Bellingham-raised author to discuss "Misremembering Dr. King" at Village Books


Jennifer Yanco talks about her book, "Misremembering Dr. King: Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Yanco says King was a strong critic of militarism who argued the United States should take the lead in promoting peaceful solutions rather than imposing its will through military might; that growing materialism and an ethos of greed was destroying the health of the country; and that in a nation where racism continues unabated, white Americans need to educate themselves about racism and its history and take their part in the weighty task of dismantling it.

Yanco was born in Boston, grew up in Bellingham, and holds a doctorate in linguistics from Indiana University. She currently serves as U.S. director of the West African Research Association and lives in the Boston area, where she is a visiting scholar at Boston University.

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