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    Dartmouth MLK Celebration

    Thursday, January 5, 2023
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Building a Compassionate Community

In the spirit of Building a Compassionate Community and in response to what you, our alumni, told us you wanted to see from Dartmouth, we’re presenting a multi-event, campus-wide celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a unique opportunity for our global alumni family to join the full Dartmouth community—virtually and in person—in commemoration of Dr. King’s life. We invite you to celebrate Dr. King’s message of hope and his call to action by joining us for several or all of the programs listed below.

Through the course of 2023, we will bring you more programs during heritage months that recognize and celebrate the histories, experiences, and contributions of the many cultures and groups that make up our alumni body. Stay tuned!

Yours for Dartmouth,
Cheryl Bascomb ’82
Vice President for Alumni Relations


2023 MLK Celebration Event Highlights



Health in Revolution: Geisel Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Saturday, Jan 14, 9 AM - 4 PM, Kellogg Auditorium 200 and online

In commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, we will explore the role of health in social revolution through the lens of the past, present, and future. 

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MLK sculpture

Conversations and Connections: “MLK and the Dartmouth Legacy”

Fri, Jan 20 12:30 PM, Dartmouth Hall 105

Join us for the momentous unveiling of renowned sculptor John Wilson’s bronze sculpture, Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Hop Film Event: “Till”

Fri, Jan 20, 7:00 PM, Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center

A profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till. Discussion follows. In celebrating best practices and listening to community leaders, we can reimagine a future of healing. 

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Speaker Tarana Burke

MLK Keynote: Building a Compassionate Community

Tue, Jan 24, 7:30 PM, Filene Auditorium and online

Best known for founding the '#metoo movement, Tarana Burke has dedicated her life to social justice work and giving strength to those who experienced sexual trauma or harassment. In a fireside chat with Dr. Shontay Delalue, Dartmouth's Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer, Burke provides insight on working for a more compassionate world.

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King's Return Singers

Kings Return Acapella Performance

Wed, Feb 1, 8:00 PM, Rollins Chapel

Listen to gorgeous new melodies grow from old-school a cappella roots. Unbound by a single genre, the quartet's stirring sound is inspired by gospel, jazz, R&B, and classical music. 

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Bad Axe

Hop Film Event: Bad Axe

Sat, Feb 4, 7:00 PM, Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center

A close-knit Asian Mexican American family in rural Michigan fights to keep their restaurant alive in the face of a pandemic and a community fractured by racism. Discussion follows. 

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Racial Equality and Social Justice Resource Hub

On May 25, 2020, the world watched in devastation at George Floyd’s death at the hands of police. It was a polarizing event for our country and Dartmouth, one that spurred a national movement to bring change and end racial injustice and inequality at all levels of our society. 

The Racial Equality and Social Justice resource hub--a curated space for alumni of Dartmouth-related resources related to equity, diversity, and inclusion--helps to provide understanding and inspiration for action that has the potential for lasting impact. 

Please share the hub with others. It is a dynamic space that alumni may engage with often, and it will be updated with additional resources from the College and our alumni communities as they become available. 

Special thanks to the volunteers who provided feedback on the hub in its early stages.