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January 20 - 26, 2020

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Nikole Hannah-Jones

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Jones Room
4:00 p.m.
*Free and open to the public.*

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. A MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow (one of only 24 peple chosen, globally), winner of a Peabody, a Polk, and a National Magazine Award, Hannah-Jones has spent years chronicling the way official policies have created and maintains racial segregation in housing and schools. She is the creator of the landmark 1619 Project for the New York Times Magazine, which commemorates the 400th year of slavery in what would become the United States. Hannah-Jones is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With

(Retrieved from Nikole Hannah-Jones website.) 

Monday, January 20

Oxford College's MLK Day of Service

Oxford campus
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Ricardo Horne

Oxford College's MLK Day of Service will kick-off on campus, before students head to various locations around Newton County. Questions may be directed to Ricardo Horne:

Emory's Day On

Emory Student Center Multipurpose Room
11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Johannes Kleiner

Join fellow students for a day of service at various metro Atlanta community partner locations.


Tuesday, January 21

Keynote Address w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones*

Jones Room (Woodruff Library)
4:00 p.m.

* The pop-up exhibit will feature materials from the Rose Libraries collections that illustrate every facet of the 1619 Project, including a logbook from The Wanderer, a slave ship that sailed from West Africa to Savannah, a first edition of David Walker’s Appeal signed by W.E.B. DuBois, and rare photographs of the aftermath of the Greenwood massacre.

Oxford College MLK Jr. Celebration

Old Church (Oxford, GA)
7:30 p.m.
Contact: Dr. Lyn Pace and Anthony Mize

Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through musical performances, readings, and a keynote by Mrs. Sonya Tinsley Hook 89Ox 91C - Oxford's first MLK Jr. Scholar and founder of the All Our Strengths project. This event will also mark the beginning of a semester's worth of activities celebrating 50 years since the first African American students graduated from Oxford College, as well as over 30 years of MLK Scholars. Open to all.


Wednesday, January 22 


Voter Rights & Voter Suppression w/ Carol Anderson*

Jones Room (Woodruff Library)
4:30 p.m.

Dr. Carol AndersonCharles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, delivers a lecture on voter rights and voter suppression. Professor Anderson’s research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States. She is the author of many works, most recently One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy.

* The pop-up exhibit will feature a wide range of documentation about voting, and the suppression of voting rights, with a special focus on the voter registration campaigns of Atlanta’s own Southern Christian Leadership Conference.


Thursday, January 23

MLK Jr Community Service Awards

Claudia Nance Rollins Auditorium
Rollins School of Public Health
4:30 p.m.
Contact: Sara Blake (404.712.9713)

Featuring a fireside chat with the Honorable Asha F. Jackson, moderated by Dr. Carol Henderson, Emory's vice provost for diversity and inclusion. This year's awardees inculde Atlanta Homeward Choir, Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South, Black Health Matters, and Open Hand Atlanta. Reception to follow. For more information:

RSVP here.

Emory Conversation Project: King's Riverside Church Speech*

Cox Ballroom
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered an iconic speech critiquing the Vietnam War at the Riverside Church in New York. Titled Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Dr. King’s speech offered a powerful rebuke of US foreign and domestic policies. Please join the Emory Conversation Project for a reading of and series of conversations about how the Riverside speech can inform our understanding of and response to more recent US foreign policy decisions. Food will be provided. 

* The pop-up exhibit will focus on the life and works of Dr. Vincent Harding, a close friend and confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the original drafter of his Riverside speech, “Beyond Vietnam.”

A Vision of Health and Justice

Tull Auditorium
Emory School of Law
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by Emory School of Law. This year's King lecture features Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. Roberts is the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. 

RSVP here.


Friday, January 24

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

Emory Student Center - South, Rec Lounge
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered an iconic speech critiquing the Vietnam War at the Riverside Church in New York. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence will be playing throughout the day in the ESC. Come listen and reflect on Dr King's message for contemporary times with community members; all are invited.


Saturday, January 25

Being Black Emory

Emory Black Student Union (AMUC)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join fellow students in a recorded podcast and filmed session on Being Black Emory and Black Leadership. The podcast will be released on February 2, 2020.


Sunday, January 26

Beloved Community: Christian Worship at Emory*
w/ Rev. Kim Jackson

Cannon Chapel
11:00 a.m.
Contact: Lyn Pace
The Rev. Kim Jackson is a 2009 graduate of the Candler School of Theology and was honored by being named to Emory’s 40 Under Forty list in Fall 2019. That list honors a multitalented and accomplished group of young professionals. The Reverend Jackson is currently serving as the Interim Vicar at Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta, and she is also running for Georgia State Senate. The Voices of Inner Strength Gospel Choir will also sing at this service.

* The pop-up will explore “human rights” broadly through archival documents from across Rose Library’s collections, including documents from the Civil Rights Movement, feminist actions, LGBTQ liberation, and Emory student movements against injustice.


*Pop-Up Exhibits

Throughout King Week, the Rose Library will be presenting pop-up exhibits featuring archival materials from Emory's collections. Events at which a pop-up appears are marked above.