Center for Diversity and Inclusion

MLK Week

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites you to join us to further reflect and take action during Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Our 2021 theme this year is Find Your Voice : “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. We have a variety of events this year while also continuing and highlighting our 2nd Annual Activist in Residence program. This is an opportunity for a community activist or change maker to engage with Xavier students, faculty, and staff relating to the work they do in the surrounding community and also connecting their work to MLK’s activism and legacy. This year’s community activist is award winning James Hayes, Ohio Voice Co-Director. For more information, contact Rosalyn Collins. See below for upcoming events in celebration and action. 


Schedule of Events

MLK Common Ground Service in collaboration with the Center for Faith and Justice
Monday, 1/18; find time and Zoom information at:  
Join the CFJ and CDI for a worship service to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo Booth Reflections in collaboration with the Office of Student Involvement
Tuesday, 1/19 @ 12-4pm, GSC: First Floor
Join OSI & CDI by taking part in this interactive photo booth where you can reflect on our theme and how you are going to do your part to continue MLK’s work. 

Activist in Residence - Lunch & Learn Activism Workshop
Wednesday, 1/20 @ 12pm, 
Our Activist in Residence, James Hayes will lead a workshop with our faculty/staff/students. Bring your own lunch! Raffles for Black Owned Restaurants and Coffee shops!

Netflix Virtual Party collaboration with the Student Activities Council
Wednesday, 1/20 @ 7pm, check @xucdi on Instagram for Netflix Party link at 7pm
Join our Netflix party to watch See You Yesterday an award-winning sci-fi film reflecting representation, activism, and taking action. Raffle for a Movie Night Kit!

Activist in Residence - Student Leader Activism Cypher
Thursday, 1/21 @ 6:30pm,
Student leaders join James Hayes for an intimate chat. Hear his activist journey and experience with finding his activist voice. Raffle for Books on Anti-Racism!

What Now? Action Stations
Friday, 1/22 @ 1-3pm, GSC: CDI
Join the CDI and jumpstart your activism with our innovative action stations and get a free MLK week t-shirt.


MLK Week. Find Your Voice. January 18-22



Want to learn more about what MLK fought for? Read some of his most influential letters and speeches, and watch the entire "I Have a Dream" speech at the links below.

Letter from a Birmingham Jail – A Letter written in Birmingham, AL 1963 

A Knock at Midnight (text) – A Speech delivered in Cincinnati, OH 1963 

I Have a Dream (video and audio) - A Speech delivered in Washington, DC 1963