King Week

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at a rally.

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at interfaith civil rights rally, San Francisco’s Cow Palace, June 30, 1964.

Each January, King Week celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty, students and staff at the George Washington University (GW) contribute interpretive programing that is exciting, thought provoking, historic and inspiring. At GW, we celebrate King from early childhood through the spirit of the civil rights movement.

Programs include faculty readings, live music and narrative, recitation of King's work, service events and more.  King Week tells the story of drama, pain and perseverance that was his life. Our goal is to present an inspiring tribute to the life and vision of America's most legendary civil rights leader and humble Baptist Minister. Students of all backgrounds are invited to participate in King Week.

For more information on how to participate in this year's King Week, please view a full list of our events below, RSVP for our events, or contact the King Week Committee at [email protected]

The King Week Committee is headed by the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. Interested in joining? Email [email protected]

KING WEEK 2020

January 13th - 31st

 

Monday, January 13th

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Vision for 21st Century Leadership

Elliot School, Room 213 | 6pm


In honor of King Week, the Elliott School of International Affairs' Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative will host Dr. Vicki L. Crawford for a discussion on Dr. King as a voice and force in international affairs. Dr. Crawford directs the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection at Morehouse College and is also the general editor of the Morehouse College King Collection Series on Civil and Human Rights. Pre-registration is required to attend. 

 

Wednesday January 15th 

 

Messages from the Mountaintop

Kogan Plaza | 10 am to 4 pm 


The content of the speech, often called “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” is considered by many to be one of King’s most inspirational works... “an improvised masterpiece.” The threats he received before that night and the chatter in the streets led many to believe that “I may not get there with you” was a prescient warning of an impending death he was certain to face, perhaps as soon as the next day at the Lorraine Motel. His physical collapse while stepping down from the pulpit at the Mason Chapel (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee, was an indication of his exhaustion and his awareness that he might be “called home.” He sought assurance before the program that the choir would sing, “Take my hand Precious Lord” that night. 
In the spirit of that speech, we work to keep Dr. King’s Voice alive within our community and in each of us! Listen, reflect, and share in Dr. King’s wisdom, or join with the GW community as we host the annual reading of the lectures, speeches, and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To register to become a reader and select your message, please visit (https://givepul.se/ux0xc5). Presented by the Multicultural Student Services Center. 

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Celebration

Marvin Center Great Hall | Noon to 4 pm 


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, sermons, and speeches. Answer trivia to win King badges and wristbands, Take a selfie with: Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; the Edmund Pettus Bridge; Rosa Parks’ seat on the Montgomery Alabama Bus. in the background. Immerse yourself in the 1960s 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.” Alphonso Bonds and Owen Manning will share insight on Dr. King from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. perspective. Birthday Cake at: 12:06 pm, with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to follow. Presented by the Multicultural Student Services Center. 

 

Thursday January 16th

 

“Walk to King’s Dream”

Meet at the MSSC | Noon to 3 pm 


A scenic walk through historic sites on the George Washington University Campus, across the plaza to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and onward to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. Depart from the Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street NW at Noon. RSVP Here

 

Friday January 17th

 

An Interfaith Reflection in the Quaker Meeting Tradition

MSSC 209 | Noon - 12:50 pm 


Join us at the Multicultural Student Services Center(MSSC) as Director Michael Tapscott provides an overview of the Quaker Faith with a focus on the philosophy and values shared by King in his quest for the "beloved community." This is an open event for anyone with an interest in gathering together to share thoughts on King’s legacy while experiencing aspects of Quaker Meeting. If moved to share, participants are welcomed to reflect on the manner in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted their lives. Any expression of spirituality is welcomed to this celebration of shared humanity and inclusion. Refreshments will be provided following the event. Please RSVP Here

 

Saturday, January 18th 

 

We’re Still Here: LGTBQIA+ Health and Advocacy Conference

Marvin Center | 9am-3pm 


Join the Student Association as we highlight the importance of understanding the impact of anti-LGBT policies and demonstrated resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. This unique student-organized conference will provide a space for dialogue about topics related to LGBTQIA+ health, and equip attendees with resources and effective strategies to maintain good health. Whitman-Walker Health will be providing free HIV/STI testing the duration of the conference. Register here: https://givepul.se/z3ypbh. Presented by the Student Association, MSSC LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, LGBT Health Practice and Policy Program, Colonial Health Center, Capital Peers, Whitman-Walker Health, National LGBTQ Task Force, and more. 

