Welcome

Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthdate has been a tradition at The University of Iowa since 1969, and the national holiday has been observed through human rights programs since its inception in 1986. In 1990 the University initiated the Human Rights convocation program. Afternoon classes were cancelled to encourage student, faculty, and staff participation in programs that encourage dialogue about diversity and reinforce the principle that the University is a forum for the free exchange of ideas. The convocation has been an opportunity for serious thinking by all of us about issues of social justice, human rights, and world peace.

An official University holiday was designated in 1995 to provide an opportunity to engage the University community in a discussion of the human values that the King holiday epitomizes. These initial events have grown into a campus wide celebration that engages faculty, staff, students and community members to give lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

See the events list.

Press Kit

Do you like the MLK design this year? If you can't access the printed copies on campus, please feel free to download and print off our 2014 designs. 

2014 MLK Poster

2014 MLK Day of Service Hand Out


Day Of Service

2014 Day of Service: Monday, January 20

Participating Agencies

  • Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services
  • The Crisis Center of Johnson County (Food Bank)

Food/Item Drive at Local Hy-Vee Stores

The food drive will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014. 

In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will focus on the areas of hunger and homelessness that affect Iowa City and Coralville communities by collecting items at four local Hy-Vee stores for Shelter House and Crisis Center. Please note that this event takes place the day before classes resume during the spring semester.

For more information on participating, call 319-335-3059

Needed Items

Crisis Center

  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat
  • Soups
  • Canned Veggies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Microwaveable Non-perishable meals

Shelter House

  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Cough Syrup (non-alcohol)
  • Band-Aids
  • Deodorant
  • Adult Socks
  • Cold Medicine
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Laundry Detergent

Events

Scarf and Mitten Tree

Date & Time: Now until Friday, January 31, 2014, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. 
Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1)

Audience: All are welcome!

Purchase winter accessories like hats, scarves, mittens, etc. to decorate the tree. All donations will be given to the United Way of Johnson County. Tree is availble now until January 31, 2014. With questions please contact Ashley Funkhauser at ashley-funkhauser@uiowa.edu or 319-356-2515.


Book and Movie Drive to benefit the Patients' Library at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Date & Time: Now until Friday, January 31, 2014, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Location: Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union
Audience: All are welcome!

Donate new and slightly used book to the Patients' Library at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Donations will be accepted January 2-31, 2014. Drop-off locations include: Wild Rose Books (Main Entrance Lobby), Patients' Library (Elevator F, Level 8), and the Volunteer Services office (Elevator F, Level 8). With questions please contact Ashley Funkhauser at ashley-funkhauser@uiowa.edu or 319-356-2515.


Annual MLK Interfaith Worship Service

Date & Time: Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7 P.M. 
Location: St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2675 E. Washington, Iowa City, IA
Audience: UI and Iowa City area people -- All are welcome!
Sponsor: Consultation of Religious Communities of Johnson County


Unity March

Date & Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, 3:30 P.M.
Location: East steps of Old Capitol Museum
Audience: All are welcome!


Time to Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date & Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, 4 P.M. 
Location: Senate Chambers of Old Capitol Museum
Audience: All are welcome!


Martin Luther King Community Celebration

Date & Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, 1 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Location: 411 South Governor - Iowa City, Iowa 
Audience: All are welcome!

Cost: Free

Sponsor: This event is co-sponsored by Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Student chapter of the NAACP and the Black Student Union

 This event will include several speakers, gospel music and a chance for interaction with the audience on the importance of the Day. For questions contact Billie Townsend at billie-townsend@uiowa.edu or 39-384-1592.


The Only One: Exploring the Experience of Being a Minority in Iowa

Date & Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, throughout the day
Location: Patients and Visitors Activity Center (Elevator F, Level 8), UI Hospitals and Clinics

Audience: UI and Iowa City area people -- All are welcome!

Sponsor:University of Iowa Health Care

An exhibit courtesy of the African American Museum of Iowa, continuing through March 31, 2014. For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


Gentlemen, Be Seated: Musings on the Minstrel Show

Date & Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, Ongoing  
Location: Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1), UI Hospitals and Clinics
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Health Care

Exhibit artifacts from the James Hicks Collection (curated by Doris E. Montag). For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


Images of the 1963 March on Washington

Date & Time: Monday, January 20-24, 2014,
Location: Atrium, Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Health Care

Photographs from The U.S. National Archives depicting the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A defining moment in the history of civil rights in the United States, the event took place on Aug. 28, 1963--the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


Film Showing:  "Dakota 38" 

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 & Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12 - 1 P.M.
Location: Galagan Auditorium 14C in the Dental Science Building
Audience: All are welcome

Sponsor: The College of Dentistry 

Documentary about an annual horseback ride from the Missouri River in South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota in remembrance of 38 Dakota warriors' execution on December 26, 1862.  This 90 minute film will be shown in two parts:  Tuesday and Thursday this week. For questions please contact Elaine Brown at elaine-brown@uiowa.edu or at 319-335-7157.


