Fifty years ago, on March 22, 1967, Central College in Pella hosted one of America’s most influential citizens: Martin Luther King Jr., who addressed an audience of 1300 in the college gymnasium. Just over a year later, King was assassinated. To mark the anniversary, Central College has planned several events to honor King’s legacy and vision, as well as celebrate ways that Central participates in ongoing efforts toward social justice. As part of the events on campus, Charles Pearson, historical resource consultant with Pearson Consulting and project manager for the Iowa Civil Rights Trails Project, will lead a discussion focusing on the efforts he’s made in developing the Iowa Civil Rights Trails Project, which seeks to highlight Iowa places...
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Charles Pearson: On Preserving African-American History in Iowa