focus on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Among tomorrow’s speakers and panelists available for interviews are:

  • The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in 2008 Isaac Farris, Jr., MLK’s nephew and chief operating officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center of Nonviolent Social Change
  • What Went Wrong with James Earl Ray’s Appeal? The Honorable Joe Brown, host of TV’s Judge Joe Brown, a former state criminal court judge in Shelby County, Tenn., who presided over convicted killer James Earl Ray’s appeals
  • The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.: The Final Story William Pepper, counsel for RFK’s convicted killer Sirhan Sirhan and the former counsel for MLK’s convicted killer, James Earl Ray

Making Sense of the Sixties runs through Sunday, Oct. 5. For a detailed schedule and more information, visit www.duq.edu/makingsense.

When: Friday, Oct. 3, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Squar

Information: To set up a media interview and to arrange for parking, call Rose Ravasio at 412.396.6051/cell 412.818.0234.

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