Dr. MLK Day 2020
LEARN, SERVE and CELEBRATE with your community


King in the Wilderness Movie Screening

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Warch Campus Center Cinema, Aimed at LU students, staff, and faculty.
King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the potential spectrum. Learn more about Dr. King and his legacy while enjoying some popcorn with friends. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Residence Halls Programming

Friday, January 17 @ 9:00 PM and Saturday, January 18 @ 9:00 PM, Residence Halls
Join the Service Community Advisors for educational events and free food right from your hall lounge.


Sunday, January 19, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Residence Halls
Get thinking about intersectionality and identities with Tie-Diversity. From race and gender, to socioeconomic status and national origin, join Diversity CAs as they gear up for Dr. MLK Day. No need to bring your own tie-dye gear; we got you! Stop by the main lounge of your residence hall, and be ready to talk about identity while creating your own colorful gear!

Campus Wide Teach-ins

Monday, January 20 (MLK day = no LU classes), Staggered presentations between 9:00 AM-Noon.
Aimed at LU students, staff, and faculty.
Join the community for a series of informal lectures or teach-ins focused on Dr. King's message of equal rights for all. REGISTRATION REQUIRED on GivePulse.

9-10 am:
Anti-Racism 101: Key Practices for White People in a Multicultural Community, Jenna Stone, (Colman Hall), INTRODUCTORY TOPIC
Jenna is a co-convener of the Anti-Racism White Affinity Group, a gathering of LU faculty and staff who identify as white and are engaged in personal and professional development to understand and challenge racism.

Advancing Racial Equity in Programming, Adriana McCleer, (Plantz Hall)
Adriana is the Community Partnerships Supervisor at Appleton Public Library, where Adriana oversees programs, community engagement, outreach, and partnerships related to teens and adults.

10-11 am:
Creativity at the Heart of Inclusive Community, Leila Pertl, (Esch Hurvis, Warch)
Leila teaches music education at Lawrence University, is the WMEA State Chair for Improvisation and Composition, and the Music Education Curator for Mile of Music.

Black + Trans: Intersectional Violence, Helen Boyd Kramer, (Diversity and Intercultural Center)
Helen is a lecturer in Gender Studies at Lawrence University and author of My Husband Betty and She’s Not the Man I Married, books chronicling contemporary crossdressing culture, relational gender, and Helen's own marriage to a trans woman.

Anti-Racist Strategies and Solutions, Jesus Smith (Sankofa House)
Jesus is a Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies. Jesus received his PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2017 under the supervision of Joe Feagin. Jesus' work focuses on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality and their impacts on health. Jesus' book Home and Community for Queer Men of Color: The Intersections of Race and Sexuality will be released on December 15, 2019 through Lexington Books!

Stigma & Disparity within Mental Health Treatment, Krystal Light, (Trever Hall)
Krystal is a Staff Counselor at Lawrence University and is dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness and instilling hope in clients that can encourage positive life changes and promote healing.

Off-Campus Service

Monday, January 20 (MLK day = no LU classes), Starts at 12:45 pm, Meet at Somerset, Warch Campus Center.
Aimed at LU students, staff, and faculty.
After learning about struggles that face our community, it is time to give back. Join one of our several non-profit partners to serve the community. Various off-campus opportunities starting at 12:45 PM (Boys and Girls Club starts at 11:30 am). REGISTRATION REQUIRED on GivePulse by 8 AM Jan. 17.

Lawrence volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with the young members of the Boys and Girls Club of Menasha and Appleton by facilitating a discussion about Dr. King’s messaging around love, community, and kindness through literature. Lawrence volunteers and Boys and Girls club members will then create a community art project that honors and represents this theme. We hope to ignite volunteer’s passion for access to education and child and arts advocacy during our time at the Boys and Girls Club. This event is supported by LARY buddies, VITAL volunteers, and Little Vikes.

Feeding America is a food bank that works with a network of hunger relief partners to distribute more than 18.3 million meals a year to 377,000 people in eastern Wisconsin through volunteer support. Volunteers will be participating in a packaging, labeling, sorting, or cleaning projects. Please note this volunteer activity takes place in a warehouse facility. This event is supported by LU Food Recovery Network.

Besides helping with special projects, dishwashing, and laundry, volunteers will have the opportunity to work/play with animals of their choice! This may include socializing cats, walking dogs, etc. Come hang out with adorable animals while making a difference! This event is supported by People for Animal Welfare.

Volunteer projects on this day will include land management tasks, hoop-house winterization, or work in the newly constructed greenhouse. Riverview Gardens transformed a 72-acre golf course and related country club to a community space and urban farm that provides "on the job" training to people with barriers to stable employment.This event is supported by SLUG.

Spread random acts of kindness by volunteering with elders at Brewster Village! Lawrence volunteers and Brewster Villagers will work together to make gifts of appreciation for others. Gifts may include door decorations, homemade flowers, and letters of kindness. This event is supported by BIR.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 29th Celebration

6:30 – 7:45 pm, Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Aimed at LU students, staff, and faculty and our Fox Cities community.
Dr. Balto, professor of African American history at the University of Iowa, will be the keynote speaker. Musical performances and an award ceremony will follow. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


All Dr. MLK Day events at Lawrence University are due to the generous support of the Dr. MLK Day planning committee, Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, LU's Committee on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE), LU's Diversity and Intercultural Center, LU's Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (CCE), several faculty, student organizations and our amazing community partners.