Dominican University will honor the 50-year legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a variety of programs in January and February 2014.
"Honoring Martin Luther King’s 50-Year Legacy: Engaging in Contemporary Civil Rights Issues" will provide many opportunities for the university community to engage in discussion, listen to guest speakers and commemorate civil rights movements at many levels.
Monday, January 20
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dominican sponsors ImpACT
, a daylong workshop celebrating the heritage of the Civil Rights Movement by fostering a culture of ongoing student engagement regarding some of today’s most pressing civil rights issues, including immigration, economic inequality and educational justice. Students will be resourced with tools for effective civil action. Keynote speakers
9 a.m., Parmer Hall, Shaffer Silveri Atrium
Mariame Kaba, founder of Project NIA, a grassroots organization dedicated to ending youth incarceration.
Anthony Suarez-Abraham, director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Peace and Justice
For more information, visit the website at beta.dom.edu/service/ImpACT/
Wednesday, January 22
MLK Lecture: Alexis Herman
1:30 p.m. Lund Auditorium
The Honorable Alexis Herman, an expert in workplace and labor issues, was the first African-American to be appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Her lecture coincides with the release of From the Pews in the Back to the Front of the Class
, a book documenting her alma mater, Most Pure Heart of Mary High School, the only black Catholic high school in Alabama whose students and teachers—including many Sinsinawa Dominican sisters--were courageous leaders in the civil rights movement.
February 4 and 5
With a theme of “Transformation,” Dominican faculty will use their normally scheduled classes to discuss MLK’s alternative use of power to transform society, from the perspective of their own disciplines.