The Dallas Institute’s Sixth Annual MLK Symposium

10 01 2011

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture will present the Sixth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on January 17, 2011, 7PM, at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

The Dallas Institute’s 6th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium will consider one of the most crucial but often neglected aspects of the American Civil Rights Movement: the law. Rev. King insisted from the beginning that the fundamental challenge of the movement was to make a necessary distinction–between just and unjust laws.  There will be two special keynote speakers at the symposium.

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most important events of our time, including the O.J. Simpson trial, the Kenneth Starr investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and the disputed Florida recount of the 2000 presidential election. The author of critically acclaimed New York Times best seller, Toobin’s 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, delves into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices to reveal the inside story of one of America’s most mysterious and powerful institutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Joining Mr. Toobin is veteran attorney Fred Gray, who represented Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 and became Martin Luther King, Jr’s first civil rights lawyer.

Fred Gray’s legal career began in the midst of America’s modern day civil rights movement. With a quiet demeanor, strong determination and secret commitment made in college, he vowed, “to become a lawyer, return to Alabama, and destroy everything segregated I could find.” Gray began his legal career as a sole practitioner, less than a year out of law school, and at age twenty-four, he represented Mrs. Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus, the action that initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  This was the beginning of a legal career that now spans over fifty years. Gray was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a graduate of the Nashville Christian Institute, Alabama State University, and Case Western Reserve University.

FOR TICKETS: Visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s website at or call the Box Office at 214.880.0202. General Admission $20, Teachers and Students $10
GROUP SALES: Contact Ashley Delaney, the Group Sales Coordinator at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, for group tickets (groups of 10 or more, $15 per person). Phone: 214.978.2879

The Dallas Institute is a nonprofit adult educational organization where people gather to enjoy learning and discussing important ideas – from the classics to the best of today’s thinkers – that shape the way we live and think.




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