U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

Theme Statement

THE 2017 SYMPOSIUM THEME

Each year a planning committee composed of faculty, staff and students across campus choose a theme based on its relevance to current social justice issues and the teachings of Dr. King.

The 2017 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium theme is…  Sounds of Change

“Sounds of Change” brings to mind images of the auditory experiences that mark moments of change. The term implicitly addresses the plurality of change: positive, negative and ambivalent. This plurality represents a broad spectrum of sounds from music that comforts in times of grief to roaring voices of contention. It can represent dialogue that motivates, noise that drowns out discussion, and indeed, silence itself as a means of creating change. Ultimately people are the producers of sound and so are the agents of change…

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