Each year, Georgetown honors the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of events on campus and in the greater Washington, D.C. community that reflect the university's Jesuit values of contemplation in action, cura personalis – care of the whole person – and being women and men for others.
The Let Freedom Ring! Initiative – led by co-chairs Patricia Grant, senior associate dean of the undergraduate program in the McDonough School of Business, and Andria Wisler, executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service – invites students, faculty and staff to participate in a week of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more.
During the MLK celebration week, the university presents the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to an individual or organization whose contributions to community service or social justice reflect the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Read more about the award and past recipients.
Members of the Georgetown community share their experiences from the March on Washington and their personal interactions with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a 2014 panel discussion that includes Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); professors Richard America and Deborah Tannen, Rev. Raymond Kemp, S.J, .and Rabbi Harold White. Watch video.