U-M to host Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium

November 23, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Since 1986, U-M has hosted the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, one of the nation’s largest celebrations of King’s life and work.

The symposium traditionally hosts over 40 events across campus, which pay homage and promote the continuation of social justice reform by Dr. King and numerous others.

The theme for the 2021 Symposium is Where Do We Go From Here. The theme is derived from King’s last book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. In this publication, King provides an acute analysis of race relations, civil rights successes and challenges, and dreams of a beloved community for America’s future.

In 2020, the nation was met with a pandemic that has fundamentally reshaped the way we live, work and thus, connect. Social unrest and an election also reflected the deep fissures that divide the nation. As a result, this is the time to ask and work deeply to answer — where we go from here.

The keynote memorial lecture for the symposium will be held virtually on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at 10 a.m.

Additionally, The MLK Symposium Planning Committee is currently accepting vibrant and impactful proposals from university community members for inclusion in this year’s keynote memorial lecture, OAMI website and/or promotional materials. The vivid and timely submissions for consideration may be in the form of poetry, prose or visual art of any style. To learn more, visit myumi.ch/dOPbX.

The keynote speaker will be announced in the coming weeks. The lecture is coordinated by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The keynote lecture is co-sponsored by the Ross School of Business with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund.

Please contact MLKsymposiuminfo@umich.edu with any questions.