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.

House of Ruth Leader Named 2020 Legacy of a Dream Awardee

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. This year’s awardee is Sandra Jackson, executive director of the House of Ruth. Read more about the award and past recipients.

2020 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.


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. Watch video.