Jan 15, 2018 08:30 AM
Jan 19, 2018 01:30 PM
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Week
Monday, January 15 - Friday, January 19, 2018
An annual week-long series of events that honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and educate the UofL campus and community on the importance of actualizing Dr. King’s ideals of social justice, non-violence, education, and service. Events will include:
Monday, Jan. 15th - MLK Day of Service (8:30am, Strickler Hall)
MLK Day of Service has been an American tradition since 1994. Join the UofL community in making it a "day on, not a day off". Free t-shirt, lunch and transportation provided. No registration required. Sponsored by Engage, Lead, Serve, Board. The 2018 MLK Day of Service program will kick off on January 15th in Middleton Auditorium located in Strickler Hall on Belknap Campus. The program will begin with a brief introduction and keynote speaker, then students will be transported to various service sites around the city. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, Jan. 15th - Martin Luther King Day Celebration (1 p.m., The Playhouse)
Sponsored by the African American Theatre Program (AATP). Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are inextricably linked, but the two leaders never got together to share their points of view. Now, almost five decades after their deaths, student actors from the University of Louisville Theatre Arts Department will perform “The Meeting,” a fictional take on the two civil rights titans, as part of the department’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration. In addition to the play, there will be an appearance by the Kentucky Center ArtsReach Dance Ensemble performing a contemporary piece to “Strange Fruit” and a performance from local singer Erica Denise Bledsaw & Friends. Professor Ricky Jones, chair of the Pan African Studies Department at UofL, also will moderate a forum.
Tuesday, Jan. 16th – Louisville Bus Civil Rights Tour (12:10 p.m. Departure from the UofL Cultural Center)
The City of Louisville was an active site during the Civil Rights Movement. Whether you are from Louisville or visiting for the first time, we invite you to explore and learn how the 20th-century civil rights movement changed lives here at the South’s northern border–for African Americans, but also for whites & now for the new immigrants who are bringing greater cultural diversity in the 21st century. Join this free bus tour to explore the Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail. Register online at bit.ly/uoflrightstour.
- Wednesday, Jan. 17th – Filming Screening "American Experience: Freedom Riders"(5:30 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)
In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of college students - many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university - decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders—come out to learn about their story.