MLK Initiative: Let Freedom Ring!

2020 Events

Tuesday, January 7th

Teach the Speech

Thursday, January 16th

Health Equity Forum: Why Doctors Should Care about Human Rights

Please join us in Proctor Harvey Amphitheater for our first Health Equity Forum in 2020. We will be hearing from Dr. Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP and a Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Mishori is a recognized expert and advocate for the health of the public in general, and of marginalized populations in particular. Her medical expertise covers a broad range: from women’s and migrant health, to evidence-based medicine, to health disparities, to prevention and primary care. She will be presenting a lecture on exploring the care of immigrant and refugee communities through a human rights lens.

Monday, January 20th

JUPS Training: Nonviolent Communication

This training is an introduction to the theory and practice of nonviolent communication, with particular emphasis on key skills. The facilitator is Ryan McAllister who has facilitated over 300 workshops, support group meetings, and dialogues based on nonviolent communication, peer-counseling, mindfulness, and oppression and liberation theory. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC), or Compassionate Communication, is a powerful tool for transforming and mediating interpersonal, intra-personal, organizational, and inter-group conflicts. It is used worldwide by activists, teachers, conflict specialists, doctors, diplomats, social workers, managers and others to improve their work and home life. The practice of NVC can help us understand ourselves more fully, provide us with a sense of power and choice in our lives, and open our hearts to compassionately connect and collaborate with others.


  1. Identification of basic human needs and broad range of feelings
  2. Exploration of the theory of nonviolent communication
  3. Practice and refinement of NVC skills in situations of interpersonal conflict

The training is FREE and primarily for students, faculty, and staff members of Georgetown University and designed for 25 participants maximum. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are asked to commit to the entire session.

This is a beginner’s workshop designed for those that may have no to little prior studies of any special nonviolent communication. This workshop will expose participants to the basic strategies and skills of nonviolent communication that are used in the types of conflicts that might arise in your personal life as well as in other settings. You may want to try out new skills with family members, co-workers, and neighbors. Please consider bringing a conflict you might like to work on.

Lunch will be provided. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Monday, January 13th to Eli McCarthy at (new window). A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after January 13th. For questions or to cancel your spot, contact Eli McCarthy at (new window)

Tuesday, January 21st

Health Justice for All: Defending Immigrant Health and Human Rights

This is an opportunity to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and reflect on current health justice initiatives for immigrants and refugees. 

Tuesday, January 21st

Chaplains’ Tea

Please join Campus Ministry in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Chaplains’ Tea on Tuesday, January 21st at 3:00 PM in Healy Hall Foyer. 

Wednesday, January 22nd

Race, Community & Belonging: A Blueprint for the 21st Century 

Race, Community & Belonging: A Blueprint for the 21st Century is a racial justice lecture featuring Professor Robin Lenhardt (L’04), a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director for the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham University. This event is cosponsored by Georgetown Law’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Georgetown Institute for Racial Justice, and the Black Law Student Association.

Friday, January 24th

Advocacy in Tumultuous Times

Monday, February 10th

Discussion with Ieasha Prime

Come by the GU masjid (located in Village C West) on Monday, February 10th at 7pm for dinner and discussion with Sister Ieasha Prime, Director of Women’s Programming at Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia and the founder of the DC Muslim Women’s Conference. She will be discussing African American women’s contributions to Islam in America. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 18th

Race and Higher Education

This year’s Race and Higher Education will feature Rhonda Magee, a University of San Francisco Professor of Law, Storyteller, Mindfulness Teacher, and Social Justice Advocate. The topic will be Doing the Inner Work of Racial Justice: Principles, Practices (and Prayers!) for Healing Ourselves and Transforming the World. Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). RSVP here (new window). Please email (new window) with any questions. 

Thursday, February 20th

America’s Black Muslim Heritage

Join us for a discussion on America’s Black Muslim heritage with Amir Muhammad, the president, co-founder, and curator of America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, in honor of Black History Month! For the two days leading up to the dinner discussion, we will have the unique opportunity to view Mr. Muhammad’s exhibits in the ICC exhibition space. This event is cosponsored by Campus Ministry and the Department of African American Studies. 

Saturday, February 22nd

MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance

MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance (new window) is Saturday, February 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Center for Social Justice located in Poulton Hall. The evening will consist of original spoken word and poetry readings and musical performances from students and organizations. We will also have activities to support low-income youth and families. Dinner will be provided.

Future Events

Additional events later in the semester will include Melanin in Medicine, co-hosted by Georgetown School of Medicine’s Student National Medical Association (new window) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (new window); and a “Teach the Speech” event at the DC Jail, hosted by Georgetown’s Prisons and Justice Initiative (new window).  Events and details will continue to be added and updated throughout the spring semester.