Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Author, educator and activist Angela Davis and hip-hop artist Nas visit Lehigh in celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. The conversation will also focus on current civil rights challenges, especially the criminal justice system. Their visit headlines the revamped, year-long focus on social justice led by Lehigh’s MLK planning committee, and will be moderated by James Peterson, director of Africana Studies and professor of English. Read full story.
MLK planners aim for year-long attention on social justice
Lehigh’s annual week-long celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been upgraded to a year of active reflection and conversation about the causes for which the late civil rights leader gave his life.
In previous years, groups of staff, faculty and students planned a series of events in mid-January to honor King. The week-long celebration of events has included prominent speakers, an inter-faith breakfast, a convocation on campus, and programs with schools and community groups.
This year’s planning committee, under the direction of Tyrone Russell, director of multicultural affairs, and Lloyd Steffen, professor of religion studies and university chaplain, is aiming to engage the university community throughout the academic year.
“It’s not just a celebration for a week,” Russell says. “It’s more effective to institutionalize these beliefs across our campus in different forums and in ongoing conversation. We want to look at all ways to engage—across the campus and with local groups—and we want to find ways to look at what’s happening at the national level and promote discourse surrounding how those issues are relevant to our campus community.”
In addition to bringing in speakers, the committee will utilize expertise of faculty and others to “lead in sharing information, in drawing on different viewpoints, and encouraging examination of issues that impact all of us.”
The MLK committee will support and lead efforts that encourage a more inclusive and respectful campus environment.