MLK 2017 Events


“Courage to Love: Service, Justice, Peace”

University of Dayton

2017 MLK Celebration

UD 2017 MLK CELEBRATION LIST OF EVENTS: January 16 - January 26, 2017


Join the University of Dayton, as we celebrate and learn from the life, work and actions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events, programs and opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and service. The 2016 MLK Celebration Planning Committee and Office of Multicultural Affairs, invite all members of the UD community, to engage with any of the following:

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Event Name: MLK City of Dayton Memorial March and Ceremony*

Location: Alumni Hall, Rm. 101 (OMA Lounge) to MLK Way (Downtown Dayton)

Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm

Description: In remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., social activist and Civil Rights Movement leader, the City of Dayton will host its annual MLK City of Dayton Memorial March in downtown Dayton. UD student participants will meet in Alumni Hall Room 101 between 8:30- 8:45 a.m. to assemble with the group, have breakfast and depart for the march. Transportation will be provided from UD to MLK Way to participate in the Memorial March and closing ceremony, before departing as a group at 1:00 p.m. to return to UD, arriving by 1:30 p.m. for lunch and discussion. Register on OrgSync to participate, limited space available!

Sponsored by:  The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Social Concern

* AVIATE Eligible- REGISTER via OrgSync at by clicking HERE

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Event Name: Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom

Time: 8:00 am

Description: The University of Dayton invites individuals to attend the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Lunch to join in fellowship and reflect on the work of Dr. King.  The keynote speaker is Larry Burnley, Ph.D., Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the University. Tickets can be purchased from the Kennedy Union Box Office during the beginning of November:  For more information, please contact Daria Graham, Director for Student Leadership Programs or the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

Coordinated by: Student Leadership Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Development

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Event Name: Raising the T.O.R.C.H. in Honor of Dr. King: Teach. Organize. Resist. Change. Hope.

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Kennedy Union - W. Ballroom

Description: The University of Dayton will host a teach-in on campus, lead by UD faculty and staff to reflect on highlight and empower students to connect education, critical thinking, awareness and encourage activism.  #J18 is a national day of action and solidarity to promote education. Contact Joel Pruce ( for more information.  

Sponsored by: Human Rights Center  and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Event Name: Table of Plenty

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Liberty Hall Rm. 08 AVIATE (PATH) Eligible- Register on OrgSync

Description: The “Table of Plenty” is a monthly opportunity for open lunchtime discussion on a complex social justice topic. We hope to have people join us with a broad spectrum of opinions to join us for respectful conversation where all sides are heard.  The dialogue will focus on the work and impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and work of jelani Cobb, UD Speaker Series MLK Commemorative speaker.

*AVIATE (PATH) Eligible- Register on OrgSync HERE

Sponsored by: The Center for Social Concern and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Event Name: Prayers of the HEART Gathering

Time: 12:15 pm -12:30 pm

Location: Peace Pole near the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Description: This monthly prayer service this year on the third Thursday of every month at 12:15 pm for all those impacted by any form of discrimination and to pray for and work towards peace. We gather together in faith as brothers and sisters who believe that our prayers can proactively stimulate change. We gather to create a space for those affected to embrace and express their emotions in an effort to stand in solidarity for the common good. We hope that these prayer services will help bring Healing, Empathy, Awareness, Reconciliation, and Transformation on our campus, in our city, our country, and beyond. Dr. Spina is calling us to be a campus of inclusion and compassion. So, join us from 12:15-12:30 pm around the Peace Pole (between the Chapel and St. Mary's Hall). For more information

Sponsored by: Campus Ministry, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for International Programs, Enrollment Management, the Department of Music

Date: Friday, January 20, 2017

Name of Event: Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame and Reception

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Roesch Library. First Floor

Description: You are welcome to the unveiling of Moral Courage, the fourth installation in the six-part 2016-17 IAN Installation. This is a photo exhibit that  emerges from the work of the Moral Courage Project, a team of UD students and program coordinators that conducted innovative oral history research in Ferguson, Missouri in May 2016. Featuring powerful portraits and compelling audio recordings, the exhibit provides critical texture to the story of Ferguson by focusing on profiles that fracture the dominant narrative. Ferguson Voices highlights the contributions of average people who found the courage to stand up during moments of unrest.

Sponsored by: Human Rights Center and University Libraries

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Name of Event: MLK Social Justice Plunge and Community Service

Time: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: McGInnis/ Salem Peace Corridor

Description: Serve the community through volunteerism and dialogue about social change in Dayton and explore how to advance justice in the spirit of Dr. King.  Register at:

*AVIATE (PATH) Eligible- Register on OrgSync HERE

Sponsored by: The Center for Social Concern, Office of Multicultural Affairs, MLK Planning Committee

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

UD Speaker Series: Jelani Cobb

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom

Description: JELANI COBB, New Yorker Staff Writer and Professor of Journalism at Columbia

Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative speaker "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today"

Jelani Cobb is a faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he has penned a remarkable series of articles about race, the police, and injustice. His lecture is an up-to-the-moment meditation on the complex dynamics of race in America. Whether discussing Black Lives Matter, Ferguson and Baltimore, the legacy of a black presidency—or, more generally, the history of civil rights, violence, incarceration, housing, and inequality—Cobb speaks with passion and authority. He inspires audiences to work toward a dream of equity—of genuine democracy. He shows us that not only are the levers of justice in our hands, but that we can move them in the direction we see fit. And he reminds us that the only obstacle holding us back is the comforting illusion that we’ve already achieved our goals. A book signing will immediately follow his talk. For more information on Mr. Cobb visit

Sponsored by: UD Speaker Series

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

UD Speaker Series: “P.S. I Can’t Breathe” - Film Screening and Dialogue

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Roesch Library Collab. space

Description: P.S. I Can’t Breathe is a documentary of about the New York City streets filling up with a multicultural blanket of people, a landmark protest sparks the onset of a peaceful revolution. People are Demanding Justice in the Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and many other cases where excessive police force, hostility, and brutality lead to death of unarmed black men. This uncensored glimpse inside December's Million March NYC imparts raw interviews and footage to deliver a realistic perspective of why the marchers passionately became involved. P.S. I Can't Breathe encourages the observer to digest information regarding the #BlackLivesMatter hash-tag and understand the youth's perspective on the topic while taking a deeper look into aftermath or Postscript of hope lost and shattered dreams when justice is not equal for everyone.

Sponsored by: University Libraries and MLK Planning Committee