Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Commemorative Week of Human Rights and Social Justice

The Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Commemorative Week of Human Rights and Social Justice features collaborative programs with Agnes Scott organizations and departments. This week-long series of programs and events commemorates the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and continues the dialogue around social justice and community change.

This annual event coincides with the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, 1929, with a day committed to civic engagement and service through Agnes Scott’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.


Past Programs Include

2020:  King Commemorative Week

  • MLK Brunch with Pinky Promise
  • King Day of Leadership and Service
  • Anti-Defamation League – No Place for Hate Summit
  • MLK Community Luncheon and Celebration of Action with the Coalition of Student Multicultural Organizations
  • Remembering MLK Gallery Exhibition in McCain Library with Black Power Book Club
  • Film screening: Real Value
  • Soup and Substance: A Courageous Conversation about “Who is My Neighbor?”

2019: Youth Activism:  Reflecting Back and Moving Forward

  • Keynote Address: "Bastions of Hope" with youth activist Mary-Pat Hector
  • Faith Service in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In Focus: Race and Culture
  • I Too, Dream: an interactive visioning and craft-making event             
  • Servant Leadership Training
  • Dialogue on the Racialization of Religion
  • Day of Leadership and Service
  • SCOOT Film Series: Dolores
  • Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School
  • APEX Museum field trip

2018: Reclaiming the Beloved Community: Defiance in the Face of 21st Century Bigotry

  • A Christian Service in Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Heather Lindsey, Founder of the Pinky Promise Movement
  • #DefendTPS: An Informational Session on Temporary Protected Status and How to Advocate
  • My Story is a Freedom Song Within My Soul: The Activist Playlist for 2018
  • Inclusive Excellence Residency with Dr. Damon Williams, Author of Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education
  • Lunch and Learn: "I Am Not a Ceremonial Symbol, I'm an Activist": Coretta Scott King and the Fight for LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • "Shaping the Dream: Inclusive Excellence and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
  • InFocus: They Don't Want Us to Win: Bias, Prejudice, and Collusion Through the Lens of White Supremacy
  • SCOOT Film Series: A Trek to the River's Edge
  • "Native Lands: Indians and Georgia": A Trip to the Atlanta History Center

2017: They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn't Know We Were Seeds

  • Dismantling the Modern Slave Trade: Abolishing Human Trafficking Once and For All
  • Existence as Resistance: A Healing and Resilience Circle
  • #WhyIMarch: Engaging with the Women's March
  • “They Tried to Bury Us. They Didn't Know We Were Seeds”: An Alumnae Panel
  • Scotties at the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women
  • Mass Criminalization and the Prison Industrial Complex: A Film Screening of 13th
  • InFocus: Coretta and Cardi B- Politics of Respectability and Womanhood
  • #WaterisLife: A Campaign for Clean Water and Human Rights
  • Why Bernie Didn’t Make It: Neoliberalism and the Failure of American Politics
    with Dr. Adolph Reed
  • Atlanta Outings: Hidden Figures Film Showing
  • Let Freedom Ring: A Christian Service in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. with Dr. Richard C. Flippin

2016: We, Too, Sing America: Millennial Voices in an Ages of Unrest

  • Boycotts, Protests, and Hashtags: Life as a Black Lives Matter Activist in the Age of Social Media featuring Shaun King
  •  The New Civil Rights Movement: Defending the Dream- A Panel Discussion and Dialogue with Shaun King
  • Radical Citizenship: Civil Disobedience 101, featuring Che Long-Johnson, Georgia Women’s Action for New Direction
  • Remembering the Movement: Civil Rights History Tour of Atlanta
  • Revolutionary Love: A Public Assembly and Revival Against Islamaphobia
  • I, Too, Sing America: A Night of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Resilience
  • Dismantling Race, Class, Sexuality, and Gender: A Tweet Up Session with @ASCDiversity
  • The Danger of a Single Story: Life After the Diaspora- A Panel Discussion with the Coalition of Student Multicultural Organizations (COSMO)

2015: Strangefruit: Reframing Narratives of Resistance in the 21st Century

  • #FlawlessFeminism: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and the Feminist Narrative—A Dialogue
  • "Coretta Scott King: A Revolutionary Woman” featuring Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
  • Film Screening: “Lives Worth Living: The Great Fight for Disability Rights”
  • Riots and Righteousness: In Support of Ferguson and American Protest Movements
  • #StandUp4Leelah: A Film Screening of For the Bible Tells Me So
  • Resilience and Resistance: An Exploration of Chimimanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
  • Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters: Dr. King, Christianity and the Civil Rights Movement featuring Dr. Richard C. Flippin
  •  A Visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights with Constance Curry'55
  • Selma: A Film Screening at Atlantic Station 

2014: Celebrating the Inaugural Gay Johnson McDougall Symposium on Race, Justice, and Reconciliation

  • Racial Oppression and Restorative Justice: An Interdisciplinary and  Multigenerational Conversation
  • Interfaith Reflection and Statement of Reconciliation
  • From Fruitvale Station to Pennsylvania Avenue: American Racial Politics and the Quest for Justice
  • Critical Incident Inventory: Strategies for Reconciliation

2013: Fighting for the Dream

  • "Fighting the Good Fight: A Conversation with Dr. C.T. Vivian facilitated by Dr. Marybeth Gasman
  • Freedom Riders Film Showing and Discussion
  • Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration Book Discussion and Signing featuring Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt
  • Sisters in Service: A Discussion on Black Sororities and Activism in the Civil Rights Era
  • Living the Dream: Vision Boards 

2012: Living in a "Post-Racial" America?

  • Let Freedom Sing Opening Convocation Concert
  • "Immigration in the Modern World" featuring Charles H. Kuck of The Immigration Law Firm
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell: A Film Showing and Discussion
  • Agnes Scott Believes: Interfaith Perspectives
  • REALity Bites: Living the Dream
  • The Help: A Film Showing and Panel on Race Relations 

2011:  A Voice for the Voiceless: Untold Stories

  • Opening Convocation featuring Dr. Jan Willis
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • "Who Then is My Neighbor?" : The Ethics of Interrelatedness 
  • “Distinctive Features of Tibetan Buddhism: Discussion and Practice Session”
  • She Stood Her Ground: The Story of Constance Curry ’55
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