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. View the event listing for more information.
This year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we will focus on the areas of hunger and homelessness that affect the Iowa City and Coralville communities. We ask that when you go home for the holidays, please consider returning with a "gift."
Interfaith Worship Service, Honoring the Legacy of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013 Time:
7:00 pm Location: First Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle
Avenue, Iowa City, 52246
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This gallery archives the quotes and artwork showcased in The University of Iowa's Martin Luther King, Jr's Celebration of Human Rights Week.