MLK, Jr. Week 2018

Monday, January 15 - Friday, January 19, 2018

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

2018 Day of Service: Monday, January 15th, 2018

For more information on the 2018 Day of Service food/item drive, view theĀ MLK Day of Service event


Black History Month Movie: I Am Not Your Negro

Date & Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB) – College of Public Health Building

In celebration of Black History Month, the College of Public Health's Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be showing movies/documentaries.

I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Free and open to the public


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.