Hettie V. Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of African American History, recently spoke with Manuel Chavez, Ph.D., lecturer in the department of World Languages and Culture, about his course “Love, Life and Liberty and the philosophical contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Their conversation, “The Strength to Love: MLK’s Philosophical Contributions,” is the first episode of the second series of the “This Week in Black History, Society, and Culture” podcast.
Chavez, who is also the director of the philosophy program at Monmouth, discusses how he uses King’s important essay “Love Your Enemies” in his course, along with a broader discussion of King’s ideas about the logic of love and the relationship between love, power, and justice.
“This Week in Black History, Society, and Culture” is produced by Black and African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU), an interracial group of faculty at Monmouth University concerned about issues pertaining to the Black/African American experience. BADFU members periodically interview scholars, authors, activists, and community leaders on matters related to the history, society, and culture of Black and African American communities in the United States and beyond. Podcast episodes are on a variety of subjects including higher education, economics, criminal justice, reparations, mental health, history, science, gender, popular culture, women, and politics. New episodes are released weekly on Monday mornings from September to May during each academic term.