Author, scholar to speak about Martin Luther King Jr., Lorraine Motel

by rcnewsblog on January 22, 2013

Almost everyone knows of Martin Luther King Jr., but the place of his death, the Lorraine Motel, is seldom extensively explored.

As part of Roanoke College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Rabbi Ben Kamin will be coming to campus on Sunday, Jan. 27 to speak about his book “Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel.”

Kamin is an established civil rights scholar who specializes in the events surrounding King. He also is a nationally-known clergyman, teacher, counselor and author of eight books on human values, civil rights and spirituality. He has led congregations in Toronto, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and San Diego, and he has published hundreds of articles about community issues.

His book “Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel,” brings the story of the historic motel to life. Not only does Kamin explore the location during the time of the assassination of King, but he tells the journey of the Lorraine Motel from segregated business to civil rights museum. There are a collection of voices that Kamin has weaved into his writing from individuals who were present during King’s death to activists who helped preserve the historic landmark.

Kamin’s lecture will take place in the Colket Center’s Wortmann Ballroom at 7 p.m., and it is sponsored by Roanoke’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Activities Board, Black Student Alliance and Hillel.

Contact Juliet Lowery at for more information.

–By Kayla Fuller ’14


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