"Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: From Hate to Hope"

curated by Johanna Beaupre, Deanna Grelecki, Katy Roets, and Dr. Dean Vesperman
Preus Library
February 1 - April 6, 2018

From Hate to Hope

Photography captures more than a moment in time. It creates and adds to a larger narrative of history. "Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: From Hate to Hope" is a commemoration of the life and tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. It features images from four pivotal events in the life of one of the greatest American leaders: the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the March on Selma, and his assassination. The purpose is to view the life of MLK not in the scope of the hateful events in Memphis on April 4, 1968, but to commemorate the power of hope in the face of so much hate. The photos of these events focus on Martin Luther King Jr. as a man who sought to walk with others on a path for greater freedom and liberty for all people. Photographs in the show were selected by the student curators from a variety of online sources, including the Library of Congress, the Associated Press, Getty Images, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and History.com.

The curators of the exhibit are Johanna Beaupre (18), Deanna Grelecki (19), and Katy Roets (18), who were enrolled in EDUC 352: Advanced Social Studies Methods (5-12). Johanna Beaupre is a senior from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is majoring in history with minors in education and Spanish, as well as an English language education endorsement. She is a member of the Nordic Choir and a leader of the organization Educators for Social Justice. Deanna Grelecki is a junior from Oakwood Hills, Illinois. She is double majoring in history and anthropology and minoring in secondary education. Deanna loves dancing and is involved with Luther's Ballroom and Swing team. Katy Roets is from Ellington, Connecticut, and will be graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in history. She is the Vice President of Luther's Student Senate, and sings in the Collegiate Chorale. Dr. Dean P. Vesperman is an assistant professor of education at Luther College. Before coming to Luther College, he taught junior high and high school social studies for 11 years in southeast Wisconsin and earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University. He is very active in state and national councils for social studies.


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