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Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration 2019

The theme for George Mason University’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration is Dreams and Nightmares: We Cannot Rest. This theme embodies the significance of Dr. King’s Dream for justice and equality for all, but implores that we cannot stop there! The fight for equity, social justice, and the abolishment of systemic oppressions is still on! “We Cannot Rest” is a derivative of a quote from civil rights activist and pioneer, Ella Baker. Her famous quote, “Until the killing of Black Men, Black Mother’s sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in Freedom cannot rest until this happens” was laid to music and is widely known as “Ella’s Song.”


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration 2019 Calendar


"Rhymes Like This"

Monday, January 2811:00am – 2:00pm
This event will be a unique and innovative opportunity to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speeches and other key addresses from the Civil Rights Movement like you have heard them before. This event will combine the power of oration and be captivating energy of music to kick off the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration.

Dreams and Nightmares Town Hall

Tuesday, January 295:00 – 7:00pm
Please join ODIME + LGBTQ Resources as we guide the campus in a courageous conversation on the dream and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the context of current cultural and political climate. Are we are living the dream for surviving the nightmare? Let your voice be heard!

Evening of Reflection

Wednesday, January 306:00 – 8:30pm
The 2019 Evening of Reflection will feature a multi-generational panel discussion comprised of Women involved in the Civil Rights Movement and the movements for social justice that exist today. Additionally, we will be honoring and awarding students, faculty, and staff that will hold the legacy of Dr. King and demonstrate a passion for service and advocacy. Please get your tickets by following this link:

 Partner Events

The Rose that Grew From Concrete: Social Action Through the Decades

Wednesday, January 1 12:00 – 1:30pm
Johnson Center, Room B
Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) will be engaging in a roundtable discussion and workshop around social movements in the context of the civil rights movement to today. Collective action and social change requires community and collaboration but in a time of political tension and heavy self-interest, how do we get others to act? This event celebrates the collective actions of young people who have and continue to take risks in the fight to be heard. It is for activists, artists, and thinkers who wish to better understand and participate in social change. Join us for an engaging discussion as we examine social movements through the decades. Food will be provided or feel free to bring your own!