Multicultural Center

MLK Dream Week

2020 Theme: Catalyst for Change

March 7, 1965, better known as “Bloody Sunday,” some 600 civil rights marchers of diverse backgrounds, headed east out of Selma, Alabama on U.S. Route 80 to Birmingham, AL. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local law enforcement attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma.

On March 25th, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights. King told the assembled crowd:

“There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes” (King, Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March, 121)

This historical event would serve as the catalyst for the creation, passing and signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 7, 1965, outlawing discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests.

Our theme for the 2020 MLK Dream Week is “Catalyst 4 Change.” The aforementioned events served as a catalyst for change in securing equality for voting rights and altering the future landscape of American history; this historical act would aid in diversifying the political leadership and development of the United States. During this week’s four (4) activities, we challenge you to reflect on Dr. King’s life and message, and consider what will be your catalyst for change.

Schedule of Activities

Diversity Dialogues

Tuesday, January 21 | 5-7 p.m.
McDermott Library, McDermott Suite – MC 4.4
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join us for the Diversity Dialogues! Participants will engage in cultural conversations in a safe, comfortable environment over dinner. Dinner will be served while supplies last and Registration is required.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Hill, Assistant Professor • School of Arts and Humanities

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MLK Unity Walk

Wednesday, January 22 | 11 a.m. – Noon
Rain Location – Student Union First Floor Near the Pool Tables
Join the Multicultural Center for the first campus Unity Walk in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to the values of faith, love, nonviolence, education, leadership, selflessness and hope.
Guest Speaker: Dr. George Fair, Vice President, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement & Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  ― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Breakfast

Thursday, January 23 | 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Ballroom – DGAC 1.102
Join us in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy with the presentation of “Catalyst 4 Change”, a breakfast and a true birthday celebration. This special occasion is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Student Union Activities and Advisory Board and The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Guest Speaker: Helen Giddings, Former Texas House of Representative for District 22

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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MLK Day of Service

Friday, January 24 | 10 a.m – Noon
Student Union Galaxy Rooms – SU 2.602
Students! Engage in this third annual Day of Service to help pack meals for people in need. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Volunteerism, Multicultural Center, Terry Scholars, Undergraduate Success Scholars, Black Staff & Faculty Employee Resource Group (ERG), Living Learning Communities, Cultural Scholars, First-Generation Student Programs, Student Diversity Advisory Council, Jindal OutREACH, Office of Sustainability, Tau Sigma/Transfer Student Services and the Diversity Scholars Program. Registration opens 1/21/20!

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Register on 1/21/20

For more details, email us at [email protected].