Braden Institute plans MLK read-in, anniversary open house


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an April 4 open house and a campus read-in marking the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s notable anti-war speech.

    The institute invites groups and individuals to participate in the 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. read-in of King’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech and have discussions about its relevance today. Locations will be the quad entrance to Ekstrom Library and the ramp (weather permitting) to the Swain Student Activities Center on the Belknap Campus.

    The April 4, 1967, speech at Riverside Church in New York City was considered King’s most radical critique of the war and policies that created it; the social justice activist delivered it one year before his assassination.

    Read-in participants can contact the institute at or 502-852-6142.

     Later that day, the institute plans a public open house with refreshments at its office in Room 258, Ekstrom Library, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

     The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in the College of Arts and Sciences is named for a Louisville journalist and crusader active in the civil rights movement for nearly six decades until her death in 2006.

    UofL’s law school is also hosting an MLK-related celebration. A March 30 event from noon to 1:30 p.m. marks the 50th anniversary of King’s visit to the school. The Braden Institute is a co-sponsor of that program.

    For more information about the Braden Institute, contact Catherine Fosl, institute director, at 502-852-6142 or or check


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.