Monday, January 18, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2021, the Concord Museum will be presenting a virtual forum featuring a conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna. His grandfather, Amarnath Vidyalankar, was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s act of civil disobedience and was jailed as part of Mahatma Ghandi’s independence movement. U. S. Representative Rohit Khanna is an American politician, lawyer, and academic serving from California’s 17th congressional district since 2017. Congressman Khanna and Tom Putnam, Concord Museum’s Edward W. Kane Executive Director, will have a wide-ranging conversation on Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Henry David Thoreau, and the significance of non-violent protest in our democracy today.
The Concord Museum Forum will also include two short videos. Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” left an indelible mark and inspired non-violent activism throughout history including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership during the Civil Rights movement and Mahatma Ghandi’s campaign for Indian independence. Concord Museum’s Curator David Wood will narrate a two-minute video about what led up to Thoreau’s arrest for non-payment of the poll tax in July of 1846. Peggy N. Gerry Curatorial Associate Erica Lome will give viewers a closer look at the lock and key used to hold Thoreau in the Concord Jail.
Please note that this forum is virtual. Please sign up to watch the program live on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
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