Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016

Join the campus community for “Standing Up to Racism: The Urgency for Change,” a full week of activities in celebration of the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, January 25, 6 p.m. FILM & DISCUSSION featuring "Fruitvale Station"

DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion

Tuesday, January 26, 3:30 p.m.  MEMORIAL MARCH

Meet outside Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Students and faculty will join in a Memorial March around campus to raise awareness about the history of social justice and activism at Fairfield.

Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m. CONVOCATION & VISION AWARDS

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Claudia Rankine

Poet Claudia Rankine is author of Citizen: An American Lyric, which won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. She is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Presentations of this year’s Vision Awards to three members of the University community will be made at the Convocation. View a list of previous Vision Awards winners.

Winners of the essay contest for middle-schoolers, which they wrote in response to the questions “What do Dreams and Hope mean to you? How do you put your dreams and hopes for justice and equality into action?”, will also be recognized. (The contest is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Post.)

The Convocation will be preceded by a reception and special performance by the Glee Club’s a capella groups Sweet Harmony and the Bensonians.

Thursday, January 28, 4 p.m. PERFORMING FOR CHANGE

Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Friday, January 29, 10 a.m. YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The University will host more than 100 eighth-graders in the Youth Leadership Academy, where they will learn leadership skills, including conflict resolution, anti-bullying techniques, and more.

Friday, January 29, 6 p.m. POETRY FOR PEACE

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

For the eighth seventh year, Poetry for Peace brings elementary school students from Bridgeport schools to campus to read their award-winning poetry.

For more information, contact:

Wylie Smith Blake
Campus Ministry
(203) 254-4000 ext. 3733

Kris Sealey
Associate Professor of Philosophy
(203) 254-4000, ext. 302