Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative

The MLK Initiative: Let Freedom Ring! invites students, faculty and staff to participate in a range of events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Georgetown Awards DC Leader for Making Food Equity More Than a Dream

Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day., 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. This year’s awardee is Christopher Bradshaw, founder and executive director of Dreaming Out Loud. 

Read more about the award and past recipients.

2021 Events

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.


Cultivating DC’s Food Economy to Sustain Racial Justice

Featuring 2021 Legacy of a Dream Award honoree, Christopher Bradshaw, leaders and experts at the forefront of advancing racial justice participate in a virtual panel discussion on the policy development, research and grassroots advocacy efforts in D.C.’s food economy. Moderated by Adanna J. Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion at Georgetown University, the panel also includes Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5, District of Columbia Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development of the District of Columbia; Yuki Kato, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and Co-Editor of A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City; and Erinn Tucker, Ph.D., Faculty Director of the Global Hospitality Leadership Program and Associate Professor of the Practice at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS), as well as Co-Founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week.

Living the Dream: Advocacy, Service, and DC’s Beloved Community

In a 2020 event, prior recipients of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award offered reflections on their mission, efforts and the leadership they provide through their organizations in the Washington, D.C. community, during a panel discussion moderated by Adanna Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion. Legacy of a Dream Award honorees featured on the panel include 2017 honoree, Abel Enrique Núñez, Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN); 2020 honoree, Sandra Jackson, Executive Director of House of Ruth; and 2015 honoree, George Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Bread for the City.

Georgetown and the March on Washington

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.