Washington University recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration at Washington University in St. Louis will include a number of events on campus, all free and open to the public.


A program with the theme “Hope in Action” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Graham Chapel on the Danforth Campus.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton will give the opening remarks and Adrienne D. Davis, JD, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor in the School of Law, will be the faculty keynote speaker.

KTVI Fox 2 news anchor-reporter Kim Hudson is the program emcee.

The Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorious Service to the Community will be presented during the ceremony. The program will feature the Visions Gospel Choir, the Orchestrating Diversity urban youth orchestra and other student presentations. A reception in Danforth University Center will follow.

For more information, contact Committee Chair Harvey R. Fields Jr., PhD, at (314) 935-5965 or visit diversity.wustl.edu/mlk.

Also in remembrance of the slain civil rights leader, the Society of Black Student Social Workers and the Office of Student Affairs at the Brown School will host its annual Financial Freedom Seminar Saturday, Jan. 19. “Building the Foundation to Your Financial Legacy” takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Goldfarb Hall. More information is available here.

The School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity Programs will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center.


Guest speaker is David R. Williams, PhD, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and professor of African and African-American studies and sociology at Harvard University.

Williams is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist with a focus on social influences on health and was a key scientific adviser to the award-winning PBS film series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

For more information, call (314) 362-6854 or email Michelle Patterson at mpatterson@wustl.edu.