MLK Week 2020, “Time to Break the Silence,” takes place from Jan. 20-26 and includes a community service fair as well as an array of events designed to raise awareness and empower participants to enact individual and community change.
MLK Week 2020 is generously supported by the President’s Office, the Provost's Office, the Freeman College of Management, the College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, the University Lectureship Committee, the Africana Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender, the Public Policy Endowment, the Women's Resource Center, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, BASA (Bucknell African Student Association) and the Departments of Geography, Mechanical Engineering, Sociology & Anthropology, Women's & Gender Studies, Art & Art History and Religious Studies.
Previous MLK Week Themes
Bucknell’s 2019 Martin Luther King Jr Week brought scholars and activists to campus to engage the community in a conversation that reflects on Dr. King’s legacy and philosophies and considers them in the context of contemporary struggles.
The theme for this week was based on a quote by James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Guests for the week included:
Richard Boodie — The 1958 Visit of Martin Luther King Jr. to Bucknell: Impressions and Influences
Jason Sokol — The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Patrisia Macias-Rojas — From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post Civil Rights America
Nicholas Villanueva — Lynching of Mexicans in the Texas Borderlands
Ibram Kendi — Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Bucknell’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2018 brought various scholars to campus to engage our community in a conversation about Dr. King’s legacy and philosophies with regard to current struggle.
The week involved the charitable gift drive, the Beloved Community Dinner, an interfaith worship service and the lectures from the following guests:
Eddie S. Glaude — How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
Khalid Latif — Rise Above Hate/I Am Not What Is Broken
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan — The Quest for Transgender Equality
Cornel West and Robert George — What is the Point of a Liberal Arts Education?
The 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Week brought to campus social justice leaders to discuss King’s legacy of peace and nonviolence. Including a charitable gift drive, a community dinner, and interfaith service and an array of events designed to bring awareness and empower participants to enact individual and community change, the guest speakers were:
Sharon Washington Risher — We Are Charleston: Triumph and Tragedy at Mother Emmanuel
Joseph Sebarenzi — God Sleeps in Rwanda
Arun Gandhi — Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Non-Violence
In 2016 the President’s Diversity Council presented a mini-series for MLK Week intended to engage our community in a conversation about Dr. King’ legacy and philosophies and the intractable and interrelated problems of violence, racism, and hatred.
The Violence of Hate theme was chosen in response to the growing frequency of violent events in our country. The week included a screening of A Force More Powerful: Nashville, We Were Warriors, the annual Beloved Community Dinner, “a Service for Peace and Justice” at Rooke Chapel and lectures and discussions from the following guests:
Haider Hamza — The Violence of War and Dr. King’s Philosophy
Mark Barden, Ian Hockley, Jeremy Richman, David Wheeler — Four Fathers, Four Journeys: Sandy Hook
Jack Levin — The Violence of Hate
Nyle Fort — Ferguson, Racism, Violence and the Necessity of Non-Violence
Rev. Jim Lawson — An Evening with Jim Lawson, the “Architect of Non-Violence In America”
Jennifer L. Pozner — How Media Instigate Gun Violence and Rape Culture
Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures