Date(s) - 01/15/17 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Walden Pond State Reservation
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Join local historians and Walden staff for the 23rd annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience,” at Walden Pond State Reservation.
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Visit with Henry David Thoreau, portrayed by historian Richard Smith, at the Thoreau house replica near the main parking lot.
Ask Mr. Thoreau about the night he spent in jail in 1846 for not paying his poll tax, an act which inspired his influential essay!
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Thoreau Scholar Tom Blanding, will lead an engaging discussion on the writing of “Civil Disobedience,” at the Walden Pond Visitor Center. Learn how Martin Luther King Jr., having read Thoreau’s essay, used the concept of civil disobedience during the civil rights movement. Additional examples of civil disobedience, both historic and present day, will be covered.