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!

Register now at this link: https://tinyurl.com/MLKDOS19.  Those who register by December 7, 2018 will receive a free t-shirt at the event.

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

MLK Day of Service

Date(s) & Time(s):

  • 1:30 PM

Location: 2nd Floor Ballroom – Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Website

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!

If weather prevents us from serving on 1/21/19, the event's "weather date" will be Saturday, January 26, 2019. 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.'"

The University of Iowa's Day of Service (1/21/19) will kick off in the IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom with check-in from 8:00 - 8:30 AM, where you will receive your volunteer location and free t-shirt (while supplies last).  Volunteers will travel to their locations and serve from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  After serving, volunteers will return to the IMU for a celebration and reflection that includes a free lunch!!  The event will conclude by 1:30 PM.

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!

This event is part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week at the University of Iowa and is sponsored by the Division of Student Life.


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.