A Tribute to the Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King

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“A day on, not a day off”

Monday, January 18th, 2016

This Monday, we as a university, community, and nation will come together to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s civil rights giants, Dr. Martin Luther King. Classes are canceled and all academic offices will be closed, but think about taking a day on, not a day off.

Dr. King was one of our nation’s greatest leaders and left a legacy of compassion, service, and a thirst for progress. His memory is particularly near and dear to the heart of Boston, as he attended graduate school at Boston University, during which he lived in an apartment just a few blocks from the Northeastern campus. On the day we dedicate to his memory, we want to recall those qualities in an engaged and active. We know, three-day weekends are the bomb dot com and can *certainly* be used to catch up on sleep. But this extra day is more than just a vacation, it’s a memory of an incredible person whose message is still so relevant today.

For the next week, Northeastern along with many other Boston institutions will host events commemorating Dr. King and his leadership and service. Our keynote event, A Tribute to the Dream: Storytelling Through Music and Spoken Word will bring together some of Northeastern’s best talent in a jazz club atmosphere, a nod to Dr. King’s appreciation of jazz and blues music.

a tribute to the dream

One of Northeastern’s most awesome undertakings for the day will be the Day of Service, during which students will learn and serve across the city. While registration is now full, you can still sign up for Cambridge’s MLK Day of Service held in Central Cambridge Square from 2 to 5 pm on MLK Day.

Other day-of events include What Would You Sacrifice to Repair the World?, an interfaith dialogue about Dr. King’s work and sacrifices held in Hillel Hall at 2pm, as well as a screening of the film Selma at 7 pm in afterHOURS. Just across the street, the MFA will host its Community Arts Initiative Partner Spotlight as well as tours highlighting diversity in its collection, both to foster a sense of community inclusion through the arts. Admission will be free (we know, old news for huskies), so it’s a good time to bring family or friends from other schools!

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For a full list of events with more information, check out the brand new A Tribute to the Dream Northeastern website.



Making the Dream a Reality in Today’s Society

6 p.m., John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. Student voting drive, musical performances, and a speech by Boston NAACP president Michael Curry



Why Comix? Drawing the World You Want to See

9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Curry Student Center Ballroom. Symposium on politics, race, and identity in comics



Dr. King, the Orangeburg Massacre, and the Founding of the Institute

11:30 a.m., John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. Documentary screening, dialogue, and lunch



Northeastern’s MLK Day of Service

10 a.m.–2:45 p.m., beginning in Curry Student Center Ballroom. Community service projects and social justice workshops (FULL)

Cambridge’s MLK Day of Service

2–5 p.m., Cambridge City Hall, senior center, and YMCA. Community service projects with students from Northeastern’s Legacy Mentoring and Leadership Program

What Would You Sacrifice to Repair the World?

2 p.m., Hillel House, 70 St. Stephen Street, Boston. Students from diverse religious traditions reflect upon Dr. King’s work and sacrifices

Brookline’s Annual MLK Celebration

3:30 p.m., Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. Keynote by Northeastern law professor Susan Maze-Rothstein


7 p.m., afterHOURS. Film screening



A Tribute to the Dream: Storytelling Through Music and Spoken Word

3 p.m., Curry Student Center Ballroom. Speakers and performers from across the Northeastern community celebrate Dr. King’s legacy



Remembering Dr. King

11:30 a.m., John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. Professional development gathering for Northeastern staff of color

The Quest for Human Dignity

5:30 p.m., Social Justice Resource Center. Discussion of ideological similarities and tactical differences between the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements

The Interfaith Dream of Dr. King

6 p.m., 200 Ell Hall. Peace circle and discussion of interfaith cooperation, civil rights, and the pursuit of justice



Real Talk: We Have a Dream

3:30 p.m., Asian American Center. A conversation about the dreams and future of Northeastern’s Asian American community

Northeastern Reflects on How a Campus Can Be a Model Community

5 p.m., Curry Student Center Ballroom

A Civility Series panel discussion on shaping inclusive environments while fostering rigorous intellectual exchanges



The Life and Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2 p.m., Latino/a Student Cultural Center. A dialogue on the legacy of Dr. King


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