In honour of Black History Month, Hart House, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Multi Faith Centre and Massey College are pleased to present this important event reflecting and exploring the words and life of one of North America’s most preeminent speakers, thinkers, activists and social leaders of the 20th century: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Following the discovery of the Lost Massey Lectures, (edited by Bernie Lucht of CBC Radio Canada’s Ideas) itself a leading and important repository of  many respected Canadian change makers of the day, Dr. King’s speech comes just months before his assassination and leaves us with many questions to explore and pathways for a transformative future.

The presenting partners are pleased to recognize the support of the Office of the President at the University of Toronto and are delighted to announce that President Meric Gertler will be delivering the official Welcome and Opening Remarks on Dr. King as part of the evening. Further remarks will be delivered by Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice President Human Resources and Equity with opening greetings to Hart House by Warden, Professor Bruce Kidd.

In the wake of the loss of globally respected leader and freedom advocate, Nelson Mandela, with forgiveness and reconciliation at the forefront of international politics and policy making, how can Dr. King’s recovered lectures further situate the role of social compassion and action?

Dr. King’s Conscience for Change is a chance for us to revisit our own consciences as a nation and assess our progress, commitment to social change and our ability and willingness to work together towards a common goal.

The evening’s event centres on a number of prolific and thoughtful speakers who bring to light their knowledge, lived experience, critical reflection and unique lens to draw new meaning from Dr. King’s work, while mapping it on to our present day world paying special attention to what we still need to achieve.

What role does the education, social action, and youth today have to offer in re-imagining the world and pushing the agenda for peace and justice? Where is the University situated in this question? Moderated by Associate History Professor and Director of Caribbean Studies, Melanie Newton, the evening will feature readings and reflections by Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Marilyn Legge, former Premier of Ontario and current First Nations Advisor, Bob Rae, student Presidents Vanessa Jev (African Students Association) and Modele Kuforiji (Black Students Association) and Historian, Sheldon Taylor.


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  • Date: Wed, Feb 12, 2014
  • Time & Duration: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Great Hall (1022)