Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Building the Beloved Community
Our annual MLK Week took place January 17 - 22, 2022. We once again began the spring semester with a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
The week included our Day of Service, Lightning Talks, Film Screening, and other activities. Around the campus, were prominently displayed 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 took place virtually, and on campus. Activities included a series of lightning talks; film screenings; discussions; and plans for the future. Many joined us in our efforts to honor Dr. King, the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, and the future of inclusion and equity at Ursinus.
Disability Fast-Forward: What we’ve learned from Dr. King, Civil Rights, and the Disability Rights Movement
Our campus community learned about Dr. King’s influence on disability rights and accessibility.
MLK Week at the Berman Museum
WILLIAM EARLE WILLIAMS
A Stirring Song, Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 (This exhibit ran 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. For 2022, 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. The entry information is posted here each fall.