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 2015 designs. 

2015 MLK Poster


Day Of Service

2015 Day of Service: Monday, January 19

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 19, 2015. 

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 and 100 percent fruit juice
  • Peanut butter and canned meals
  • Pasta and rice
  • Hearty soups and stews
  • Canned vegetables
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby formula
  • Baby diapers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Other non-perishable food items

 

Shelter House

  • Over-the-counter medications:
  • Acid reducer
  • Blankets (sizes twin and full)
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Adult diapers (small and medium)
  • Diapers (size 5 and up)
  • Hotel/sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
  • Facial Tissue
  • Ear plugs

Events

UI MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OPENING CELEBRATION: UNITY MARCH

Date & Time: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 3:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.
Location: East side of Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free
Description: Join our march in unity as we walk from the East side of the UI Pentacrest, approximately ½ mile around the Pentacrest, returning to the Old Capitol.  The march will be followed by a “Time to Remember”, in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol.
Contact person:  David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


TIME TO REMEMBER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Date & Time: Monday, January 19, 2015, 4 P.M. 
Location: Senate Chambers of Old Capitol Museum
DescriptionJoin us to come commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!  This is an hour long program with a featured speaker and entertainment to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.  Program will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to meet other UI community members.
Audience: All are welcome!

 


MLK DAY ON!

Date & time: Monday, January 19, 2015, 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Location:
Currier MPR/Across the City
Audience: University Students
DescriptionJoin the Herky C.A.R.E.S. Project for the First Annual MLK Day On! Service Experience on Monday, January 19th from 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.  This program will bring students together to engage in a day of service to organizations on campus and in the Iowa City community. With students serving their community on January 19th, 2015, we hope to make MLK Day a “Day On!” rather than a day off. The event will feature free breakfast, an introduction to the event, a service experience, free lunch, a guest speaker, reflections, and recognition. To RSVP for this event, please sign up at www.tinyurl.com/mlk-day-on.

Fraternities, sororities, service organizations, and diversity organizations are especially encouraged to participate for Advantage Iowa credit, service credit, and recognition.

 


SCARF AND MITTEN TREE

Date & Time: Now until Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: UI Hospitals and Clinics Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1)
Audience: All are welcome!
Description: 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 available now until January 30, 2015. 
Contact person: Tera Kringle at tera-kringle@uiowa.edu or 319-356-2515

 


BOOK AND MOVIE DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE PATIENTS' LIBRARY

Date & Time: Friday, January 2nd, 2015 – Friday, January 30th, 2015, 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Location: UIHC Main Entrance, Patient’s Library & the Volunteer Services Office
Audience: All are welcome!
Description: Donate new and slightly used book to the Patients' Library at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Donations will be accepted January 2nd – 30th. 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 Tera Kringle at tera-kringle@uiowa.edu or 319-356-2515.
Contact person: Tera Kringle at tera-kringle@uiowa.edu or 319-356-2515

 


HUMAN WRITES: WORDS AND IMAGES CELEBRATING DR. KING

Date & Time: Now until Friday, January 9th, 2015
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost:  Free 
Description: Submit a photo of yourself holding a printed or handmade sign with your favorite Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotation or any word or phrase that captures the spirt of Dr. King, human rights, diversity and inclusion.  Email your photo to the-loop@uiowa.edu.  Images will be displayed on The Loop and will be shown prior to the 2015 UI Healthcare Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecture on January 20th.  Deadline to submit photos is Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5 P.M.
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


IMAGES OF THE 1963 MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 – Friday, January 23rd
Location: Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) Auditorium, (375 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA)
Audience: All are welcome!

