UA to Expand its MLK Celebration

  • January 14th, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama is gearing up to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day like never before.

For years, the University has celebrated King’s legacy through the Realizing the Dream concert and community events, but now it’s expanding the celebration with the addition of more learning and engagement opportunities on the campus.

The University of Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee, a universitywide committee of faculty, staff and students, was established with the goal of creating more learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and an increased emphasis on giving back.

The committee chose “The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Day On – Not a Day Off!” as their theme, focusing on the importance of seeing the actual holiday, Jan. 21, as a time of service to give back to the community.

“Dean Mark Nelson, the committee co-chair, and the other 15 faculty, staff and student committee members felt strongly that it was important to place emphasis on service and learning,” said Dr. G. Christine Taylor, vice president and associate provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and co-chair.

“One of Dr. King’s quotes that has guided our work on the committee is ‘Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ There are service opportunities coordinated through The University of Alabama Center for Service and Leadership,” Taylor said. “Others may choose to work with family or friends on projects such as cards for those who are sick, collecting items for food pantries, collecting coats … the list goes on. No matter what you do, make this day a day on and not a day off.”

In addition to campus’ focus on service on the actual day, the committee has coordinated additional opportunities concluding Jan. 31 with Meet You at the Table, an evening of celebration, reflection and sharing through word, dance and song on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Open to the public, the evening’s special guest will be the Rev. Thomas Linton, a leader in the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Movement. Refreshments will be provided. The event begins at 6 p.m., and registration is required at

To see the full list of events, and indications of those requiring pre-registration or advanced tickets, go here.


Jamon Smith, UA communications,, 205-348-4956

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