UofL will mark the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a number of free events during the week of Jan. 13-20.
Many of the programs were organized by the Cultural Center and take aim at educating the community about King’s ideals of social justice, nonviolence, education and service.
Key programs during 2017 Martin Luther King week are:
- Jan. 13 – Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Trail, a bus tour of sites important during the struggle. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tour departs from the Cultural Center. Seats are limited and registration is required.
- Jan. 16 – MLK Day of Service, one of UofL’s largest community service events of the year. The program kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the SAC. At 11:15 a.m. participants will board buses to visit one of nine local nonprofit organizations. Typical duties include painting, cleaning, winterizing homes and working with youth.
- Jan. 16 – Under the theme of “revolutionary multiracial dialogue,” a program featuring music, dance and speakers by the African American Theatre Program will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The Playhouse, 1911 S. Third St.
- Jan. 18 – Women in the Movement Discussion, a talk by Kaila Story, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies. Story’s noon to 1:30 p.m. discussion at the Cultural Center is about women’s roles in the civil rights movement.
- Jan. 19 – “Children of the Civil Rights,” a documentary about a group of Oklahoma children and their six-year struggle against oppression prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Discussion follows. Film begins at 6 p.m., Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
- Jan. 20 – Lunch and MLK Dream Wall signing, noon to 2 p.m., Cultural Center. People can share messages of unity, love, inspiration and equality as MLK Week concludes.