55th anniversary of the”Fill Up the Jails” speech

Please note: Due to inclement weather, the event planned for February 16 has been rescheduled for February 23.

On behalf of the Virtual MLK Project at North Carolina State University, you are invited to join the research team and guests on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Hunt Library Teaching and Visualization Lab for a commemoration of the 55th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influential “Fill Up the Jails” speech. This event features a demonstration of the second phase of the vMLK project: an interactive website, including audio files and images created from the June 8, 2014 re-enactment of the speech in Durham’s White Rock Baptist Church. The research team, led by Dr. Victoria Gallagher, will be on hand to discuss Phases 1 and 2 of the project as well as plans for Phase 3.

Just days after the start of the Greensboro sit-ins in February 1960, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what would become a widely influential speech titled, “A Creative Protest.” The speech, commonly known as the “Fill Up the Jails” speech, was delivered on February 16, 1960 in Durham, NC. On June 8, 2014 working with the Durham community, the White Rock Congregation, and voice actor Marvin Blanks (noted as the “Orator of the Century”), the team re-created the speech for a public audience. Since that time, they have been developing the website and the audio experiences and pedagogical materials featured here: http://vmlk.chass.ncsu.edu.

Come celebrate the 55th anniversary of the speech with an immersive audio experience at the Hunt Library, and honor the legacy, courage, and determination of North Carolinians who shaped the context of Dr. King’s influential speech.

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


Please RSVP at http://go.ncsu.edu/55th.

Directions and Parking

Please visit http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/parking.


Please contact us at kmpettiw@ncsu.edu or vgallagh@ncsu.edu if you need any accommodations.