The George Washington University Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


January 16th – 31st


Monday, January 16

MLK Day of Service & Leadership

Lisner Auditorium ǀ 11am

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a day of service, leadership development, and interfaith dialogue in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, visit or contact MLK Day of Service and Leadership Program Assistants, at Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, January 17

“Advancing the Dream” Reception

Ross Hall Lobby ǀ 12pm

Commit to "Advancing the Dream" by embracing the challenge of eliminating health disparities and transforming health care to enrich and improve the lives of those we serve. At the event, attendees will create pledges about how they will advance the dream. Dessert and hot apple cider will be served.


Wednesday, January 18

How Do We Respond to Police Violence as a Public Health Crisis?

Milken Institute School of Public Health, Lectuce Hall B ǀ 12pm

What can universities and community organizations do to act against police violence?  What is the role of the police under capitalism?  Is state sponsored violence and repression a matter of bad apples or intentional policy?  Professors, students, and community organizers will discuss how we teach and learn about, and act on structural racism, racism imposed by the socioeconomic system. We will view the film, Profiled, to spark discussion ( so come out to learn and fight back. (Bring GW to access the building.)


A New Era, A New Song

Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre ǀ 7pm-9pm

Days before the presidential inauguration, King Week presents: "A New Era, A New Song." This multimedia benefit concert will highlight songs, poems and dances of freedom and will feature notable artists, social entrepreneurs, and public figures. As we enter a new a new era, we sing a new song and honor the legacy and work of Dr. King. Pre-show Reception will take place from 5:30PM-6:30PM (location TBD).


Thursday, January 19

Messages from the Mountaintop

Kogan Plaza ǀ 9am

Join members of the GW community who will share the wisdom and spirit of Dr. King to passersby through the public reading of King’s letters, sermons and speeches. To register to become a reader and select a message, please visit Rain or shine, warm beverages provided.


Be the Change You Want to See: How You Can Be a Champion for LGBTQ Cancer Patients

Ross Hall, Room 116 ǀ 1pm

Please join us in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King for a presentation addressing the unique concerns of the LGBTQ community and providing guidance in building welcoming and affirming relationships with LGBTQ patients in the GW Health System. This presentation will focus on health professionals and cover health disparities within the LGBTQ community, as well as proper communication and ways to increase inclusivity in care settings.


Monday, January 23

Sustaining Sustainability: A Community Forum

Winston Churchill Center, 1st Floor Gelman Library ǀ 6pm-7:30pm

Students interested in environmental and social sustainability are encouraged to reserve this day and time for a community forum on the challenges and opportunities created for sustainability by the new political 


Artistic Expressions Bridging Communities and Addressing Mental Health

Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre ǀ 7pm

Explore a showcase of GW students and different ways they utilize artistic expression to address issues effecting diverse communities in the USA and/or to address the impact on their mental health. 


Tuesday, January 24

The Civil Rights Movement and Medical Education: The Desegregation of American Medical Schools

Ross Hall, Room 101ǀ 12pm

Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D., University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies, invites you to a lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s advocacy for human rights. Dr. Northington will illuminate the connections between medicine and civil rights--with medical education at the intersection.


Wednesday, January 25

Designing Socially Engaged Community Arts Based on King’s Teachings

Textile Museum ǀ 4:30pm

King’s tenets of nonviolent resistance (soul force, drum major instinct, creative tension, beloved community) will be described as the foundation for creating innovative community arts projects focused on social justice.  This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to develop their own arts project on a social issue of their choosing.


From Warzone to Awareness: Identifying and Addressing Implicit Bias

MSSC, Room 209 ǀ 6pm

Join us for a presentation and discussion focused on honest identification and strategies to challenge the negative impact of implicit bias.


Shades of Difference: The Effects of Colorism in the African-American Community

Mount Vernon Campus, Post Hall ǀ 6:30

The Speak Your Truth series is hosting an interactive panel and discussion, where members of the GW community will share their stories and experiences of colorism. Join us as we have a facilitated conversation about the impacts of colorism on people of color and how our community can create affirming and accepting spaces for all on campus.


Thursday, January 26

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre ǀ 6pm

Silenced, threatened, beaten down- learn about Bayard Rustin’s pursuit for racial and LGBT equality in a world full of adversity. Discover the legacy of one of the most under-reported members of the Civil Rights movement. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Rustin's lifelong partner, Walter Neagle, the film director, and others.


Divine Dissatisfaction: Moral Religion in Kant and MLK

MSSC, Room 201 ǀ 6pm

Is religiously motivated civil disobedience moral? Join Joseph Trullinger, Assistant Professor of Honors and Philosophy, where he will juxtapose the mutually illuminating views of MLK and the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant.


Friday, January 27

A Walk to A Dream

MSSC (2127 G St, NW) ǀ 12pm

Engage members of the GW community for a guided historic walk through campus to the Lincoln Memorial and to the King Memorial for reflection. We will meet at the Multicultural Student Services Center, share stories, take pictures and listen to commentary about the March on Washington and the civil rights era. Warm beverages provided.


FIRST CUT: Bridging Cultural Divides through Film

Marvin Center, Amphitheater ǀ 6pm

Filmmakers Mimi d'Autremont and Alexandra Dietz present the first cut of their films Anyone Like Me and Your Way Back to Me, films about the intersection of deaf culture & football at Gallaudet University and grief & feminism in a Native American family, respectively. A panel discussion with the filmmakers will follow.


Sunday, January 29

Live The Dream: Answer Violence with Skills for Peace 

Phillips Hall, Room 205 and 206 ǀ 5:30pm

Join us in living out Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of  diversity, nonviolence, and inclusion through learning how to live, experience, and teach peace at our summit. “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sponsored by: the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Multicultural Student Services Center, LGBTQIA Resource Center, Mental Health Services, Art Therapy Program, Allied in Pride, Black Graduate Student Association, GW Honors and Philosophy Program, Center for Student Engagement, GW Cancer Center, Corcoran Student Association, and Little Friends for Peace.


For more information, contact the King Week Committee at