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2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Theme:

"And Justice For All?"

On Monday, January 20th, 1986, the United States observed the first national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also the day that Eastern Michigan University hosted its first MLK President’s Luncheon under the leadership of the late President John W. Porter. As we prepare to commemorate the 30th anniversary of this auspicious celebration, we do so with a keen awareness of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the knowledge that 2016 is also an election year.  The combined significance of these important occasions allows us to address various social justice issues in a manner that is both relevant and timely to our students, campus and local community.

Each year, our Planning Committee of students, faculty and staff follow an arduous process to decide upon our theme. Like last year, we chose to challenge many widely held misconceptions about equity, fairness and opportunity for all in America. Our Pledge of Allegiance ends with, “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Despite this decree of impartiality and unbiased treatment, we have seen so many times that true justice across all races, gender identities and socio-economic statuses in our country does not exist. This year’s theme underscores the need for us to question the validity of this statement and to address social injustices in an honest and thought-provoking way.  

The movement for civil rights and social justice is far from over. It is our hope that this year’s events and discussions will encourage and galvanize each of us to take action for change.  In honor of the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, several of our programs will focus on our right to vote and efforts to suppress that right nationally. Please join us as we explore, inform and inspire the entire EMU and wider community to engage in meaningful action as we strive to foster a more ideal and just society for all.

*The MLK Planning Committee would like to especially thank Interim President and Provost Kim Schatzel, Student Government, the Office of Government and Community Relations, Graduate School and College of Education for their financial support which enables us to make tickets more affordable for all who wish to attend.*

If you have questions about any of our MLK Celebration events, please contact one of the 2015 Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

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