Fifty Years Later: Has the Dream Been Realized?

McGuire Proscenium Stage

Back by popular demand

Please join the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Historical Society and an impactful group of local panelists in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. It will be a special evening of reflection, readings and community conversation. 

“Fifty Years Later” is part of the Guthrie’s series of Happenings, which are periodic and timely events responsive to the world around us. Happenings are made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Meet the panel


  • Harry Colbert, managing editor of Insight News


  • Chanda Smith Baker, senior vice president of Community Impact at The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, civil rights attorney, ordained reverend, freedom fighter
  • Dr. Keith Mayes, associate professor, University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Historical Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

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