This Americana

is a series of speakers and conversations centered around history, culture, and the ideas that shape us as a community. The War Memorial presents both nationally-known and local speakers, exploring the important issues facing our families and region.


Dr. Gary Dorrien

The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black Social Gospel

February 24, 2018
12:30pm — reception
2pm — main event

Tickets: $25, including a reception with Dr. Dorrien

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The Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s left a lasting impact on how our society addresses racial injustices. With noteworthy leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the helm, the movement has influenced generations of social justice advocates. But what influenced the Civil Rights Movement?

Renowned social ethicist  Gary Dorrien explores this theme in his appearance at The War Memorial. The Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University, Prof. Dorrien is an Episcopal priest, lifelong athlete, and the author of numerous books and articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Philosopher Cornel West — who appeared at The War Memorial last April — describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today.” 


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Major Mary Jennings Hegar presents Be the Change

Combat Veteran and author of Shoot Like a Girl

Thursday, April 12, 2018
6:30pm — VIP reception
8pm — Keynote

VIP: $60 – VIP Reception, including a hosted bar, passed appetizers, an opportunity to meet Major Mary Jennings Hegar in an intimate setting, and premium seating for the main event
General admission: $35

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A dramatic journey through a military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.


“A must-read about an American patriot whose courage and determination will have a lasting impact on the future of our Armed Forces and the nation.”

— Senator John McCain