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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events

Members and friends of the School of Medicine community are invited to attend these events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 15, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr.

Several events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on the Medical and Danforth campuses on Monday, January 19. All events are open to the public.
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Dr. Christi Griffin to speak at service
Medical Campus | 12 p.m.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital invite you to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service with guest speaker Dr. Christi Griffin.

“Healing the Past, Strengthening the Future”

Monday, January 19, 2015
12 p.m.
11:30 a.m.: Musical prelude
Open to the public; all are welcome to attend

Eric P. Newman Education Center
Washington University School of Medicine
320 S. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Service will feature a diverse presentation of local performers and musical artists

About the speaker
Dr. Christi Griffin is the author of Incarcerations in Black and White: The Subjugation of Black America. She is a retired attorney and leading authority on the impact of crime, mass incarceration and injustice on children, families and the community.

Charles Stith to speak at annual celebration
Medical Campus | 4 p.m.

The School of Medicine Office of Diversity Programs invites you to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture with guest speaker Charles Stith.

“From Selma to Ferguson: On Being Faithful to the Moment”

Monday, January 19, 2015
4 p.m.
Open to the public

Eric P. Newman Education Center
Washington University School of Medicine
320 S. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
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About the speaker
St. Louis native Charles Stith is director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University and former U.S. ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Stith served as American ambassador to Tanzania following the August 1998 embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. Hundreds of people were killed in the attacks.

Under Stith’s leadership, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam was stabilized and went on to set a new standard of promoting American trade and investment in Africa among U.S. Embassies.

Annual commemorative celebration
Danforth Campus | 7 p.m.

The Washington University Danforth Campus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee invites you to attend the 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration.

The Prophetic Voice: A Time to Break the Silence:
“Social Justice and Progress are the Absolute Guarantors of Riot Prevention”

Monday, January 19, 2015
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
6:40 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Pre-program entertainment by Orchestrating Diversity and the Demetrious Johnson Foundation Singers

Graham Chapel
Washington University Danforth Campus
Free parking in the Danforth University Center (DUC) underground garage
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Speakers include

  • Co-Host Student Leaders: Ashley G. Jeffrey (President, Association of Black Students) and Emma L. Tyler (President, Student Union)
  • Washington University Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
  • Washington University Provost Holden Thorp
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Kimberly J. Norwood, Washington University School of Law

Special presentations

  • Reading by Washington University Student Jonathan R. Williford
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Winner: Julien S. Reiman
  • The Rosa L. Parks Award Presentation to Norman R. Seay
  • Presentation of the Youth Award

Musical performances

  • Black Anthology
  • Orchestrating Diversity, urban youth orchestra directed by Mark Sarich
  • Demetrious Johnson Foundation Singers
  • Harry V. Moppins Jr. and Patrick R. Grant

Reception to follow
Danforth University Center (DUC), Tisch Commons

More information
Rudolph Clay, MLK Committee Chair: 314-935-5059 or