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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: MLK Day 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - 1/18/2021

Call to Action

We would like to challenge faculty, staff, students, and alumni to engage by reading one article, watching one video, and listening to one podcast from this list in preparation for MLK Day and to continue to engage in learning throughout the year. The only way to truly honor Dr. King’s legacy is to continue the work he started. You are invited to use the hashtag #SalemResponds to discuss on social media how we can each respond to King's calls for justice

Martin Luther King, Jr.

granite relief of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born Michael King, Jr., on January 15, 1929, was a scholar and minister who led the civil rights movement from 1955 to 1968. During his 13-year tenure, significant advances were made to achieve racial equity for African Americans including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

While considered a radical during his lifetime, after his assassination, he was memorialized by Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MLK Day Virtual Events

JANUARY 15-18, 2021
MLK Day Virtual Celebration from Gantt Center

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021 | 3 p.m. (EST)
Sweet Honey In The Rock: MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m. (EST)
King Center 2021 King Holiday Observance

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2021 | 12:30–12:45 p.m. (EST)
Salem Chaplain’s Office: Words of Remembrance and Reflection
Check Salem email for Zoom link

For other MLK celebrations and event visit The Chronicle:


Thank you to Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Salem's Inclusion Strategist, for the list of resources used to make this guide.