Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthdate has been a tradition at the University of Iowa since 1969, and the national holiday has been observed through human rights programs since its inception in 1986. In 1990 the University initiated the Human Rights convocation program. Afternoon classes were canceled to encourage student, faculty, and staff participation in programs that encourage dialogue about diversity and reinforce the principle that the University is a forum for the free exchange of ideas. The convocation has been an opportunity for serious thinking by all of us about issues of social justice, human rights, and world peace.
An official University holiday was designated in 1995 to provide an opportunity to engage the University community in a discussion of the human values that the King holiday epitomizes. These initial events have grown into a campus-wide celebration that engages faculty, staff, students and community members to give lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations.
Join other UI students, faculty, and staff, and Iowa City community members for a Day of Service in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020. Sign up and learn more at mlk.uiowa.edu
Registration for this event will officially open in early fall. If you are interested in participating, joining the planning committee, or supporting the event in another way, you can fill out an interest form using THIS LINK and someone will contact you with further information.