The King is Dead/Long Live the King: Rethinking Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy in the Era of Black Lives Matter


Thursday, October 1, 2020, 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for its signature weekly series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and community leaders, and experts from the Global South. Hosted and facilitated by Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse, the series also aligns with a course they will co-teach this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School on Economic Justice: Theory and Practice. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. 


  • Brandon M. Terry | Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University
  • Jason Lee | Community Organizer, Chicago

Brandon M. TerryBrandon M. Terry Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University and a Faculty Affiliate of American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for History and Economics. A scholar of African American political thought, political philosophy, and race, politics, and culture, Brandon is the editor of Fifty Years Since MLK (MIT/Boston Review, 2018) and the co-editor, with Tommie Shelby, of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard University Press, 2018). Brandon has published work in Modern Intellectual History, Political Theory, Boston Review, Dissent, The Point, New Labor Forum, Du Bois Review, The Plough, and Perspectives on Politics. An active contributor to public debate, Brandon has also provided commentary for The New York Times, Time, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, NPR, Time, MTV News, The Nation, Jacobin, and other national and international publications. He is currently completing a book entitled The Tragic Vision of the Civil Rights Movement: Political Theory and the Historical Imagination.

Jason Lee is an organizer, political & digital strategist, and essayist with almost a decade of experience in organized labor, progressive politics, and black social movements. Jason is currently CEO and founder of WeAre, a black-owned new media consultancy whose current and past clients include the DCCC, Congressional Black Caucus, the Chicago Teachers Union, and the IL AFL-CIO amongst others. Jason is formerly the political director for United Working Families, an affiliate of the Working Families Party. UWF is an independent political organization founded and backed by progressive labor unions, dedicated to giving a political voice to working people in Illinois. Concurrently Jason was also director for the IIllinois Black Voter project, a non-partisan community and labor coalition to mobilize low propensity black voters. In 2017, he authored an essay with Harvard Professor Brandon Terry,  titled Rethinking the Problem of Alliance: Organized Labor and Black Political Life and was published in the New Labor Forum's Fall 2017 volume. Jason is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Black Youth Project 100 and the Defund CPD Policy Committee. 


Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.


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