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PHSC hosts Making a King: Contested Legacies of a Civil Rights Icon

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 14, 2019

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) will host the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series featuring Derrick White, Ph.D., visiting professor, Dartmouth College and historian and scholar of Black studies.

White will present “Making a King: The Contested Legacies of a Civil Rights Icon.”

Three presentations are scheduled at PHSC campuses in Pasco and Hernando counties:

Wednesday, January 23

  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Conference Center, B303, Wesley Chapel, 2727 Mansfield Blvd.
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. – West Campus, Conference Center, R151, New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road

Thursday, January 24

  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. – North Campus, Room B104/105, Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. White as a guest lecturer to engage our faculty, staff, students, and the community,” said Imani D. Asukile, director of global and multicultural awareness and special assistant to the president.

“Making a King” will examine how various organizations have interpreted King’s life and work in the decades after his assassination. White will explore King’s socio-political philosophy in the months before his death, and how organizations such as the Institute of the Black World and the Martin Luther King Center clashed over the activist’s legacy. Finally, White will review how the modern interpretation of King’s life shapes contemporary civil rights policy.

The presentation is offered to all at no charge. The public, private groups, organizations and schools are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the PHSC information center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC or visit

Photo Caption: Derrick White, Ph.D., PHSC MLK Lecture Series keynote speaker