 

Monday, January 20th

 

MLK Day of Service

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 go.gwu.edu/mlkdos or contact us at [email protected]. Pre-registration is required. Presented by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. 

 

Tuesday, January 21st

 

Celebrating Our Diversity in Engineering

Science and Engineering Hall | All Day 

 

Join the School of Engineering and Applied Science as we celebrate and highlight the many accomplishments of scholars of color and women in engineering and computer science. The student professional societies for each of the engineering 
disciplines (Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering as well as Computer Science) will each provide information on the monitors in the SEH building concerning an exemplary scholar from an under-represented group. 

 

Book Launch and Lecture: Race

Elliott School of International Affairs Room 505 | 4pm

 

Join Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English and International Affairs, for her book launch for Race.  Race is a concise guide offering compelling new insights and addresses the intersections of race and gender; race and social theory; identity, ethnicity, and migration; the concept of whiteness; the legislative and judicial markings of difference; blackness in a global context; race in the history of science, and critical race theory.  RSVP

 

Leveraging Privilege: Respect & Reflection

District House B206 | 5pm 


Come participate in an hour long group discussion about leveraging privilege. What does that look like and how do you start engaging in difficult conversations? Topics to be discussed are MLK's nonviolent social change philosophy of information gathering and the importance of education as the core to life long learning and continual self reflection. Presented by Allison Schmierer, Director of Precollege. 

 

A Decolonial Dialogue

Funger Hall Room 103 | 7pm 


Join Anything But Colonial for a panel discussion with students, faculty and administrators offering their perspectives on how their experiences as Native American, Black, and International GW community members is impacted by the Colonial moniker and other racially charged institutional names and symbols. The moderated dialogue will discuss the Colonial and the repercussions of settler colonialism, Cloyd Heck Marvin's legacy of racism and anti-semitism, and the larger issue of institutional names and symbols that do not represent institutional values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Panelists include the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy Dr. Elizabeth Rule, the former Ambassador from Tanzania and current Assistant Director of the GW Institute for African Studies Liberata Mulamula, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Education Dr. Jordan West, WGSS Masters candidate Breya Johnson, and the president of GW Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights Georgie Britcher

 

Thursday, January 23rd 

 

Our Public Health Issue: Immigration Policies and Detention Centers

Ross Hall 117 | Noon - 1 pm 


The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the 4th Annual GW SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture honoring Dr. King's advocacy for human rights. Christina Fialho, J.D., co-founder and co-executive director of Freedom for Immigrants, formerly Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), will offer our GW community a dynamic and thought-provoking talk on immigration policies and detention issues. 
Christina is an attorney, immigration detention expert and has spent 15 years advocating for immigrants. She has assisted in defending immigrants from detention and deportation, with a focus on representing LGBTQ asylum seekers. She has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Immigration Courts. Christina has worked as a program coordinator for Upwardly Global in San Francisco and a research fellow for the Global Detention Project in Geneva, Switzerland. Her media appearances include MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC, CBS, NPR’s All Things Considered, and many other national television and radio programs. In 2017, she was featured in Grammy-winning artist Miguel's music video, “Now,” and in 2019, her organization was featured in Season 7 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Her work also has been in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC News, Associated Press, Rolling Stone Magazine, Teen Vogue, la Repubblica, and on Univision and Telemundo, among others. 
Please RSVP here. RSVP is required to attend. 

 

Crazy Rich Asians

Linder Commons (ESIA 1957 E St. NW) | 3pm - 6pm

 

Join Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English and International Affairs and Patty Chu, Deputy Chair and Professor of English, for a Lunar New Year-inspired film screening and talk-back of the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians. Reception to follow. RSVP

 

Adjusting the Lens: A Screening and Discussion of James Baldwin's I Am Not Your Negro

Marvin Center Room Amphitheater | 6:30pm 


"Whatever you think about the past and future of what used to be called “race relations” this movie will make you think again, and may even change your mind." A.O. Scott (The NYTimes). We know that traveling opens individuals' minds to a new perspective. Travel with GWU's Counseling and Psychological Services as we watch the documentary I Am Not Your Negro in order to change our current perspective and ways of interacting with one another. Presented by Counseling and Psychological Services. 

 

Friday, January 24th

 

"You people are too sensitive" - The Weight of Words and How to Use Them as a Tool of Empowerment

District House B114 | 12:30pm-3pm 


This workshop will include critical analysis on the history and effects of commonly used words and its significant effect on people. Focused activities and discussions will take place on ways to unlearn common problematic words while providing tools to create uplifting spaces. Presented by Mx. J Robinson. 

