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Civic Learning Week Lecture with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

EST  | In person

Join us at DC Public Library (Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library – 901 G Street NW) for our kick-off event for Civic Learning Week with a lecture by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III.

Imagine navigating the anger, hatred and violence in today’s turbulent political and social landscape with a profound sense of hope, resilience and spiritual resistance. Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III, renowned civil rights leader and author of Dancing in the Darkness: Spiritual Lessons for Thriving in Turbulent Times, will share insights from his journey and the teachings from his book.

Moss, a mentor to former President Obama, has actively fostered societal change and pushed against the status quo. Now, he’s sharing these insights. Inspired by his father, pastor Otis Moss Jr., as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Moss’s words have the power to bridge personal experiences with the broader social justice landscape, providing a renewed perspective on navigating life’s challenges. Hear from someone who has experienced these challenges firsthand and managed to find strength in unexpected places.

Using his book, Dr. Moss will discuss the significant events and experiences from Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood and youth that shaped his perspectives and propelled Dr. King to become a civil rights leader and social justice advocate.

Dr. Moss will be joined in conversation by Rev. Thomas Bowen, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs and the Director of the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs.

The event will occur in New Books located on the 1st Floor.

Registration is recommended but not required.

About the Book

Dancing in the Darkness is a life-affirming guide to the practical, political, and spiritual challenges of our day. Drawing on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, sacred scripture, southern wisdom, global spiritual traditions, Black culture, and his own personal experiences, Dr. Moss instructs us on how to practice spiritual resistance by combining justice and love.

About the Author

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III serves as the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, and has built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a Master of Divinity form Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation.

This event is free and open to all. Join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and dynamic lecture on the life and legacy of Dr. King.


March 7
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Libary
901 G Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001 United States
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