Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2015

Join the campus community for “Dare to Dream,” a full week of activities in celebration of the life and influence of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events:

RESCHEDULED: Monday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. MOVIE NIGHT featuring “The Loving Story”

DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

This documentary film from 2012 tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case that changed history— Loving v. Virginia.

Following the movie, there will be a discussion with these panelists:

  • Dr. Rachelle Brunn, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Cecelia Bucki, Professor of History
  • Nicole Davidow ’15
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hohl, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
  • Sydney Johnson, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
  • Dr. Maggie Labinski, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

This event is funded in part through a grant from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History program “Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.”


Meet outside on plaza between Canisius and Donnarumma

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


Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Dr. Clarence B. Jones: "The 21st Century Challenge of the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr."

From Dr. King's beautifully illustrated philosophies in his 1963 Letter From A Birmingham Jail to the powerful "I Have A Dream" speech, Jones finds that 50 years later the same challenges of racial segregation and unfair treatment are still posed for civil society today.

clarencejonesDr. Clarence B. Jones, the 2015 Convocation speaker, is the first Diversity Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University.

In a distinguished and heralded career, Dr. Jones has served as political advisor, counsel, and draft speechwriter for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He joined Sanford I. Weill and Arthur Levitt, Jr. in Carter, Berlind & Weill, Inc. as an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the first African-American partner in a Wall Street investment banking firm. Twice recognized as Fortune’s "Business Man of the Month," Dr. Jones founded successful financial, corporate, and media-related ventures. He has also provided strategic legal and financial consulting services to several governments around the world, including those in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Zambia.

Presentations of this year’s Vision Awards to three members of the University community will be made at the Convocation. This year’s recipients are: Nicole Davidow ’15; Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka, associate professor of politics; and Will Johnson, associate dean of students. Larri Mazon, former director of Institutional Diversity Initiatives, will receive the Rev. John LaFarge, S.J. Award.

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 29, 4 p.m. DAY OF SERVICE

Quick Center RecPlex and Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Fairfield student-athletes will host activities in the RecPlex with 60 middle-school students from Bridgeport schools, followed by interactive time with the University groups Performing For Change and Common Ground. Visiting students will have dinner on campus and then attend the Stags women’s basketball game that evening.


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 30, 6 p.m. POETRY FOR PEACE

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

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

For more information, contact:

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

Kris Sealey
Associate Professor of Philosophy
(203) 254-4000, ext. 3020