Jan. 21-27: Martin Luther King Jr. Week Commemorates the ‘Facing Change’

Bucknell University’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Week will feature five prominent scholars who will recall Dr. King’s legacy while discussing the “Facing Change” theme during a week-long series of public events Jan. 21-27.

The series will begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, with a 12 noon lunch conversation led by Richard Boddie, a Bucknell alumnus, titled “The 1958 Visit of Martin Luther King Jr. to Bucknell: Impressions and Influences” in Walls Lounge, Elaine Langone Center (ELC).

On the evening of Jan. 21, Jason Sokol, the Arthur K. Whitcomb Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, will deliver a 7 p.m. lecture titled “The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.” in the ELC Forum.

Patrisia Macias-Rojas, professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, will give an evening lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Her lecture is titled “From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America,” and will take place at 7 p.m. in the ELC Forum.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Nicholas Villanueva, director of critical sports studies and lecturer of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will speak about “Lynching of Americans in the Texas Borderlands” at 7 p.m. in the ELC Forum.

Ibram Kendi, professor of history and international relations at American University, will conduct both a book discussion and evening lecture on Thursday, Jan. 24. The book discussion will be held at 4 p.m. in the ELC’s Walls Lounge, and the lecture, titled “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the ELC Forum.

MLK Week events will conclude with the fifth annual Interfaith Service for Peace and Justice on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. in Rooke Chapel. It will consist of readings, reflections and music representing a variety of religious traditions.

All events are free, although RSVP is required for both luncheon discussions to griot@bucknell.edu.

In support of Dr. King’s emphasis on service, organizers have established a charitable gift drive to benefit individuals and families in Bucknell’s local area. Campus drop-off locations include the ELC Cap Center and the evening lectures.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week is presented by the President’s Diversity Council.

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