King Week 2019
The George Washington University Celebrates the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15th - 31st
Tuesday, January 15
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Marvin Center - Great Hall | 12:06pm to 5pm
Join the university community in celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visit the Great Hall and reflect on a multimedia presentation of King’s quotes, sermon’s, and speeches. Earn King badges and wristbands by answering trivia questions, and immerse yourself in the 1960’s with three virtual reality experiences, “I am a Man,” A Virtual Tour of the King Memorial - I Have a Dream,” and “King’s Legacy in Memphis.” George Rice will share insight on Dr. King from the Morehouse College and Fraternal perspectives. Birthday Cake will be served at: 12:06 pm, with a rousing rendition of“Happy Birthday” to follow.
Commemorative Walk to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
GWSPH Lobby | 12:45pm
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by joining us for a commemorative walk to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. We will meet in the GWSPH lobby at 12:45pm and begin walking to the memorial at 1pm.
Wednesday, January 16
Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: How to Be an Antiracist
Ross Hall 101 | 12pm
In this deeply personal and empowering lecture, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi shifts the discussion from how not to be racist, to how to be an antiracist. He shares his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He provides direction to people and institutions who want more than just band-aid programs, but actual anti racist action that builds an anti racist America. RSVP by Thursday, January 10th at
Dr. King: A Voice and Force in International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Room 602 | 5pm
Join Dr. Robert M. Franklin as he discusses Dr. King’s: views, participation, and influence in the international community; his engagement concerning apartheid in South Africa; his views on the Vietnam War; his views on capitalism and communism; his trip to Scandinavia and interest in democratic socialism.
Thursday, January 17
Messages from the Mountaintop
Kogan Plaza | 9am - 4 pm
Keeping Dr. King’s Voice alive within our community! Listen, reflect, and share Dr. King’s wisdom as the MSSC hosts the campus community in reading the lectures, speeches, and sermons of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. To register to become a reader and select a message, please visit
Bayard Rustin: Gay, Black, and Civil Rights Icon
Multicultural Student Services Center Room 209 | 7pm - 8:30pm
How did Bayard Rustin navigate being gay and black, while changing the Civil Rights Movement forever? Come join us for a film screening and discussion of the award winning documentary, Brother Outsider. Free food and fellowship await you! All are welcome to attend!
Friday, January 18
Argentine Tango Beginner Lesson
Mitchell Hall | 2pm
Come learn about Argentine Tango, a dance based on African roots which has long term health benefits and can be done any age
Monday, January 21
MLK Day of Service & Leadership
Lisner Auditorium | 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 and to register visit or contact us at [email protected]. Pre-registration is required.
2nd Annual DMV Children's Book Drive for MLK Day of Service 2019
Marvin Center 403 | 10am - 2pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on principles of justice and equitable opportunity, especially for younger generations. One major factor in determining whether King’s Dream becomes reality is literacy. Stop by the Marvin Center to donate a children's book and join the free literary events of the day, including book giveaways, games, and story time for all ages.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
An Un-Programmed Interfaith Silent Worship in the Quaker Meeting Tradition:
MSSC 209 | Noon - 12:50 pm
Join us at the Multicultural Student Services Center(MSSC) as MSSC Director Michael Tapscott provides a brief overview of the Quaker Faith with a focus on the philosophy and values shared both by King in his quest for the "beloved community," and Quaker philosophy. This is an open event welcoming anyone with an interest in gathering together in this unique manner to reflect on and perhaps share how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted your life. Atheist, Agnostic, and any expression spirituality are welcomed to this celebration of shared humanity and inclusion. Refreshments following the event. Please RSVP Here.
Wednesday, January 23rd
Becoming an Entrepreneur: How to Harness Your Passion to Make Your Dream a Reality
Marvin Center 302 | 5:30-7:30pm
From age to ethnicity to gender, entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly diverse. But launching a business doesn't always equate to success. Students can hear it first from a diverse panel of GW alumni on how they were able to still follow their passion and dreams of launching their own businesses. Register at
Thursday, January 24
Protecting His Legacy: A Movie and Discussion of How to Continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Marvin Center Amphitheater | 6pm - 9pm
Join GW’s Counseling and Psychological Services in welcoming Kevin Willmott, screenwriter for BlacKKKlansman and Chi-Raq, to the campus as he facilitates a film screening and discussion regarding racism today, its portrayal in various media, and future change. The event will focus on Willmott’s critically acclaimed feature, C.S.A. The Confederate States of America, which will be shown during the program.
Friday, January 25
Argentine Tango Beginner Lesson
Location TBD | TBD
Come learn about Argentine Tango, a dance based on african roots which has long term health benefits and can be done any age.
Monday, January 28  
Where Do Student Rights Come From? Telling the Story of Dixon v. Alabama
District House B118 | 12pm
Dixon v. Alabama is a civil-rights case that built the foundations for all student rights on campuses today. Whether the right to view and respond to information against them, the right to a process in conduct matters, or any other right for students on campus today, it began with a lunch counter sit-in and subsequent expulsion at Alabama State College. This session will tell the story of that case and look at the far-reaching legacy for all students on college campuses
Monday, January 28
Race in the World
Marvin Center: Room 308 | 5:30-6 pm light dinner reception ------ 6-6:45 pm presentation &Q&A
Join Dr. Alexa Alice Joubin in a research presentation and Q&A session about the critical history of race as an intersectional identity. Learn about the main features of racial discourse in the US as well as world-wide histories. Develop new analytical tools to productively respond to racial tensions and engage in a self-reflective process relating to race and identity topics.
A light dinner reception will be from 5:30 – 6:00 PM, with food available on a first come, first serve basis. This event is open to the public. If you are not a GWorld cardholder, please bring a form of photo ID and contact [email protected] to secure your registration.
Who produces knowledge about race? In what context? Race as a concept intersects with other social factors such as class, gender, and cultural citizenship to form narratives that contribute to how we think about otherness. Drawing on her latest book, this presentation examines narratives that reflect the impact of epistemologies of otherness upon our understanding of race. Please access the link below for a full description of the book.
Race (Routledge New Critical Idiom series) by Martin Orkin and Alexa Alice Joubin (London: Routledge, 2019). 
The book will be released on February 2, 2019*
Tuesday, January 29
Teaching, Learning, and Decolonizing in DC
District House B205 | 4-5:30pm
The “Teaching, Learning, and Decolonizing in DC” panel will provide an overview of teaching strategies, learning approaches, and research methods rooted in decolonization theory and indigenous cultural relevance. Topics for discussion include: microaggressions toward indigenous students/cultures, rethinking the colonial roots of research, community engagement, reciprocity and respect, cultural competency, and more. Students, researchers, and educators alike will benefit from this discussion on how to incorporate these tools and perspectives into their living-learning experience.
Sponsored By GW: AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Black Men’s Initiative, Black Student Union, ColonialHealth Center, Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Department of English, GW Argentine Tango, LEAP Initiative: Elliott School of International Affairs, LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, Multicultural Student Services Center, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Word Up! Bible Study.
For more information, contact the King Week Committee at [email protected].