2021 MLK Day Rally and Community Conversation

2021 MLK Day Rally and Community Conversation

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The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is excited to begin the new year and the start of the Spring 2021 semester with events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From the first federal MLK observance in 1986 until today, “a day on, not a day off” remains the guiding message of the holiday.

The theme for Westminster's 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week is “Critical Love: How to Reimagine Our Community Today”. In light of intensified civil and social unrest exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, this theme seeks to provoke deep self-reflection of how one considers the lived experiences of others, how those differences impact others’ well-being, and how one can contribute to tangible social change.

Due to increasing concerns about community safety from recent incidents and threats of political uprisings leading up to the inauguration of the new US presidential administration, this year’s in-person MLK rally and march in the Sugar House neighborhood will be replaced with a virtual rally followed by a community conversation about Dr. King's work and legacy in relation to today's sociopolitical climate.