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MLK Biographer Jonathan Eig: In Conversation with Scoop Jackson

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
3:30 pm
- 5:30 pm

MLK Biographer Jonathan Eig: In Conversation with Scoop Jackson Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter Featured

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Discussion: 3:30PM – 4:30PM CDT
Reception: 4:30PM – 5:30PM CDT

Dirksen Federal Building
219 South Dearborn Street
U.S. District Court Ceremonial Courtroom
Room 2525
Chicago, IL 60604

Jonathan Eig, author of “King: A Life,” the widely acclaimed biography of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will appear in conversation with journalist Robert “Scoop” Jackson at Chicago’s downtown U.S. federal courthouse to discuss the first comprehensive biography of Dr. King in decades. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois welcomes Messrs. Eig and Jackson as we celebrate the upcoming Martin Luther King Day holiday in partnership with the Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter. The New York Times described Eig’s book as “a very human, and quite humane, portrait” that is “worthy of its subject.” Eig’s book re-examines the power of Dr. King’s message, which over the years, we have “defanged” by “replacing his complicated politics and philosophy with catchphrases that suit one ideology or another,” Eig told the Los Angeles Times. Light reception to follow.

Jonathan Eig Panelist MLK Biographer

Jonathan Eig, Panelist, Biographer & Author of King: A Life

Jonathan Eig is a renowned biographer and author, best known for his acclaimed work “King: A Life,” a comprehensive biography of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Eig has established himself as a meticulous researcher and a masterful storyteller, adept at bringing historical figures to life through his engaging writing style. His book on Dr. King has been celebrated for its humanizing portrayal and in-depth analysis, shedding new light on the complexities and enduring impact of Dr. King’s life and work. His contributions to literature and his dedication to exploring pivotal moments and figures in history have made him a respected and influential voice in the field of biography.

Robert Scoop Jackson Panelist MLK

Robert “Scoop” Jackson, Panelist, Critically Acclaimed Writer & Journalist

Robert “Scoop” Jackson is a critically acclaimed writer and journalist, renowned for his distinctive and influential voice in sports, music, and discussions on race in American culture. Internationally recognized, Jackson stands out for his unique blend of insightful commentary and cultural analysis. His work, often characterized by its depth and urgency, has resonated across various platforms, earning him a reputation as a pivotal figure in contemporary journalism. His ability to articulate complex and often challenging topics with clarity and passion makes him a sought-after voice in discussions about the evolving landscape of American culture.


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Dirksen Federal Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 2525
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604 US
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