Featured 2017 Events

Monday,
January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Observation

Snite Museum of Art

Celebrate the contributions of African-American artists featured in the museum's collection.

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Candlelight Prayer Service

Main Building

To commemorate the life of Dr. King, the Notre Dame family is invited to a Candlelight Prayer Service on Monday, Jan. 16. Post-event (complimentary) late-night breakfast at South Dining Hall.

Thursday,
January 19

40 Years of Civil Rights Advocacy: MLK, Fr. Ted, and lawyering in the public interest

1130 Eck Hall of Law

Russell Lovell ’66 will share his journey from growing up in conservative western Nebraska to becoming president of the Young Republicans at Notre Dame, and later an NAACP civil rights lawyer, including the catalyst role his Notre Dame experience played in forging his civil rights/public service commitment.

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Friday,
January 20

The Call of Public Service: Civil Rights, Legal Advocacy, and the Racial Integration of the American Workplace

Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Russell Lovell '66, professor emeritus of law, Drake University, will reflect on forty years of legal advocacy to promote racial justice at the workplace.

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Higher Ground Artist: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (two esteemed alumni of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Complexions delivers exciting, genre-bending performances that transcend traditions and blur the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance.

African Drumming and Dance Celebration. For the third year, a few of our community’s leading artists will close the King Week tribute immediately following the performance by Complexions.

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Saturday,
January 21

Higher Ground Artist: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (two esteemed alumni of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Complexions delivers exciting, genre-bending performances that transcend traditions and blur the boundaries of ballet and contemporary dance.

African Drumming and Dance Celebration. For the third year, a few of our community’s leading artists will close the King Week tribute immediately following the performance by Complexions.

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Sunday,
January 22

Film: Moonlight

Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Presented by the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, "Moonlight" is the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

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Monday,
January 23

Classes canceled 11:30AM—1:30PM

Community-Building Lunches

North and South Dining Halls

Members of the Notre Dame community — students, faculty and staff — who are not able to attend the campus-wide luncheon at the Joyce Center are invited to gather with friends and colleagues for lunch in the campus dining halls to continue the day’s conversations. Lunch is complimentary from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a Notre Dame ID.  Please note that North Dining Hall will have limited seating due to construction.

MLK Celebration Luncheon

A Conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams, Walking the Walk: Saying Yes

Joyce Center, North Dome

The second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon, sponsored by the President’s Office and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, is an opportunity for campus-wide conversation. The luncheon program will feature remarks by Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and a conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams, Notre Dame alumna and trustee, with Luis Fraga, co-director, Institute for Latino Studies and professor of political science, as convener. Join students, faculty and staff at this free but ticketed event, as together we ask, "What's your next step?"

Additional free tickets are now available for the luncheon. Tickets can be picked up at the LaFortune Box Office from Friday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 22, while supplies last. Box Office hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. A Notre Dame ID is required for pickup.

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MLK and Civil Rights Movement Photography Exhibit

Snite Museum of Art

Explore photographs of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and critical moments of the civil rights movement. The photographs reflect the activists’ struggle, courage and hopefulness. Dr. King described this dynamic as having the faith "to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope" in his October 1963 speech given on the Notre Dame campus. Decades later these photographs continue to resonate with, in the words of Dr. King, "the challenges we face" in the ongoing pursuit of a more just society.

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Aisha Fukushima Talk

Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

The talk will be on the topic of RAPtivism — a project that explores the ways culture can contribute to efforts for universal freedom and justice. The RAPtivism hip-hop project is changing lives in 10 different countries and four continents. Aisha Fukishima has both a domestic and worldwide audience. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the Gender Relations Center, and Notre Dame Community Relations.

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Wednesday,
January 25

Annual MLK Unity Summit

Oak Room, South Dining Hall

This is a two-hour interactive program that promotes campus community and gives participants an opportunity to meet other staff, share their personal diversity-and-inclusion experiences as well as brainstorm ways to make Notre Dame more welcoming and inclusive for all. The program includes brief presentations from the University's employee resource groups (ERGs) and an opportunity to sign up for the groups you are interested in.

Facilitator: Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion

CSC Social Concerns Fair

Center for Social Concerns, Geddes Hall, Auditorium, Room B034 and B036

We all have important parts to play in realizing King's dream of more just communities and a more just country. This fair gives students a chance to see the various ways in which they can be involved in the local community while they are at Notre Dame.

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"Where Do We Go from Here?": Dr. King, the 2016 Elections and the Future of America

Oak Room, South Dining Hall

Panelists will share insights from Dr. King's speech, "Where Do We Go From Here," offer reflections and analyze voting trends from the 2016 election, and provide thoughts on the future. The program will also include a question-and-answer period.

Panelists: Timothy Matovina, co-director Institute for Latino Studies and professor of theology; Christina Wolbrecht, director, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and associate professor of political science

Co-chairs of the event: Dianne Pinderhughes, chair, Department of Africana Studies and professor of political science; Luis Fraga, co-director Institute for Latino Studies and professor of political science

Co-sponsors: Institute for Latino Studies and Department of Africana Studies

Event flyer (PNG, 213k)

Thursday,
January 26

Fireside Chat on Leadership and Innovation

Morris Inn — Hesburgh, Joyce, Carmichael Rooms

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Celeste Volz Ford, founder and CEO of Stellar Solutions and General Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students. Reception to follow. 

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Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading

McKenna Hall Auditorium, Notre Dame Conference Center

Poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine, joined by poet Solmaz Sharif, will deliver a reading. This event commemorates Notre Dame faculty member, poet and scholar Ernest Sandeen.

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Featured 2017 Media

Videos

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration & Walk the Walk Week

Video Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
MLK Day Commemoration and Walk the Walk Week

For the second consecutive year, the University is taking time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during Walk the Walk Week — which begins on Sunday, Jan. 22 — to both celebrate the diversity that currently exists on our campus and reflect on how might we each take an active role in making Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive.

Candles from Midnight Prayer Service

2017 Walk the Walk Candlelight Prayer Service

On January 16, the Notre Dame community gathered for a candlelight prayer service to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon 2017

2017 MLK Celebration Luncheon - Walking the Walk: Saying Yes

Judge Ann Claire Williams, Notre Dame alumna and trustee, shared some of her favorite MLK quotes and reflected on how the Civil Rights leader's ideals have been put to action in her life. About 3,000 students, faculty and staff attended the luncheon.

Reflections from members of the Notre Dame community

2017 Walk the Walk Week Reflections

Members of the Notre Dame community discuss what walking the walk means to them.

Photos

What’s Your Next Step?