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Almost fifty years ago, following the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Augsburg canceled class on May 15, 1968 for a day of listening and discussion that focused on racism in Minneapolis and beyond. Leaders from Minnesota’s black community delivered speeches about how racism intersected with economics, education, police brutality, politics, residential segregation, sex, and more.
The Augsburg audiovisual department recorded each session, and thirteen of the original recordings have been digitized by Lindell Library’s Digitization Lab to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pan-Afrikan Student Union (PASU). PASU began as a consequence of the discussions that took place on “One Day in May” and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this week.
For more information about the Digitization Lab or Augsburg’s digital archives, please contact Stewart Van Cleve, firstname.lastname@example.org.