Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Breaking Barriers: Building the Beloved Community
In January 2021, we will again begin the spring semester with a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. 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.
Ongoing Exhibits & Activities
MLK Beloved Community Interfaith Service
To close MLK Week 2021 there will be an Interfaith Service shared virtually. All are welcome. Enjoy the program video here.
As a part of MLK Week 2021, young alumni/ae of color were asked to share brief reflections on how the Civil Rights Movement impacted their lives. Visit the Alumnae Reflections Video Page.
Donald E. Camp and Kara Walker Artworks Exhibition
Berman Museum of Art
January 18 – 22, 2021
The Berman Museum is featuring works by artist and Ursinus professor emeritus Donald E. Camp, along with works by contemporary artist Kara Walker, and Henry Willis Thomas.
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. Look also for new quotes by Toni Morrison, the late Congressman John Lewis, and, as of Wednesday, Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Let Freedom Ring
Campus monitors shared the video “Let Freedom Ring.”
MLK Week Essay Contest
- Open to students in grades 4 through 8
- Contest instructions and entry form