For several years since the Civil Rights movement and beyond, young leaders have worked together to challenge political agendas, fight for justice, and organize community activism. Today is no different. When we think about local action, young leaders have taken a grassroots approach to organize communities and mobilize initiatives.
This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (Jan 19 – 24) is a call to action for young people across our campus to engage in grassroots movements and communities that promote social change. It’s a prompt to identify the issues that not only impact us individually but to take a look at the issues that impact our surrounding communities – and then to do something about it.
A series of posters found around campus shares quotes from thought-leading activists. These quotes serve as a reminder that a collective approach is vital for social change.
“The MLK committee’s goal this year is focused on engaging our students with community and grassroots movements,” said Estela Hernandez, chair for the 2019 MLK Week planning committee and event specialist for the Office for Equity and Diversity. “Each event is designed to provide tangible ways for our campus community to rally together and make positive change.”
MLK keynote, Charlene Carruthers, is a Queer feminist, community organizer, and writer. Carruthers will lead a discussion on the power of grassroots movements, youth leadership development work, ways to strategize activism and build community solidarity. Her keynote address will be on January 23 at noon in the Union Ballroom, 200 Central Campus Drive.
A full list of MLK Week events can be found at diversity.utah.edu/mlk.