: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated as an icon of civil disobedience and the idea of good protest in American political culture. How does the reality of King's evolving reflections on the philosophy and strategy of nonviolent direct action compare to the myth that has come to surround it? Alexander Livingston, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Government at Cornel University, lectures on these questions, examining King's contemporary legacy for contemporary protest politics from two competing perspectives: its ideological deployment by conservatives and liberals to delimit the boundaries of appropriate protest, and the evolution of King's own thinking about the purpose of civil disobedience in the final years of his life. By charting the way a certain myth of the meaning of civil disobedience in the Civil Rights era came to displace reality, this lecture suggests how we might recover philosophical insights from King today to challenge familiar discourses about the purpose of protest, the boundaries of civility, and the meaning of nonviolence. This lecture happens through Zoom. Email Matt Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom info for this event.