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Dartmouth College's Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Where Do We Go from Here?: Leading for Change"

January 16–29 • • 646-3749

Every January, Dartmouth honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a series of events that celebrate his life and inspire us to continue his work.

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Click on the image to download the complete MLK calendar of events (1.3mb PDF)

This year's theme, "Where Do We Go from Here: Leading for Change," is particularly timely. As we confront climate change, poverty, and inequities in access to opportunities, the work to find solutions can be daunting. There are no simple answers. Dr. King's example reminds us that with commitment, passion, and continued development of our knowledge and skills, each of us can help build a better world.

I encourage you to take advantage of the activities planned for this month. Let these events serve as a catalyst for engaging with others, re-examining assumptions, and further developing the critical perspectives and skills that make systemic transformation possible.

Jim Yong Kim
President, Dartmouth College

Keynote Address

Kimberle Crenshaw
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw will present the keynote address with remarks by President Jim Yong Kim and Afro-American Society President Jessica Guthrie ’10. Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and at Columbia Law School, is a leading authority and lecturer in the areas of civil rights; Black feminist legal theory; and race, racism, and the law. A specialist on race and gender equality, her groundbreaking work was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. She has served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s committee to research violence against women and is the co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, whose projects deliver research-based strategies to advance social inclusion.

Monday, January 18 at 7 p.m. • Hopkins Center, Spaulding Auditorium, reception to follow at the Top of the Hop

* Free tickets available at the Hopkins Center Box office beginning Tuesday, January 12, at noon with a Dartmouth ID; beginning January 14 at 10 a.m. for the general public. Four-ticket limit. Ticket holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m., after which empty seats become available to those without tickets.

Dartmouth Medical School MLK Keynote by President Jim Yong Kim: "Quality Health Care for All: “Why We Can’t Wait”

President Kim
President Jim Yong Kim (copyright © 2005 WHO/P.Virot)

In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.” President Kim will speak about the relevancy of Dr. King’s teachings today and about the “fierce urgency of now” for a social justice movement around quality health care access for all.

Wednesday, January 20, from 4–5 p.m. • Dartmouth Medical School, Kellogg Auditorium

Ninth Annual MLK Social Justice Awards and Panel Discussion

Ndlovu '97
Methembe Ndlovu ’97

Join President Jim Yong Kim and Acting Dean of the College Sylvia Spears in honoring the lives and careers of Dartmouth community members, listed below, who have enriched our world through their contributions to issues of social justice.

The ceremony will include a panel discussion with the honorees. A reception will follow.

Lester B. Granger ’18 Award for Lifetime Achievement

Peter Kilmarx ’83, DMS ’90, chief, Epidemiology Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; captain, U.S. Public Health Service

Ongoing Commitment 

Cathleen Caron ’92, founder, Global Workers Justice Alliance

Emerging Leadership (award to be presented in absentia)

Methembe Ndlovu ’97, co-founder and Zimbabwe program director, Grassroot Soccer; assistant coach, Zimbabwe National Soccer Team

Tommy Clark ’92, DMS ’01, founder and CEO of Grassroot Soccer, will accept Methembe Ndlovu’s award on his behalf and speak on the panel.

Student Group

Dartmouth Medical School Physicians for Human Rights

Friday, January 29 • 4:30 p.m. • Collis Common Ground


Last Updated: 1/12/10