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.”
"Rhymes Like This"
Monday, January 28⋅11:00am – 2:00pm
East Plaza, Fairfax Campus
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 29⋅5:00 – 7:00pm
Research Hall 163
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 30⋅6:00 – 8:30pm
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
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:
The Rose that Grew From Concrete: Social Action Through the Decades
Wednesday, January 1 12:00 – 1:30pm
Johnson Center, Room B