Martin Luther King Jr. Week Programming Announced

News Image Muhlenberg College will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with #BlackLivesMatter: A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues), a week of interactive, interdisciplinary programming that runs from January 18 - 24.

 Friday, January 9, 2015 01:46 PM

Events range from film-screenings and art exhibits to panels and lectures to open discussions about race and local issues.  A full schedule of events is listed below.

The celebration is sponsored by: the Africana Studies Program, the Black Student Association, the Center for Ethics, the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, the Film Studies Program, Healthy Youth Peer Education (HYPE) program, the Media and Communication Department, Muhlenberg College Hillel, the Office of the Chaplain, the Office of Community Engagement, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Multicultural Life, the Student Activities Office and the Social Justice Collaborative.

All events listed below are free and open to the public.


Schedule of Events  

Change Tactics

An exhibit depicting various actions used to create change

Sunday, January 18 – Saturday, January 24

Seegers Union

MLK Celebration                

Keynote speaker Desiree Sedehi '08, creator of the Sedehi Diversity Project

Sunday, January 18

Seegers Union Event Space, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Chapel Service

The Rev. Karen Green, dean of students, will preach; music led by Bryson Jones, Union Baptist Church, Allentown, Pa.

Sunday, January 18

 Egner Memorial Chapel, 5:30 p.m.

*For more information, contact College Chaplain Callista Isabelle (


Chapel Dinner

Informal dinner to continue the conversation of the day

Sunday, January 18

Hoffman House, 6:45 p.m.


Screening of Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning film "Fruitvale Station," followed by brief talkback

Monday, January 19

Trumbower 130, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments served

*For a synopsis of the film, visit


Screening of Healthy Youth Peer Education (HYPE) short film "Still Seeking Justice"

Panel discussion with HYPE participants, community members, faculty and staff to follow

Tuesday, January 20

Seegers Union Event Space, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Panel discussion hosted by the Social Justice Collaborative

Wednesday, January 21

Seegers Union Event Space, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Keynote Talk with Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian filmmaker, writer, international lecturer and activist.

Thursday, January 22

Seegers Union Event Space, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

*For more information, visit Simmons' website


Hillel Shabbat

Shabbat dinner and Turn the Tables discussion in honor of the legacy of Dr. King

Friday, January 23

Hillel House

Shabbat services – 5:00 p.m.; Shabbat dinner – 6:00 p.m.

*For more information, contact Rabbi Melissa Simon (


Gospel Weekend

Edward "Chief" Menifee, musician at Morehouse College Chapel in Atlanta, leads a workshop with Rejoice! Gospel Choir.  Guests are welcome to participate in the rehearsals and be part of the concert, or are welcome to simply attend the performance.

Egner Memorial Chapel

Rehearsal – Friday, January 23, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (includes break for dinner) and Saturday, January 24, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Performance – Saturday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.

*For more information , contact Chaplain Callista Isabelle (