Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed this year on Monday, January 19. The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development within the University’s Office of Student Affairs is holding a series of events from Friday, January 16 to Friday, January 23 to mark the occasion and the legacy of this remarkable man who had a vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated as a national holiday on January 20, 1986. It was signed into law as a Day of Service 21 years ago by President Clinton from a bill initiated by Pennsylvania’s own U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, along with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis.
The Pitt celebration is called “Becoming a Just Community” and it honors Dr. King’s lifelong commitment to social justice by encouraging the Pitt community to turn awareness into action. It includes student participation in the National Day of Action, in addition to a march for justice, a candlelight vigil, lectures and more.
You can see the full event listing below (click here for a .PDF file of the poster).