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vMLK Project: 60th Anniversary of a Creative Protest Exhibition

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

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On February 15, 2020, 10 am to 3:00pm, NC State researchers, led by Victoria Gallagher, at the James B. Hunt Library will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King’s most iconic speeches. King delivered his “A Creative Protest” speech, commonly called “Fill the Jails,” on February 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 at the Hunt Library 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.  

Schedule of vMLK Events at the Hunt Library:

Self-guided tours throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Guided tours Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Derek Ham (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) Space for the guided tours is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, please complete this form

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 – 1:00 p.m.)


Hunt Library
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States

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Marian Fragola
Department of Communication