Awakening from the Dream: The Legacy of MLK
January 9, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Jonathan Eig, award-winning biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., discusses how King used faith and civic spirit to forge the greatest grassroots movement in American history. Focusing on the moment he assumed leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we come to understand as much about the foundation of King’s approach as we do about what we can learn from his dream in today’s divided world.
Jonathan Eig is the bestselling author of six books, including his most recent King: A Life, which The New York Times hailed as a “monumental” new biography of Martin Luther King Jr.. King: A Life was nominated for the National Book Award. His previous book, Ali: A Life, won a 2018 PEN America Literary Award and was a finalist for the Mark Lynton History Prize. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Jonathan began his writing career at age 16, working for his hometown newspaper, The Rockland County (N.Y.) Journal News, studied journalism at Northwestern University, and went on to work as a reporter for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.