Building Positive Care Relationships Between Health Care Workers and Transgender Patients

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 12 P.M.
Location: Nursing Clinical Education Center, W417 General Hospital (Elevator BW, Level 4), UI Hospitals and Clinics
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Health Care

Presentation by stef shuster, a graduate fellow in the UI Department of Sociology. For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


Blood Drive during MLK Celebration of Human Rights

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 21 through Thursday, January 23 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. & Friday, January 24 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: DeGowin Blood Center, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Health Care

Website: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter

Whole blood and platelet appointments available. To schedule an appointment, call 319-356-2058 or visit uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter. Donors will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


"Structural Violence: Health Disparities in the US and Abroad"  Dr. Chris Buresh

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12 - 1 P.M.  
Location: Galagan Auditorium 14B, College of Dentistry
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: College of Dentistry

Dr. Chris Buresh is a Clinical Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Director of Global Emergency Medicine.  He frequently travels to Haiti to provide medical care.  Learn about some of the social determinants of health.  Discuss the roles that individuals have to play in addressing health disparities. For questions contact Elaine Brown at elaine-brown@uiowa.edu or 319-335-7157.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecture

Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12 P.M.  
Location: Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) 
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Health Care

Award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien will present, "Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes, and In Our Lives". For questions contact David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498.


"Weapons for Overcoming Adversity" Spoken Word Workshop by Wisdom Beyond Words

Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Location: Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union

This workshop will demonstrate to poets how to turn their life stories into poems. Participants will learn how to find their voice, master public performing, and utilize poetic tools like similes and metaphors. The most important tool participants will learn is how to incorporate poetry, fund, and inspiration into 90 minutes. Workshop is limited to 25 participants.  Email Kendra-malone@uiowa.edu for registration information.


Community of Color

Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4 - 6 P.M.  
Location: Van Oel Multipurpose Room 
Audience: All are welcome!
SponsorCenter for Diversity & Enrichment/The Office of Residence Education

Website

Students, staff, faculty, and community members mix and mingle to share food, fun, and resources at this welcoming event. For questions please contact Cayla Wencl at cayla-wencl@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3555

Bringing the Vision Home: Celebrating Iowa Women of the Civil Rights Movement

Date & Time: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Location: Black Box Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union
Audience: All are welcome!

Please join us as we celebrate the legacy of Iowa women who contributed to the civil rights movement. Opening remarks by Dr. Georgina Dodge, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice-President, a special spoken word performance by Wisdom Beyond Words and a multi-media tribute to Iowa women civil rights activists. A reception with light refreshments will follow.


Larry Yazzie Performance

Date & Time: Friday, January 24, 2014, 12 - 1 P.M.  
Location: The College of Dentistry Filling Station, South 1st Floor
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: College of Dentistry

Mr. Yazzie is a two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki.  He is also the founder and current Executive Director of Native Pride Dancers (www.NativePrideArts.org), a nonprofit dance organization whose mission is to preserve adn showcase Native American dance, music and storytelling.  He received the prestigious 2012 A.P. Anderson Award, which is presented annually to recognize significant contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Minnesota.  Larry is an international lecturer, educator and performer. For questions contact Elaine Brown at elaine-brown@uiowa.edu or 319-335-7157.


"Coalitions of Conscience: Dreaming Down Barriers to STEM Inclusion" by Dr. Tonya Peeples

Date & Time: Friday, January 24, 2014, 3:30-5:00
Location: 1505 Seamans Center
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematical & Computational Sciences Program, Math Graduate Board, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Light refreshments provided


 Sweet Songs of Sorrow & Joy: Jazz, Poetry, MLK, and Civil Rights 

Date & Time: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8 P.M.  
Location: Theatre B, UI Theatre Building
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences presents Sweet Songs of Sorrow and Joy, a special music and theatre production featuring Damani Phillips, UI assistant professor of Jazz Studies and African American Studies, and his group playing classic jazz and talking about the artists’ and works’ connections to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement. Interspersed with the music will be student poets, playwrights, and actors from the Darwin Turner Action Theater reading spoken-word pieces, both from their own original work and from MLK speeches.

For more information visit the event's page


 Rachel's Challenge: Start a Chain Reaction!

Date & Time: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9 P.M.  
Location: PBB Lecture Hall, W10

Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: University of Iowa Associated Residence Halls, National Residence Hall Honorary

Website

Liberate your inner desire to treat others with kindness and respect! This simple, yet profound philosophy defuses bullying, disrespect, and prejudice, bringing hope where there is isolation and despair. For questions, contact Pedro Gutierrez at Pedro-Gutierrez@uiowa.edu or 319-335-1004.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium

Date & Time: Friday, February 7, 2014, 12:30 -2:30 P.M. 
LocationJones Commons, Lindquist Center
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: College of Education Diversity Committee

The purpose of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium is to showcase graduate and undergraduate research projects (at all stages) related to diversity.  We encourage posters highlighting issues of diversity including (but not limited to): race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, class differences, and special populations in education. For questions contact, Marcus Alt at education-diversity@uiowa.edu.



Your Posters

What do you do for others?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prompted us to think about what we are doing for others during his speech in August of 1957. With this year's theme in mind, we set up a table in the IMU and asked the faculty and students at the University of Iowa to tell us what they do for others. Take a look and see what people on campus are doing for others!


Sponsors


Archive

This gallery archives the quotes and artwork showcased in The University of Iowa's Martin Luther King, Jr's Celebration of Human Rights Week in years past.