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MLK Week

On February 10, 1961, the 32-year old Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech on the campus of New York University. Dr. King's speech entitled, “The Future of Integration," advocated for civil rights and nonviolent protest for social change. He said, "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

For the ninth-consecutive year, the University will commemorate Dr. King’s visit and his legacy by hosting a weeklong schedule of special events and programs. The theme for this year’s MLK Week is, The Power of Courage: Passion. Purpose. Perseverance. and is intended to create an intergenerational dialogue about the importance of making bold strides towards lasting and meaningful change. The highlight of the week will be the NYU MLK Week University-Wide Event on Thursday, February 6th which will feature professor, author and MSNBC show host Melissa Harris-Perry with special guest, activist and philosopher, Grace Lee Boggs and others.


2014 University Wide Event Full-Length Video

Listen to the critical perspectives of several guests as they present their views and ideas and engage in dialogue surrounding the costs of failing to realize the dreams that Dr. King articulated fifty years ago. Professor Melissa Harris-Perry will be joined by Grace Lee Boggs, Dr. Teboho Moja, and others. We will also be presenting the NYU MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award.

Join us for a stimulating evening of reflection and conversation as we challenge ourselves to move forward from dreaming to action.

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry


MLK Week of Service

"EVERYBODY CAN BE GREAT, because everybody can serve."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be a part of the dream and volunteer at the MLK Week of Service events.  Click here for more information.

Submit an Event for the MLK Week Calendar!

We invite University schools, departments, units, student organizations and alumni to be an integral part of MLK Week 2014. We are in search of unique programming that offers the University community opportunities to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, community service today, and consider the question of where do we go from here?

Program examples include films, lectures, discussion groups, etc.

Click here to complete the program submission form.

For more information, please contact

Have Questions?

Need Answers?

Please contact:

Monroe France

Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity Programs and Services


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