King Week 2021

Picture of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking to a crowd

King Week at Emory University is a series of programs offered each January by various Emory units to honor the work of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Activities include lectures, panel discussions, worship services and meditations, community-service projects, and exhibits.

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King Week 2021 Interfaith Event: "Healing the Soul of the Nation" with The Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Friday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. EST

AME minister, interfaith leader, and founder of the Faith Matters Network (a Womanist-led organization equipping faith leaders and organizers), Rev. Jen will speak in a week marked both by remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement and the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.

Biden and Harris have spoken about "Healing the Soul of the Nation." How might we do that? How might we heal ourselves as healers? And how do we promote the public health in a time of pandemic COVID, racism, antisemitism, and many forms of discrimination and inequality?

Rev. Jen will offer remarks and engage in conversation with OSRL's Dean of Religious Life Greg McGonigle and Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture 2021: Legacy and Responsibility with Maggie Anderson, JD, MBA, 89C

Lecture Title: "Economic Unity - Our Peaceful and Powerful Protest"

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Eastern

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Emory MLK Community Service Awards 2021

Friday, January 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern

For over 20 years, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School have honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards Program. This celebration grew out of a 1993 conversation between Dr. Joyce Essien and then Dean of the School of Public Health, Ray Greenburg, where they agreed that it was time to align the mission and values of Public Health with the precepts of social justice. Since 2020, RSPH and Goizueta have partnered with the School of Medicine in this celebratory event. With support from James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, Karen Sedatole, Interim Dean of the Goizueta Business School, Vikas Sukhatme, Dean of the School of Medicine and as well as with the diligent work of faculty, staff, and students, this program has grown to be a major event on the calendar of King Week activities held at Emory. Our program is the only event that has consistently recognized and celebrated people and organizations in greater Atlanta whose work exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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