Xavier holds a weeklong celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement

Keynote presentation by Carl Westmoreland from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center | January 10, 2012

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 15, the University is recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement with a series of daily events including on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16, when the University is officially closed. A keynote address by Carl Westmoreland, senior advisor for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, highlights the weeklong celebration with a focus on civil injustices today.

Sponsors include Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Faith and Justice, the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, Alpha Phi Alpha, the Xavier Women’s Center, Student Life and Leadership, the Black Student Association, the Student Government Association and the departments of history and psychology.

The week begins with a Mass in Bellarmine Chapel on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. reflecting on King’s mission. Throughout the week, numerous events take place to promote dialogue about diversity and civil liberties including:

Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Cincinnati MLK Walk—Students can register with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Faith and Justice, Office of Interfaith Community Engagement and the Office of Student Involvement. Buses depart from Buenger Circle at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 17
  • Breaking the Silence: Wall of Expression, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Gallagher Student Center atrium—Build a wall to address and diffuse the multitude of civil injustices today.
  • Breaking the Silence: Discussing the Wall, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Gallagher Student Center, Room 330—Participate in a dialogue about injustice, discrimination and civil liberties.
  • What is Your Journey: Intergroup Dialogue, featuring Carl Westmoreland, 7:00 p.m., Cintas Center—This program includes a keynote address and reflection to help students define how they can address civil injustices today.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
  • Coffee Hour, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Gallagher Student Center, 2nd floor
  • Movie: “Freedom Riders,” 7:00 p.m., Conaton Learning Center, Kennedy Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 20
  • Cultural Arts Program, 7:00 p.m., Conaton Learning Center, Kennedy Auditorium—Celebrate the life and legacy of King through spoken work, musical performances and dance.

Events are free and open to the public. Learn more by calling 513-745-3182.