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Power to the People

A two-day Commemoration to Honor the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2018 Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is engrained in the identity of Syracuse University and continues on Sunday, April 15, and Monday, April 16. Events of the two-day commemoration aim to engage the campus community in moving forward the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Rights Movement at Syracuse University. (click here to download flyer)

Day 1: Sunday, April 15

6-7 p.m. | Free SoulTalk Dinner | Noble Room | Hendricks Chapel

Come to the Noble Room in Hendricks Chapel for a free dinner and casual small-group conversations about the legacy and influence of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Rights Movement. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.

7-8 p.m. | Hendricks Chapel Dean’s Convocation: Syracuse University at the Crossroads | Main Chapel | Hendricks Chapel

All are invited for the Dean’s Convocation, a weekly gathering at 7 p.m. on Sundays in Hendricks Chapel, intended to be a place for all people, featuring music and reflection from a diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives. Join Dr. Herb Ruffin, Dr. Biko Mandela Gray, and Sadia Ahmed ’21 for a conversation about moving forward the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Rights Movement at Syracuse University. ASL interpretation will be provided.

8-8:30 p.m. | Candlelight Vigil | Hendricks Chapel Steps

Come to the steps of Hendricks Chapel to honor the legacy of the Freedom Rights Movement and show solidarity as we work toward a more just world. Dr. Keith Alford, Terra Peckskamp and Jalen Nash ’20 will share brief reflections. ASL interpretation will be provided.


Day 2: Monday, April 16

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. | MLK Library Tours and Displays | 231 Sims Hall

Visit the MLK Library on Monday, April 16 to explore the library and offerings within it, including a letter from Dr. King. MLK’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech will play throughout the day, along with other speeches available to access, with a space of reflection for visitors. Timelines of the Civil Rights Movement and MLK’s work will be available for visitors to have.

Sponsored by the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience (ESE) Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, Hendricks Chapel, School of Social Work, Department of African American Studies, University Council on Diversity and Inclusion, SU Libraries, Residence Hall Association, ESE Student Advisory Council