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2022 Virtual Celebration Livestream:

Celebration of Human Rights

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 canceled 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.

If you would like more information, please contact Shalisa Gladney at shalisa-gladney@uiowa.edu.

We also welcome you to like the Johnson County Day of Celebration Facebook page.


Day of Service

  • 10:00am Dr. MLK Jr. Day of Service Virtual Celebration Livestream available on this webpage, on Facebook and YouTube.
  • 10:30am Family Storytime at the Iowa City Public Library
  • 11:30am Protest and Car Parade
  • 12:00pm Dr. MLK Jr. In-Person Day of Service
    • Teen Art Drop-In at the Iowa City Library

More information and full schedule


Community-Based Service Projects

Date: Donations are accepted Monday January 17 through Friday January 21, 2022, at 5 PM at any drop-off location.

Each year during the MLK Jr. Human Rights Week Celebration, we come together through service projects to serve our community in meaningful and tangible ways, alongside local non-profits. This year, the service opportunities will consist of two projects. Community members can assemble an Emergency Care Kits that will be donated to DVIP and RVAP or donate to our week-long food and basic needs drive.

Learn more about the community-based service projects.

 

Calendar of Events

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North Liberty Service Day

Sunday, January 16, 2022 2:30pm to 4:00pm
The City of North Liberty will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a story and an act of service. Join us for a story time at 2:30pm, followed by a family-friendly, collaborative service project assembling hygiene kits at 3:00pm.
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Dr. MLK Jr. Day of Service and Celebration

Monday, January 17, 2022 (all day)
Masks are required at all events for people ages 2+. Schedule of Events 10:00 am - Dr. MLK Jr. Day of Service Virtual Celebration Join us on the MLK websiteFacebook or YouTube for a welcome from the Mayor of Iowa City, Bell Ringing Ceremony, guest speakers, performances and resource fair. 10:30 am - Family Storytime at the Iowa City Public Library Learn about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, short films, and a service activity. 11:30 am - Protest...
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MLK Community-Based Service Projects

Monday, January 17 7:00am to Friday, January 21, 2022 12:00pm
Each year during the Dr. MLK Jr. Human Rights Week Celebration, we come together through service projects to serve our community in meaningful and tangible ways, alongside local non-profits. This year, the service opportunities will consist of two projects: community members can assemble an Emergency Care Kit that will be donated to Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) and Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) or donate to our week-long food and basic needs drive. For more information...
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Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Diversity Coordinator Valerie Garr will be hosting a Zoom Webinar that will define and identify categories and relationships of micro-aggressions: bystander vs. upstander behavior, review the "Three Acts" to consider before addressing microaggressions, and explain "The A.C.T.I.O.N. Framework" for addressing microaggressions. This program is open to the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care, members of Nursing Management Council, and leadership within other...
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Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Register for the MLK Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture: Feranmi Okanlami, MD, MS, director of student accessibility and accommodation services at the University of Michigan, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture as part of our 2022 celebration: "Disabusing Disabilities." Register online for the virtual lecture held from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 at https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3Q6t-5boQoWwMMLd2SEKuw.

Anti-Bias Language in the Classroom

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual
Hello fellow faculty and TAs! Ready for a new semester? Thinking about the “right” language to use (or not use) in the classroom?  Please join us for a 1-hour Zoom presentation for UI teaching faculty and TAs as part of a series of educational opportunities that will be sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Social Work to engage in anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice. We hope that this presentation in the opening week of spring classes will offer ways to think about and practice...
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Black Business Expo

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:00pm to 5:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Attendees will meet with different black businesses in the Iowa City and surrounding area to gain information about their business while playing games and having fun. There will be door prizes and giveaways as well. We would like for people to learn why it is important to support local Black businesses and the ways in which this can be achieved. We will have a variety of businesses represented at the event so that there is something for everyone.
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Mindful Yoga and Guided Meditation hosted by the Afro House

Thursday, January 20, 2022 5:30pm
Slater Hall
Join us for yoga and a guided meditation in Slater Hall Main Lounge led by Arianna Aron with Mudgies Yoga. Open to all.

Iowa City Undergarment Drive

Friday, January 21, 2022 (all day)
On behalf of Green Iowa AmeriCorps, they will be hosting an Undergarment Drive. They are looking for community members to donate Socks, Underwear, Undershirts, and Thermal Underwear, in all sizes (Adults, Toddler, Children, +Size Adult). All donations will benefit the Shelter House and Open Heartland. Donations are being accepted now thru January 21st, 2022. Please contact 319-339-5399 or fill out this online form to arrange for pick up.
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MLK's Dream. Living our Values.

Friday, January 21, 2022 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Virtual
In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the College of Law, the UI Center for Human Rights, BLSA, and the Law DEI Committee welcomes Camille deJorna and Steff Reed for a special virtual lecture. Camille deJorna is deputy for legal education at the Law School Admission Council, who had previously served at the University of Iowa. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the subject of diversity and inclusion and recently was awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement...
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