Contains an abstract illustration of MLK and the text "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. - Dr. Martin Luther King"

Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthdate has been a tradition at the University of Iowa since 1969, and the national holiday has been observed through human rights programs since its inception in 1986.

In 1990 the University initiated the Human Rights convocation program. Afternoon classes were canceled to encourage student, faculty, and staff participation in programs that encourage dialogue about diversity and reinforce the principle that the University is a forum for the free exchange of ideas. The convocation has been an opportunity for serious thinking by all of us about issues of social justice, human rights, and world peace.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Summit

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Calling all young people committed to social justice! Learn about the many faces of activism by participating in the Dr Martin Luther King Youth Summit on Saturday, January 15th from 2-5pm. Young people will learn how to apply their strengths toward various types of activism including: Community Organizing, Arts and Music, and Advocacy in the Schools. This workshop is free and open to all junior high and high school students. *Only 30 spots available, sign up today using the link below! After...
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STEM Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, February 25, 2022 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Seamans Center
This year's annual STEM Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Friday, January 28th.  Our special guest this year will be Tracy Jon Sargeant of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, which is: "a non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community by providing access to education and economic support to promote a multicultural society where diversity is recognized as a strength and the underrepresented have the support of a community that...