Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Building the Beloved Community

Our annual MLK Week will take place January 17 - 22, 2022. We will once again begin the semester with a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The week will include our Day of Service, Lightning Talks, Film Screening, and other activities. Around the campus, we will prominently display the words of great African American artists, thinkers, writers, activists, performers, and others from the nineteenth century to the present; all quotes were suggested by members of the community.

A number of events will take place virtually, and on campus. Activities will include a series of lightning talks; film screenings; discussions; and plans for the future. We hope you will join us in our efforts to honor Dr. King, the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, and the future of inclusion and equity at Ursinus.

*Please note many events have been moved to a virtual environment

Upcoming Events

Download the promotional flyer here.

Disability Fast-Forward: What we’ve learned from Dr. King, Civil Rights, and the Disability Rights Movement

Please join our campus community in learning about Dr. King’s influence on disability rights and accessibility. Stop by the Institute for Student Success, from January 18-21 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) to pick up your “What Disability Means to Me” canvas and supplies, along with resources on Dr. King’s influence on the Disability Rights Movement.

MLK Week at the Berman Museum

A Stirring Song, Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 (This exhibit run January - April 2022)

Quotes on Display

As an Ursinus tradition, when students return in January, the campus features prominent quotes by African American thinkers, writers, artists, scientists, and people of faith. This year, the Committee wanted to include more quotes by scientists, including NASA’s Ron McNair Jr., the astronaut who was killed in the Challenger disaster; and Katherine Johnson, the mathematician and scientist for NASA who was immortalized in Hidden Figures. In 2021 new quotes by Toni Morrison, the late Congressman John Lewis, and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

MLK Week Essay Contest

Open to students in grades 5 through 8.
Check out the 2022 contest instructions and entry form.

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