Martin Luther King Jr Initiative: 2021 Events

John R. Thompson Jr Award Celebration – Monday, January 18, 2021

The university will present the 2021 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Christopher Bradshaw, Founder and Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud, in a virtual ceremony on Monday, January 18 at 6:00 pm.  The event will feature a special musical presentation Selflessness by Nolan Williams, Jr.  The event will be lived streamed on the Georgetown University’s Facebook page.  A Facebook account is not required to join.  We encourage members of the university and DC communities to join us for this virtual event when we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with our annual award.

Teach the Speech 2021

For the past eight years, faculty and staff across the University have participated in a cross-campus curricular initiative by teaching specific speeches from Dr. King in their courses and educational speeches. We encourage faculty and staff to “Teach the Speech” and incorporate Dr. King’s 1965 speech entitled “Our God is Marching On” (text (new window) / audio (new window)) during the Spring 2021 semester. In honor of the late Congressman John Lewis, and in recognition of the pivotal role of students in the Civil Rights movement and current fight for racial justice, we also offer his unedited speech from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (text (new window) / audio (new window)), given when he was head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

More information resources on the “Teach the Speech” initiative can be found here (new window)

Teach the Speech Teach-in – Tuesday, January 19, 2021

In addition, the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) and Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) will be hosing a virtual “Teach the Speech Teach-in” on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM eastern time

Melanin in Medicine – Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Melanin in Medicine is an annual series of intimate, thoughtful, and powerful virtual round table discussions, led by clinicians, honoring and celebrating Black History Month with in-depth conversations about the experience of interacting with the medical field as a Black community. This year’s edition, #BlackDoctorsMatter: Enriching Medicine Since 1837, was inspired by a series of all too familiar events in 2020 and the reverberating impacts of these repeated transgressions into 2021.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET via Zoom. Supported by the Georgetown University Office of the President, School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Medicine Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and the Georgetown MLK Initiative—partnerships which reinforce the teachings and remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and its application to medicine.

Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment Training – Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) at Georgetown College will host a two-segment Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment training. Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment is a methodology for teams that offer direct protection of civilians and others, reduction of hostility, re-humanization of parties, as well as work to increase local peace infrastructures.

This workshop will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including political demonstrations, campus/local events, accompaniment of those in danger, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.

1) Learning from experiences of unarmed protection and accompaniment
2) An increased awareness of the orientation, strategies, methods, and impact of unarmed civilian protection
3) Acquiring skills by role-playing how peace teams use these strategies and tactics in local community conflicts

The training is free for all Georgetown students, faculty, and staff, and will include two segments: 12:00 – 2:00 pm and 3:00 – 5:00 pm eastern time. A Zoom link will be provided in the pop-up window confirming the completion of registration. It will also be sent via email the day before the before the session (please contact if you do not receive it).

Sponsored by the Georgetown MLK Initiative and the Justice and Peace Studies Program.

Virtual Panel Event: “Cultivating DC’s Food Economy to Sustain Racial Justice” – Monday, April 12, 2021

The Georgetown MLK Initiative invites you to a virtual panel event and conversation on “Cultivating DC’s Food Economy to Sustain Racial Justice.” The event will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and will feature a panel of experts and leaders at the forefront of advancing racial equity and justice, through systemic change grounded in policy development, research and grassroots advocacy efforts in our Washington, D.C. community:

Kenyan McDuffie, councilmember, Ward 5, Council of the District of Columbia; chair, Committee on Business and Economic Development of the District of Columbia

Christopher Bradshaw, founder and executive director, Dreaming Out Loud; 2021 Georgetown University Legacy of a Dream awardee

Yuki Kato, assistant professor, Georgetown University; co-editor of A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City

Erinn Tucker, faculty director and associate professor of the practice, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies; co-founder, DMV Black Restaurant Week

Adanna J. Johnson (moderator), associate vice president for student equity and inclusion, Georgetown University

This event will be live-captioned. Please send all accommodation requests to by Friday, April 9. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.