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vMLK Project: 60th Anniversary of “A Creative Protest”

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February 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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NC State researchers, led by Victoria Gallagher, a professor of communication, will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most iconic speeches on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. King delivered his “A Creative Protest” speech, commonly called “Fill the Jails,” on Feb. 16, 1960 at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham. The Virtual MLK (vMLK) event will take audiences back in time by leveraging the digital affordances of the Hunt Library, including the 270 degree immersive visualization/sound and VR capabilities, allowing visitors to move around the historic sanctuary, hear a re-creation of King’s speech and sit with congregation members. Events will include choral performances, family activities, guided tours and a community discussion on advocacy. Just as members of local churches, college students and community leaders attended the 1960 event, the 2020 vMLK event invites the community to join these activities, tours and discussion. Participants can experience the speech as an audience member, reflect on King’s words and celebrate his legacy.  

Events include:

  • Self-guided tours throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Guided tours from Gallagher and Derek Ham (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.)
  • Family activities (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Choral performances by the White Rock Baptist Church choir and NC State’s Uninhibited Praise Choir (noon)
  • A community discussion on advocacy (2:00 p.m.)
  • Food for purchase from Piri Catering (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Admission is free and open to the public.



February 15

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hunt Library
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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Marian Fragola