 


MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Date & Time: January 19th, 2015, 2 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Location: 411 S. Governor Street
Audience: All are welcome! 
Sponsor: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Cost: Free
Description: This event will include several speakers, gospel music and a chance for interaction with the audience on the importance of the Day.
Contact person: Billie Townsend at billie-townsend@uiowa.edu or 319-384-1592

 


MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: WYCLIFFE GORDON

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 20th, 10 A.M. – 11 A.M.
Location: UIHC, Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1) 
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost:  Free
Description: Come enjoy the musical performance of world-renowned jazz trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby.
Contact person:  David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: WYCLIFFE GORDON

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 20th, Noon – 1 P.M.
Location: Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 Medical Education & Research Facility (MERF)
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost:  Free
Description: Enjoy trombonist, composer, conductor, arranger and musical ambassador of American jazz, Wycliffe Gordon speak at the Prem Sahai Auditorium.  The lecture will be held from noon to 1 P.M. at the MERF, followed by a reception.
Flyer: http://medcom.uiowa.edu/theloop/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Wycliffe-8x11-flier.pdf
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


BLOOD DRIVE DURING MLK CELEBRATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 20th – Friday, January 23rd, Schedule Appointment - Appointments can be made by calling 319-356-2058 or visit http://uihealthcare.org
Location: DeGowin Blood Center (Elevator B, Level 2)
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost:  Free
Description: Schedule an appointment to donate whole blood and platelets. Hours of DeGowin Blood Clinic are Tuesday – Thursday, between 11 A.M. – 7:30 P.M., and Friday, 9 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.  Free T-shirts featuring the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrating of Human Rights design to successful blood or platelet donors while supplies last.
Websitehttp://uihealthcare.org
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


JUSTICE FOR OUR ELDERS: TOWARD RPEVENTING ABUSE & NEGLECT

NURSING GRAND ROUNDS

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Noon – 1 P.M.
Location: Nursing Clinical Education Center, W417 GH (Elevator BW, Level 4)
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free 
Speaker: Marianne Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN and associate professor, UI College of Nursing
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


SPOKEN WORD ARTIST KYLA LACEY

Date & Time: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10 P.M.
Location: Public Space One
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free
DescriptionKyla’s poetry is based off of her real life experiences and she enjoys telling her story of triumphing over tragedy.
Contact person: Laura Wang at cab@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3059

 


GUEST SPEAKER CHRISSY CANGANELLI

Date & Time: Thursday, January 22, 2015, Noon – 1 P.M.
Location: Dental Science Building, Room W220A-B
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free
SpeakerChrissy Canganelli, Executive Director of the Iowa City Shelter House
Contact person: Elaine Brown at elaine-brown@uiow.edu or at 319-356-1498

 


Unequal Burdens and Unheard Voices: Achieving the Dream of Health Care Quality For All

INTERNAL MEDICINE GRAND ROUNDS

Date & Time: Thursday, January 22, 2015, Noon – 1 P.M.
Location: Medical Alumni Auditorium, E331 GH (Elevator BE, Level 3)
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free
Speaker: Linda Snetselaar, PhD and UI associate provost for outreach and engagement, and professor of epidemiology, UI Public Health
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


MUSICAL PREFORMANCE: TROPICANTE

Date & Time: Thursday, January 22, 2015, Noon – 1 P.M.
Location: UIHC, Colloton Pavilion Lobby, (Elevator F, Level 1)
Audience: All are welcome!
Cost: Free
Description: Musical performance by Tropicante from noon – 1 P.M. in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby
Contact person: David Pedersen at david-pedersen@uiowa.edu or 319-356-1498

 


COMMUNITY OF COLOR

Date & Time: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4 - 6 P.M.
Location: Van Oel Multipurpose Room, Currier Hall
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: Center for Diversity & Enrichment/The Office of Residence Education
Cost: Free
Description: Students, staff, faculty, and community members mix and mingle to share food, fun, and resources at this welcoming event.
Contact person: Cayla Wencl at cayla-wencl@uiowa.edu or 319-335-3555

 


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Date & Time: Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:30 P.M. -2:30 P.M.
Location: Jones Commons, Lindquist Center
Audience: All are welcome!
Sponsor: College of Education Diversity Committee
Description: 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.
Contact person: Lianne Gann at education-diversity@uiowa.edu

 


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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.

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