At the University of Utah, we celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. King's legacy has provided in the United States. MLK week has become a platform to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America. This year's MLK Week will be held January 13 - 23, 2018, and we invite you to participate in our many events we will be hosting throughout campus.
- MLK Day of Service
- January 13
- 9:00 AM
- Honor the legacy of Dr. King and his work by working alongside the Salt Lake community. Opportunities include:
Friends for Sight
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
International Rescue Committee - Spice Kitchen
The Road Home
Primary Children's Craft Kits
Service Corner - Knitting Necessities
First Step House
Best Friends Animal Society
Red Butte Gardens
American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
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- Rally & March
- January 15
- 2:30 PM
- East High School to Kingsbury Hall
- With Dr. King’s footsteps forging the pathway towards equity, we march to commemorate his legacy and the work of many activists during the Civil Rights movement. Join us for a rally and march (from East High to Kingsbury Hall) celebrating the legacy of MLK!
Rally @ 2:30 pm
March @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
For ADA accommodations, contact Estela Hernandez at (801)587-3342.
- Toxic: A Conversation on Environmental Racism
- January 17
- 12:15 PM
- Moot Courtroom (Law - Level 6)
- This year’s theme addresses the intentionality of environmental racism through systems and policies that disproportionately regulate zoning laws, chemical and toxic waste, and access to natural resources for communities of color as a way to further inequity of social, economic, and political power.
These types of policies still exist today and have manifested through current issues like the Dakota access pipeline, Flint water crisis, and natural disaster relief. To give us a more in-depth look, we’ve invited experts from across the country to speak on a panel and share their research and perspectives regarding these particular topics.
- Panelists' Bios
- Pizza & Politics
- January 18
- 12:15 PM
- Hinckley Caucus Room
- Hear from local perspectives about environmental racism and how we can help promote change.
Moderator: Franci Taylor, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at the U
Rebecca Hall, Attorney and Community activist
Carl Moore, Co-founder of PANDOS & Chair for SLC Air Protectors
Victor Puertas, Community organizer with ROAR, Dine Land and Water and Utah Tar Sands Resistance
Adrienne Cachelin, Director for Sustainability Education & Associate Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies
- Jacqueline Woodson
- January 23
- 12:00 PM
- Gould Auditorium
- Jacqueline Woodson is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children. Among her many accolades, she is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award, and was named a Newbery Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.
This event is sponsored by World of Children's Literature