2017 MLK Events

Spring 2017

  • MLK 2017

    MLK 2017

The "Let Freedom Ring!" Initiative – led by co-chairs Patricia Grant, interim associate dean for undergraduate programs 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. This year, the Initiative provides the opportunity to continue the conversations on our campus about our capacity to bring about social change. Guided by Dr. King's April 4, 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence," we encourage all members of the university to reflect on urgent problems that demand social action, with the hashtag #GUMustSpeak.


"Teach Dr. King's Speech" Cross-Campus Curricular Initiative

Faculty and staff are encouraged to teach and reflect on Dr. King’s 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” in their courses and campus spaces during the Spring 2017 semester. (original text) (pdf) (audio)

Dr. Martin Luther King and Civil Rights Movement Book Display
2nd Floor, Georgetown University Bookstore

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teach-In for Faculty and Staff: Teach Dr. King’s Speech and Reflect on the Working Group Report 
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. William Chapel in Copley Building (Note: New Location!) including lunch
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Co-hosted by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) and Center for Social Justice (CSJ), this Teach-In offers rich resources for teaching and reflecting on Dr. King’s 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” (original text) (pdf) (audio) and the September 2016 report published by the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. The session will feature a keynote address by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Assistant Professor of African American History at University of Florida, and author of Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in the United States, and winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Dr. Kendi will speak on the context of the United States at the time that Dr. King gave this speech and its implications for today. Faculty will offer reflections on their classroom experiences with Dr. King’s speech and the Working Group report. Following the Q&A, CSJ and CNDLS will facilitate a working session for faculty and staff on how to intentionally incorporate the speech and/or report in the classroom and campus spaces and what issues to consider when doing so. Questions and requests for accommodations should be directed to Dr. Andria Wisler.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Georgetown School of Medicine Health Equity Forum: Great Minds Think Differently - The Science of Diversity and the Impact of Unconscious Bias with Dr. Anna Han, National Institute of Health
12 p.m.- 1 p.m., Proctor Harvey Amphitheater, Med-Dent Building
Hosted by Georgetown School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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Dr. Anna Han is the Senior Behavioral Scientist with the Scientific Workforce Diversity division of the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director.

Saturday, JANUARY 14, 2017

MLK Day of Service
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
MSB Commons, 1st Floor of Rafik Hariri Building
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Georgetown University seeks to deepen partnerships with the Washington, DC community and to honor the legacy of Dr. King through this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We hope that, through this day of action and contemplation as a community, we can reaffirm the relationships that animate our University and uphold our present, urgent responsibility to our neighbors. The day will begin with a kick-off at 10:00am - on main campus as well as at the School of Continuing Studies - and conclude with community celebration at 2:00pm, at Cesar Chavez Parkside High School. Light breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from Georgetown's campuses will be provided. Questions and requests for accommodations can be directed to the Center for Social Justice at guserviceday@georgetown.edu.

Sunday, JANUARY 15, 2017

Spiritual Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
7:00 p.m.
St. William Chapel

Monday, JANUARY 16, 2017

Nonviolent Communication Training
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arrupe Multipurpose Room, Arrupe Residence Hall
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The Program on Justice and Peace invites Georgetown community members to RSVP for a full-day training on nonviolent communication. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) 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 agency in our lives, and open our hearts to compassionately connect and collaborate with others. Questions and requests for accommodations should be directed to Dr. Eli McCarthy.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University Present Let Freedom Ring! Celebration featuring Gladys Knight and the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award Presentation
6:00 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The program features Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring! Choir, with Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Georgetown University will award the 15th annual John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award to Abel Enrique Núñez.

Tuesday, JANUARY 17, 2017

"What makes you?"
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Pre-performance refreshments, Med-Dent Building Lobby
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Performances, Proctor Harvey Amphitheater
co-hosted by Georgetown School of Medicine Arts & Medicine Group and Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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In the spirit of "Breaking the Silence," join the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) in a reflective evening of spoken word, music, dance, and other art forms that celebrate the diverse experiences and creative talents of the GUSOM community. The theme, "What Makes You?" will focus on aspects of identity and the intersectionality of identities in medicine. 


