"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." --  Dr. King, 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Address. 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week

MLK, Jr. Week 2019

Monday, January 21 - Friday, January 25, 2019

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 other UI students, faculty, and staff, and Iowa City community members for a Day of Service in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, 2019!

Registration is now at capacity for this event. To find other opportunities to volunteer in our community throughout the year, visit http://volunteer.unitedwayjwc.org/

Learn more about the 2019 projects by viewing the Service Site Guide.

Join the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313036162859023/ 

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 and sponsored by the Division of Student Life.  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 Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in advance at 319-335-3059.


Events

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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.


Accommmodations

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 Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in advance at 319-335-3059.