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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

Today we take the time to remember Martin Luther King Jr. who fought to change civil rights in American history. Photo courtesy of 

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Martin Luther King Jr. served as an important icon of the American civil rights movement. He fought nonviolently for racial equality up until his assassination in 1968. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation to create a holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday of January. This falls near MLK’s birthday on January 15th. As of 2000, all 50 states observe the holiday that honors Dr. King’s fight for justice and equality.

There are many opportunities at Dartmouth College to celebrate MLK Day. Today there will be a Keynote Performance with Rev. Osagyefo Sekou with remarks by President Phil Hanlon '77 and Selome Ejigu ’17 at 7pm in Moore Theater. The 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil Procession will also take place today at 5pm in Cutter-Shabazz Hall. Click here to see a full listing of events.

Please join us for the MLK Jr. Celebration Lecture “Faith, Race & Justice in America: From Obama to Trump” by Joshua DuBois on Monday, January 23 at 5pm in Room 003 at the Rockefeller Center. Dubois is the CEO of Values Partnerships and former director of President Obama's White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Click here more information

-Written by Bethany Malzman '19, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications


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