Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Day of Service

Few people exemplify the art of “doing” as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. In his all too-short time here on Earth, he was able to enact lasting social change that will continue to impact generations of Americans of every race and nationality.

That legacy of doing is one we hope every student here at the David Eccles School of Business will emulate, both during their time on campus and once they go out into the world.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” King famously said. With that in mind, the University is celebrating his legacy with a week full of events and service.

March and Rally
Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m., East High School auditorium, 840 S. 1300 East
March to Kingsbury Hall at 3 p.m.

The 10th annual MLK Celebration March and Rally is one of the largest demonstrations on MLK day in Utah. The March and Rally is a way for youth, educators, businesses, organizations, religious groups and the greater community to come together and march for equality and unity. Each step marched between East High School and Kingsbury Hall is a reminder of the teachings and the impact of King and other civil rights activists.

Keynote Panel Discussion: “Toxic: A Conversation on Environmental Racism”
Jan. 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Court Room, Level 6, 383 S. University Street

Instances of environmental disasters, contaminants or limited access to resources disproportionately affecting marginalized communities of color are symptoms of racist practices and policies. To discuss national cases, Ivis Garcia-Zambrana, assistant professor of city and metropolitan planning, will moderate a discussion with invited guests: Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University; Tara Houska, tribal rights attorney and national campaign director for Honor the Earth; and Nayyirah Shariff, community political organizer in Flint, Michigan, and co-founder of the Flint Democracy Defense League.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session, where the audience will be able to submit questions to the panelists electronically. Parking will be available at the Stadium Parking Lot, across the street from the Law Building.

Campus and Community Panel Discussion: Environmental Racism in Utah
Jan. 19, 12-1 p.m., Building 73, Hinckley Institute of Politics, Room 110, 332 S. 1400 East

Franci Taylor, director of the American Indian Resource Center at the U, will facilitate a conversation on environmental racism in Utah. Panelists include Rebecca Hall, attorney and community activist; Carl Moore, co-founder of PANDOS (Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Support) and chair for SLC Air Protectors; Victor Puertas, community activist for Utah Tar-Sands Resistance; and Adrienne Cachelin, director for sustainability education and associate professor of environmental and sustainability studies.

A Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson
Jan. 23, 12-1 p.m., J. Willard Marriott Library, 1st floor Gould Auditorium

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Brown Girl Dreaming,” which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of New York Times bestselling novel “Another Brooklyn,” which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in 20 years. In 2015, Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.

For more information, contact Anne Jamison at anne.jamison@utah.edu or Lauren Liang at lauren.liang@utah.edu.

All events are free and open to the public.

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