 

Monday, January 27th

 

How Civil Disobedience and Free Expression Intersect at College

MSSC 209 | 11am 


Attention student activists: join us for a workshop discussing civil disobedience, protests, and protected speech. Student Rights and Responsibilities and GW Safety and Security will discuss policies and protocols for managing protest and issues of speech and expression. We will discuss your rights and strategies for planning protests and managing any response. Presented by Christy Anthony, Director, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, and Scott Burnotes 

 

Tuesday, January 28th

 

Women of Color in 2020 - Our Lived Experiences with Inequality

Marvin Center Room 307 | 11:00am-12:00pm

 

Women of color are considered a growing force in the United States. However, we are still under-represnted in leadership positions, and face a variety of challenges in achieving equality. Join us in a roundtable discussion of our lived experiences with inequality, and how that impacts us. The purpose of the session is to create a psychologically safe space for us to engage in an honest discussion with ourselves and others, and focus on what needs to be done to improve the status of our living and working. We are inclusive- everyone is welcome! Organized and Presented by Shaista E. Khilji, Professor of Human and Organizational Learning & International Affairs; Zoe King, Senior Recruitment Partner, Talent Acquisition, Human Resource Management and Development. In partnership with The Faculty Senate University and Urban Affairs Committee. 

 

DC School and Community Partnerships: Supporting Our Youth

Marvin Center Room 403 | 5:30pm-6:30pm

 

You can respond to Dr. King’s call to service in DC Public Schools! Meet six AmeriCorps VISTA members who are completing a year of national service and learn more about GW’s partnerships with DC Public Schools. This workshop is intended for students to learn how to serve and develop partnerships. Presented by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. 

 

Wednesday, January 29th 

 

Where Do Student Rights Come From: Telling the Story of Dixon v. Alabama

Lisner Hall Room 201 | 12pm 


College students’ rights started at a Montgomery, Alabama lunch counter in 1960 when St. John Dixon and other students were expelled for engaging in a lunch counter sit-in. Join us to learn the story of this important civil rights case and its lasting impact on all students in American higher education. Presented by Christy Anthony, Director, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and Charles Barber, Office of General Counsel and Law School Faculty. 

 

Legal Practice Areas Today in Which Diversity is Virtually Non-Existent

GW Law School Student Conference Center, Lisner Building, Second Floor | 5pm 


While the number of minorities in Big Law increases steadily, there are certain practice areas where diversity has remained stagnant. Panelists will discuss why groups that are already underrepresented in the legal profession are especially underrepresented in certain practice areas of law like tax, mergers and acquisitions, energy, and tech. Panelists will offer suggestions for change. Presented by the Student Bar Association featuring Amanda Reed, Associate, Caplin & Drysdale (Tax), Regina Speed-Bost, Partner, Reed Smith (Energy), and Bryan Parker, Chief Executive Officer at Legal Innovators who has held CEO roles at other tech company; JD from NYU (Tech)

 

We Are Loving Dr. King Wrong: A Black Feminist Critique 

School of Media and Public Affairs B07 | 6pm


My Black Feminist critique of the Dr. King they dont cite because they are killing him twice. Before we continue with the Movement for Black Lives we must revisit the past. Presented by Breya Johnson. 

 

Thursday, January 30th 

 

"Is Your Celebration of MLK Performative?"

Corcoran Hall Room 101 | 5pm

This lecture features a critical analysis of what celebrating the legacy of MLK does or does not "do" for a community in need of not just diversity, but evolution and transformation. Presented by Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright, Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education. 

 

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

The George Washington University honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of programs, presentations, service events, lectures and seminars.  Sixty years after the start of the Montgomery bus boycott, and Fifty two years after King’s “I have a Dream” speech on the Washington mall, people across the nation have inspired the rebirth of a movement around social justice and responsibility.  Their public protests and peaceful demonstrations reflect an ideology that says the world is moved less by the powerful shoves of the mighty, but more so by the thousands of daily nudges of the common man.

Upon reflection of King’s historic call for action, every member of the GW community is encouraged to contribute.  Whether mighty or not, King's legacy should inspire us to get behind this community wide celebration and nudge our institution, and nation forward.  With the support of GW faculty, staff, students, and alumni the MLK Planning Committee developed the KING WEEK TOOL-KIT which provides a number of opportunities, ideas, and inspiration for all of us to “keep moving forward.”