The Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Project - A rhetorical digital humanities project of the 'Fill Up the Jails' public speech.

Friday, February 10, 2023
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


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.” Despite the historical and rhetorical significance of what is commonly known as the “Fill Up the Jails” speech, no recordings exist. Here, for the first time, using advanced digital and audio technology, this project provides an opportunity for scholars, students and citizens to experience and explore this important speech.

The Virtual Martin Luther King Project contributes to contemporary humanities scholarship through emphasizing an understanding of context, providing direct engagement with the importance of location, highlighting the content of this speech in relation to our contemporary moment, and illuminating the material consequences of this experience. Additionally, the MLK project enables a deeper consideration and understanding of the very nature of public address as experience.


This is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.


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Candice L. Edrington
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications

Candice L. Edrington is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Informations and Communication. Her teaching and research explore the intersections of strategic communication, social movements and social media through a public relations lens. Edrington began teaching as an adjunct instructor in 2013 while working in the public relations industry as a consultant. Maintaining her love for theory and practice, she continues to consult on several community serving projects such as the NEH grant-funded project, the Virtual Martin Luther King Project, housed at her alma mater, North Carolina State University. Her degrees include a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Winthrop University, an M.A. in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from High Point University, and a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media with an emphasis in Digital Public Relations from North Carolina State University.