January 12, 2018 – Georgetown will honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 50th anniversary of his assassination with a wide variety of events, including a concert and presentation of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award on Jan. 15.
Steve Park, executive director of Little Lights Urban Ministries will be recognized as this year’s Legacy of a Dream awardee during the university’s free Let Freedom Ring! Concert on MLK day at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This year the concert features awarding-winning actress and singer Vanessa L. Williams, whose brother, actor Christopher Williams graduated from Georgetown in 1989.
Georgetown awards the Legacy of a Dream Award to emerging local leaders with outstanding contributions to and inspire the people in the Washington, D.C., community.
Little Lights works with families in Washington, D.C., and provides a diverse range of programs focused on academics, spirituality, economic empowerment and racial justice.
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Georgetown’s MLK events, which will take place over the spring semester, include everything from a spiritual service honoring King on Jan. 14 in St. Williams Chapel to a discussion on “Memphis: How a City Atones for Killing King” on March 19. A series of university-sponsored events also will take place in April to commemorate the April 4, 1968 death of the civil rights leader.
“This year holds special significance as we observe the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination,” says Patricia Grant, McDonough School of Business’ associate dean for undergraduate programs.
Grant and Andria Wisler, executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service (CSJ), are co-chairs of the university’s planning committee for the Let Freedom Ring! Initiative this year.
Programming also includes a Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative effort that allows visitors to experience a replica of a solitary confinement cell on campus. Visitors, who will receive background material on mass incarceration, …