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MONDAY, JANUARY 18 - FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

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 cancelled 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.

See the events list.

Press Kit

Do you like the MLK design this year? If you can't access the printed copies on campus, please feel free to download and print off our 2016 designs. 

2016 MLK Poster

Day Of Service

2016 Day of Service: Monday, January 18

Participating Agencies

  • Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services
  • The Crisis Center of Johnson County (Food Bank)

Food/Item Drive at Local Hy-Vee Stores

The food drive will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016. 

In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will focus on the areas of hunger and homelessness that affect Iowa City and Coralville communities by collecting items at four local Hy-Vee stores for Shelter House and Crisis Center. Please note that this event takes place the day before classes resume during the spring semester.

For more information on participating, call 319-335-3059

Needed Items

Crisis Center

  • Canned fruit and 100 percent fruit juice
  • Peanut butter and canned meals
  • Pasta and rice
  • Hearty soups and stews
  • Canned vegetables
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby formula
  • Baby diapers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Other non-perishable food items

 

Shelter House

  • Over-the-counter medications:
  • Acid reducer
  • Blankets (sizes twin and full)
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Adult diapers (small and medium)
  • Diapers (size 5 and up)
  • Hotel/sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
  • Facial Tissue
  • Ear plugs

Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium

Date & Time: 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Website: www.education.uiowa.edu/diversity-mlk

The purpose of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium is to showcase graduate and undergraduate research projects (at all stages) related to diversity.  We encourage posters highlighting issues of diversity, including (but not limited to): race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, class differences, and special populations in education.

Please visit www.education.uiowa.edu/diversity-mlk for more details.
Contact: Lianne Gann at education-diversity@uiowa.edu


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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.

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