Faith and Race: True Stories from Everyday Life
6:00 p.m. Riggs Library
hosted by Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
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The American Pilgrimage Project is a university partnership with StoryCorps, devoted to gathering the American people’s stories of religious faith in recording sessions conducted around the country. In Baltimore, Ralph Moore told his wife, Dana, of challenging racism in his church as a young man; in Charleston, West Virginia, ministers Ronald English and James Patterson recalled Reverend English’s work with Martin Luther King, Jr., during the civil rights movement. In Riggs Library, they will share their stories with the audience and reflect on them with one another. Paralleling the project's goals, the event will take a fresh, informal, conversational approach to questions of religious faith and its role in our society. Author and project director Paul Elie will moderate the conversation between these four participants. A Q&A will follow their discussion. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Immigration in the New Administration: How We Move Forward - a luncheon presentation with Abel Núñez, Executive Director, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and 2017 John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award Recipient
12:00 p.m. Riggs Library, including lunch for those who RSVP
hosted by Office of Community Engagement and Office of the President
RSVP to communityengagement@georgetown.edu

Monday, JANUARY 23, 2017

Screening and Discussion of Agents of Change
5:00 p.m., Reception, Vestibule outside Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik Hariri Building
6:00 p.m., Screening and discussion with the filmmakers, Lohrfink Auditorium
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From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, the film Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The event will include a pre-screening reception and a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson. Questions and requests for accommodations should be directed to Mary Goodman.

Tuesday, JANUARY 24, 2017

Honorary Degree event honoring Lonnie Bunch III
5:00 p.m. Gaston Hall, reception following
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President John J. DeGioia requests the pleasure of your company for the conferral of an honorary degree upon Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture. As part of the honorary degree ceremony, Mr. Bunch will share reflections with our community. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Monday, January 23, by emailing guevents@georgetown.edu.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What a Doctor Looks Like: Exploring Conscious and Unconscious Bias within the Healthcare Setting
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Poster Showcase and Pre-Reception, Lohrfink Auditorium Lobby
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Panel Discussion, Lohrfink Auditorium

co-hosted by Georgetown School of Medicine Student National Medical Association and Office of Diversity and Inclusion
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"What a Doctor Looks Like: Exploring Conscious and Implicit Bias within the Healthcare Setting" is a panel discussion with leading physicians in the field of medicine examining how race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status/class, age, ability, and privilege shape our perceptions of who we believe medical professionals to be. In addition, we seek to explore the impact of conscious and implicit physician bias on intraprofessional and patient interactions. The purpose of the event is to generate healthy and honest dialogue in an effort to address and identify the systemic barriers propagating these perceptions and innate biases, and make conscious efforts to see that they are eliminated.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Transformative Allyship Workshop for Students
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., including dinner
Healey Family Student Center Social Room
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Georgetown welcomes colleagues from the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at our fellow Jesuit institution, University of San Francisco, to offer a workshop on transformative allyship, a concept rooted in Jesuit values that creates space for attendees to examine the nature of allyship within our historically white, male-led institutions. We will discuss unique roadblocks and challenges to affecting a campus climate that are cognizant of positionality and social identity and offered new possibilities for disrupting entrenched systems of power.

TUESDAY, February 21, 2017

Transformative Allyship Workshop for Faculty and Staff
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., including lunch
Healey Family Student Center Social Room
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Georgetown welcomes colleagues from the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at our fellow Jesuit institution, University of San Francisco to facilitate this workshop. How can those of us concerned with the formation and realization of justice through our work in higher education navigate the lasting legacies of inequity built into the foundations of our institutions? In this workshop, Georgetown staff and faculty will work together in formation towards understanding how the work towards radical equity and inclusion is affected by the racial and gendered campus power dynamics within which we operate, particularly when it comes to allyship and collaboration. Using grounding Jesuit values and processing approaches, we hope to work towards cultivating the thoughtful action that is required of us to move from strong words to courageous action in building transformative allyship. Questions and requests for accommodations should be directed to Mary Goodman


The University: Breaking the Silence - A Symposium
All day
Healey Family Student Center Social Room

What is the role of the University in breaking the silence on what Dr. King described as the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism”? On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence," this Symposium focuses on what does and should happen when higher education and societal conflict collide. To receive more information on this Symposium, as it becomes available, please fill out this interest form. Questions should be directed to Dr. Andria Wisler.


A dialogue among Civil Rights leaders and Black Lives Matter activists
Time and Location TBC

Confirmed participants in this dialogue include April Goggans, Zoharra Simmons, Anthony Grimes, Mandy Carter, and Dave Ragland. To receive more information on this event, as it becomes available, please fill out this interest form. Questions should be directed to Professor Mark Lance.