MLK, Jr. Week 2020

Thursday, January 16 - Saturday, January 25, 2020

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.


Day of Service

Join the Iowa City community for a Day of Service in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020!

Registration to participate in this event is officially open on the United Way's Volunteer website.

If you are interested in joining the planning committee or supporting the event in another way, you can fill out an interest form using THIS LINK and someone will contact you with further information. 

To find other opportunities to volunteer in our community throughout the year, visit http://volunteer.unitedwayjwc.org/

By participating in this event, you will be able to:

  • describe your role as an active member of the UI or Iowa City communities
  • describe the importance of community engagement
  • identify opportunities for future engagement within our community

This event is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, and numerous nonprofit agencies.  Contact Charlotte-Brown@uiowa.edu with questions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement in advance at 319-335-3059.


Events

MLK Day of Service

Date(s) & Time(s):

  • 9:00 AM

Website

Join the Iowa City community for a Day of Service in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020!  Register to participate on the United Way Volunteer Center website at http://volunteer.unitedwayjwc.org/.

If weather prevents us from serving on 1/20/20, the event's "weather date" will be Saturday, January 25, 2020. Registrants will be informed via email if the event is postponed.

"MLK Day of Service is a federal holiday dedicated to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his legacy and passion for service. Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, MLK Day of Service is observed as a 'day on, not a day off.' MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a 'Beloved Community.'" (https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/mlkdaygov/about)

Iowa City's Day of Service (1/20/20) will include service projects from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at various locations.  After serving, volunteers will enjoy a celebratory program at the Mercer Park Gym, including musical performances, a keynote speaker, and free lunch!  The event will conclude by 2:00 PM.  Parking is available on site.  Individuals of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

By participating in this event, you will be able to:

  • describe your role as an active member of the UI or Iowa City communities
  • describe the importance of community engagement
  • identify opportunities for future engagement within our community

Join this event on Facebook and share it with your friends!  Use #ICMLK20

This event is part of the Iowa City community's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, and numerous nonprofit agencies.  For more information about the week, visit https://mlk.uiowa.edu.


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.


Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement in advance at 319-335-3059.