2014 Commemoration

50 Years: Backwards or Forward?

50 years have passed since Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech that inspired Americans to commune at the table of brotherhood. Today, the segregation era seems like a distant memory. Still, Dr. King’s mission remains incomplete. In his finals days Dr. King’s shifted his focus from Civil Rights to Economic Justice. How far have we come economically? The unemployment rate for Blacks and Latinos is double that of whites. Why? Considering recent laws passed by the NC State Legislature how will disadvantaged groups prompt change? Does the current state of the education system enable students to break cycles of poverty? Has America gone 50 Years: Backwards or Forward?


Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service – 1/19/14

MLK speaker: Today’s civil rights fight ‘too familiar’ (The News & Observer)

Jealous urges people to choose change (Durham Herald-Sun)

Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at Duke (ABC11)

The common good: College students spend MLK Day serving the community (Durham Herald-Sun)

Powery challenges Durham government employees to follow King’s example (Duke Today)

Ben Jealous urges MLK audience to change the world (Duke Today)

Annual DCRI MLK Day Celebration (Youtube – Duke Clinical Research)

Field hockey gives back on MLK Day (GoDuke)



Benjamin JealousJan. 19 // Benjamin Jealous, former national president and CEO of the NAACP 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
Live webcast: chapel.duke.edu/

Stop Hunger - MLK Million Meals ProjectJan. 20 // MLK Million Meals Project
Time: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center, Durham Technical Community College
1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, N.C.
Register: bit.ly/millionmeals14

Dr. Delbert R. Wigfall - Duke Clinical Research Institute's MLK Day CelebrationJan. 21 / / Duke Clinical Research Institute’s MLK Day Celebration
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Lower Level Lecture Hall, 2400 Pratt St.
Dr. Delbert R. Wigfall, keynote speaker, on “How Far We’ve Come…”
Live webcast: bit.ly/dcriMLK14

Screening: Mighty Times - The Children's MarchJan. 17 / / A screening of “Mighty Times — The Children’s March”
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sanford School for Public Policy, Room 04


Vashti Murphy McKenzie - Duke Chapel ServiceJan. 19 / / Duke Chapel Service
Time: 11 a.m.
Vashti Murphy McKenzie, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, delivers the sermon
Live webcast: chapel.duke.edu/