Virtual MLK: 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s' "Fill Up the Jails" Speech


Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00am to 3:00pm

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Event Description

NC State researchers, led by Dr. Victoria Gallagher, will immerse community members in one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most iconic speeches. King delivered this speech, originally titled “A Creative Protest” but later referred to by King and others as “Fill Up the Jails,” on February 16, 1960 at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham. The Virtual MLK (vMLK) event will take audiences back in time by leveraging the Hunt Library's 270-degree visualization capabilities, allowing them to virtually walk around the historic sanctuary, hear a re-creation of King’s speech, and virtually sit with congregation members.

Events at the Hunt Library will include:

Self-guided tours throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Guided tours Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Derek Ham (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) Space for the guided tours is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, please complete this form

Family activities (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Choral performances by the White Rock Baptist Church choir and NC State's Uninhibited Praise Choir (noon)

A community discussion on advocacy (2:00 p.m.)

Food for purchase from Piri Catering (11:30 - 1:00 p.m.)

More details will follow. Please check this site for the most up-to-date schedule.

Just as members of local churches, college students, and community leaders attended the 1960 event, the 2020 vMLK event invites the community to join these activities, tours, and discussions. Participants can experience the speech as an audience member, reflect on King’s words, and celebrate his legacy. 

Contact Information

Marian Fragola

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

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