2012 Commemoration


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The theme for this year’s MLK celebration activities, “Act to Honor,” encourages the community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by committing to civic engagement and activism.


Randall RobinsonJan. 15 // Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak at Duke’s MLK Program
Time: 3 p.m. Duke Chapel
Free and open to the public
Free Parking — Bryan Center Parking Garage


Sam Pollard

Jan. 13 // “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” with director Sam Pollard
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. film screening
The Garage, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham
Jan. 14 // Filmmaking Master Class
with Sam Pollard

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.,┬áCenter for Documentary Studies

Michele NorrisJan. 18 // Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Reynolds Theater


Jan. 26 // MLK Million Meals Service EventJan. 16 // MLK Million Meals Project
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Freeman Center, Duke University
1415 Faber St., Durham


Chapel Worship ServiceJan. 15 // Duke Chapel Sunday worship service with sermon by J. Kameron Carter, black church studies scholar
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Duke Chapel


Take Back the NightJan. 16 // Social movements exhibit followed by a sit-in reenactment
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center and Chapel Quad


Maurice WallaceJan. 17 // “Dreaming Martin: Mountaintops, Memory and the Monumental Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Keynote address by African American studies professor Maurice Wallace
Time: Noon
North Pavilion Lower Lecture Hall, Duke Hospital


Duke Center for Civic Engagement logoJan. 19 // “Identifying Freedom: Implications for Civic Engagement” panel discussion
Time: Noon
Breedlove Room, Perkins Library


Jan. 10 // CNN Hero Guadalupe Arizpe De La VegaJan. 10 // CNN Hero Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Searle Center Lecture Hall, Duke Hospital
(Employees only; registration required)