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People on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the MLK March on Washington.

MLK Week 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2015

January 19th - 28th

MLK Week will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement through volunteer engagement in D.C. communities, lectures, panel discussions, performing arts, music, and workshops. This is a campus-wide initiative with direct support from a variety of off-campus sources.  We look forward to having you all support by attending our events.  


Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day of Service

CCES - MLK Day of Service 2013
MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 20th
8:30am - Site registration begins and free breakfast (in the AU Tavern)
9:00am - Opening activity
9:45am - Volunteers depart the Tavern
10:30am - Volunteers arrive at site location
1:30pm - Lunch & reflection activity
2:00pm - Volunteers depart site headed back to AU

About 300 American University volunteers will work with District residents and local non-profit organizations to honor the social justice efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through direct service. We will work around several issue areas, which include hunger and homelessness, HIV/AIDS, senior living, and education and youth development. Through these projects we hope to raise greater awareness of present day issues challenging our nation's capital.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SIS Community Dialogue: How to Create Greater Understanding Across Race and Ethnicity

Event Details

Interested in an honest conversation about race and ethnicity? Participate in this dialogue and build your own skills for promoting greater understanding across differences.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Martin Luther King & Religious Traditions of Justice

Kay Spiritual Life Center, 12:00pm -1:30pm
Lunch is provided

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the prophetic voice of the Civil Rights Movement. King's witness for social justice is the result of a convergence of a number of different religious strains of thought. Join us for a luncheon discussion as we explore how the African-American Christian tradition, the Social Gospel of Walter Rauschenbusch, Liberal Protestantism, the Neo-Orthodoxy of Reinhold Niebuhr, and Gandhi's example of non-violence all helped to shape the unique witness of King and to give voice to a movement that would change our country.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Poynter Lecture: Race in America 2015

MGC 4 and 5, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (reception to follow)
Guest Speaker: Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change

Every year, the Kay Spiritual Life Center hosts a lecturer who exemplifies the highest ideals of compassion and justice for a world in travail. This year we are honored to have Rashad Robinson from The Color of Change, the nation's largest online civil rights organization. The organization's goal is to empower Black Americans and allies to make government responsive to the concerns of Black Americans and to bring about political and social change.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Teach-In for Justice: Civil Rights and the 21st Century

Tavern, 9:30am - 5:00pm

This event pays homage to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by bringing back the "Teach-In." This Teach-In will provide opportunities to discuss institutional racism and how the current reactions to events in Ferguson and New York around the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner fit into the Civil Rights Movement overall. The event will include speakers, workshops, and panels that will provide a holistic educational experience. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, January 28,2015

A Case in Black & White: Race, Privilege and Class in DC

DC street in the 60s

Kay Spiritual Life Center, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Please join us for a lunch discussion that explores the intersection of race and class in our nation's capital with Hilary Shelton, Washington Director of the NAACP.