Civil Disobedience

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 2:30pm
Walden Pond State Reservation
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join local historians and park staff for this annual program to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, and the legacy of Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience, at Walden Pond State Reservation. 

Visit with Henry David Thoreau, portrayed by historian Richard Smith at the Thoreau house replica near the main parking lot. Discuss the issues of the day and ask Mr. Thoreau your questions about the night he spent in jail in 1846 for not paying his poll tax, an act which inspired his famous essay. This program is for visitors of all ages. 

At 1:30pm Mr. Thoreau will walk visitors to the Tsongas Gallery, at park headquarters where Thoreau Scholar, Tom Blanding, will lead an engaging discussion on the writing of Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience. Learn how Martin Luther King Jr., inspired by Thoreau’s essay used the concept of civil disobedience during the civil rights movement. Additional historic and present day examples of civil disobedience will be introduced during the discussion. 

Privacy vs. public safety and security: documentation of librarian Tomlin E. Brown’s refusal in 1970, to disclose information about library patrons to agents of the federal government, will be on display in the Tsongas Gallery. Walden Pond thanks the William Munroe Special Collections, at the Concord Free Public Library for making this possible. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society 

This is a free program but there is a $5.00 daily parking fee. No pre-registration required. No dogs permitted, unless they are working guides. For more information call park staff at (978) 369-3254. 

Department of Conservation and Recreation