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The MLK Commemoration Celebration is one way the University of Chicago celebrates diversity and our partnerships with the city of Chicago, especially our neighbors on the South Side.  Learn more about UChicago initiatives, and see highlights from past University-wide events.

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Civil rights activist Judy Richardson speaks at the 2013 MLK Celebration on January 17, 2013. Read more »

MLK Celebration 2012

Geoffrey Canada

MLK speaker Geoffrey Canada cautions against neglecting young Americans. Read more »

Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave three “glorious” speeches on UChicago's campus between 1956 and 1966. His legacy inspires the Jan. 12 MLK Celebration. View story, archival documents, historical timeline, and videos »

Student voices her dream

Hundreds of UChicago community members and visitors voiced their dreams on the Dream Wall, which traveled around campus for a month to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Read more »

Shayne Evans, 2012 DLA winner

Passion for education inspires this year's Diversity Leadership Award honorees.
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UChicago community members voice their dreams for a better world and discuss what diversity means to them.

MLK Dream Wall

On November 4, 2011, the Dream Wall made its debut on the Main Quad.
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Past Black Heritage Celebration Events

UChicago community and neighbors honor MLK’s enduring message during MLK Celebration 2011, with keynote speaker Judith Jamison.
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MLK President’s Reception honors those committed to diversity on campus and beyond.
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Bowman and Hale receive 2011 Diversity Leadership Awards.
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UChicago hosts MLK Celebration 2010, with the theme “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.
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Events on Urban Education

At the Future of the City conference, cohosted by the University’s Office of Civic Engagement and Harris School of Public Policy, leaders discuss the future of all aspects of cities, including schools’ responsibility to prepare students.
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Some of the nation’s most distinguished voices on education discuss public education and best practices at a roundtable cohosted by Ebony Magazine and UChicago’s Urban Education Institute.
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