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ALBC Town Hall – Los Angeles
Lincoln and King’s Unfinished Work
January 17, 2010

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Grand Hall
The Music Center
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Held on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Lincoln and King’s Unfinished Work explored President Lincoln’s significant role in expanding the nation’s definitions of freedom and equality of opportunity and how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work 100 years later reflected in that tradition.  Los Angeles, “the Entertainment Capital of the World” provides the perfect setting to also discuss how words, entertainment and the arts impact race and freedom in the United States.

Panelists included:

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., ALBC Commissioner

Richard Dreyfuss, actor

Gary Ross, writer/director

Ronald C. White, historian and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography

Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright

Warren Furutani, California Assembly member (55th District)

Harry V. Jaffa, historian, author and distinguished fellow at The Claremont Institute (Professor Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College)

Rev. Eric P. Lee, SCLC-LA President/CEO

Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian

Andy Anderson, chief historian-Wells Fargo & Co.,

Dr. Darline Robels, Superintendent at Los Angeles County Suptschools

Stedman Graham, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, moderated.

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The ALBC Town Hall Series is made possible with support from the Fetzer Institute.


The ALBC would like to thank the following co-conveners for their support in making the Los Angeles town hall a success.