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


January 15th – 31st


Monday, January 15

MLK Day of Service & Leadership

Lisner Auditorium


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.


Establishing the Beloved Community One Story at a Time

Marvin Center, Room 310

12:30pm & 1:45pm

The beloved community emerges from building relationships across social, cultural, and political differences. This experiential, art-making workshop will facilitate participants to experience King’s call to develop “understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill that have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate.


Thursday, January 18

Messages from the Mountaintop

Kogan Plaza


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.


Whose Streets? Film Screening

Marvin Center, Amphitheater


Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri in August 2014. Join us for a screening of the film and post discussion about the Black Live Matters Movement.



Marvin Center, Room 310


In his honor of Dr. King's vision, join the Mu Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta for a vision board party. We will learn about strategic goal-setting and set plans for the new year. Bring your creativity!


Friday, January 19

Cheers & Fears Surrounding Diversity in the Workplace

Gelman Library, Room 702


Dr. King envisioned an inclusive society where racism and discrimination is non-existent in all aspects of our lives.  Work is an essential part of our identity and unfortunately, is where many people in our society face injustices.  Please join us to hear personal stories on what it is like to be underrepresented in the workplace from a diverse group of panelists.  


Saturday, January 20

Buddha, Gandhi & Rev Dr MLK Jr

Funger Hall, Room 221


The event Buddha, Gandhi & Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr., is a 30-minute pictured powerpoint lecture on the nonviolent movement for social justice and change’s true and complete historical legacy. Usually, people have a tendency to trace Rev. Dr. MLK’s nonviolent struggle to just Gandhi. This lecture shows that Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) himself was re-playing a 2500 year old legacy going back to the Buddha (563-483 BCE).


Monday, January 22

Presidential Symposium On Racism, Recover, and Racial Justice 

MSSC, Room 209


Welcome and moderated framing conversation led by Quaye, Patton, and Harper followed by: stocktaking and sense making of racist incidents on campus; self-care in periods of racial stress and recovery from racial battle: collective impact and coalition building for racial justice. Graduate degree programs and student affairs divisions are encouraged to gather students and/or colleagues to watch the live stream. The virtual engagement experience will include discussion questions and other resources. Includes curricular materials, discussion questions, readings, and other resources for every student and/or colleague participating in the virtual engagement experience.
We Will Not Go Quietly
MSSC, Room 209
Join us for a viewing of the documentary, "Whose Streets," inspired by the community response to the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, MS. A Facilitated conversation will be led by faculty at the conclusion of the film to increasing the awareness of how young people process police responses, especially around deadly force; the psychological impact of the use of military weaponry; lost trust; and the associated hopelessness that overwhelms a people.


Wednesday, January 24

Power and Privilege

Marvin Center, Room 402-404


In this informal dialogue participants will be able to engage in meaningful conversations with their peers around multiple topics including power and privilege in a brave space.

The Minority Report: An Open Forum Discussion

Mitchell Theater



Thursday, January 25

Honoring MLK: Courage & Influence Move’s Artist’s Brush

Marvin Center, Great Hall


This display honors MLK through a series of large acrylic paintings by Peter Newitt, related historical memorabilia, and poetry by his sister, GW Professor Carol Kochhar-Bryant. This collection reflects the strong impact of the civil rights struggle upon a white British immigrant, and serves as testimony to the movement’s power across diverse demographics. The paintings depict key figures and faces in the civil rights movement and cultural history. Meet the artist and discuss his motivation for the project and the origins of the individual works.

Exhibit ends on Wednesday, January 31st.


Get Out Film Screening & Discussion

Marvin Center, Amphitheater


The Colonial Health Center will be hosting a screening of the film "Get Out." After the film, we will facilitate a discussion focusing on campus climate for students of color and how this relates to mental health and wellbeing. We will also be discussing how we as a university community can work to create a more affirming and supportive campus for all students.


Friday, January 26

The Silence of Color: History of Deaf African Americans

Duques Hall, Room 152


A team of student and professor will give a presentation in American Sign Language (ASL) on the Deaf Black community in historical and cultural perspectives. Biographies of influential Deaf African American individuals and the advocacy issues raised by the community will be shared.


Monday, January 29

Together in the Struggle: Solidarity, Allyship, and Community Building

District House, Room 132


The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy invites you to a panel discussion on theories and tools for effective solidarity, allyship, and community building practices. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, we will come together to explore strategies for uniting in struggle across race, ethnicity, nationality, gender and gender expression, sexuality, ability, religion, and class lines. In the current moment of heightened social mobilization--ranging from the Standing Rock water protectors to Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March--how can we best support one another? What are the hallmarks which make allyship effective, and when does it pose additional burdens--and who gets to decide? How can historic movements inform our current strategies, and what makes these times unique? These topics and more will be addressed by a panel of esteemed experts, and will be followed by a lively Q&A with the audience. Elizabeth Rule, Assistant Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, will moderate this important discussion. We invite all to join us in this special night of community building and unity. In the words of Dr. King, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”


Tuesday, January 30

Hidden from History: The Role of People with Disabilities in the Civil Rights Movement

Rome Hall, Room 350


From Harriet Tubman to Jacobus tenBroek to Fannie Lou Hamer, disability has always been a part of the movement for Civil Rights, justice, and freedom. Disability Support Services invites you to come and learn about the contributions of disabled activists to the Civil Rights movement and other activist movements, and to generate ideas about accessibility in your own activist work, inspired by the history revealed in the session.


Thursday, February 1

A Walk to A Dream

MSSC (2127 G St, NW) 


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. 


Tuesday, February 6

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

Ross Hall, Room 101
The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to a lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s advocacy for human rights. Dayna Bowen Matthew, J.D., the William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the University of Virginia School of Law, will inspire and challenge the SMHS community to take action to fulfill the dream of equitable health care for all.

Sponsored By: Disability Support Services, Special Education & Disability Studies, Fine Arts and Art History Department School of Media & Public Affairs, Black Student Union, Mu Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Art Therapy Department, The GW American Sign Language Club, Colonial Health Center, Center for Career Services, AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, Writing in the Disciplines Department,  and Black Graduate Students Association


For more information, contact the King Week Committee at [email protected]