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34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Celebration

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Honoring the Life and Contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Please join us in honoring the life and contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our campus celebration will take place on January 22, 2024. This year's theme is: It Starts with Me: Shifting the Cultural Climate Through Kingian Nonviolence.  RSVP to save your spot! 

Event Outline:

  • Breakfast-8:30 am-10 am | MLK Room  
  • Convocation and Keynote-11 am-12 pm | Sophia Gordon Center
  • Book Signing/Meet and Greet-12 pm-1 pm | Sophia Gordon Lobby
  • Leadership Luncheon and MLK Award Recognition-1-3 pm | Veterans Hall 
  • MLK Vigil and March-4-6 pm | Start in Veterans Memorial Hall, end in Bertolon Cafe


About our Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor and Author 

Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz is an Award-winning Author, Educator and Producer. She has authored five historical novels, has served as project advisor for the PBS award-winning film, Prince Among Slaves documentary, and is currently producing a television series based on her latest publication, The Awakening of Malcolm X, with Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar. 

She is Chairperson of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center Board of Trustees. In her work to preserve the legacy of her parents, she has dedicated herself to institution-building and intergenerational leadership development with the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Many Thanks:


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Celebration Planning Committee

  • Katelyn Adams, Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Melissa Arroyo, Director, Student Involvement and Operations
  • Dr. Lee Brossoit, Assistant Vice President, Center for Academic Excellence
  • Lucy Corchado, Staff Assistant, Center for Justice and Liberation
  • Dr. Nicole Harris, Associate Dean, McKeown School of Education
  • Dr. Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mike Mitchell ‘07, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Institutional Advancement
  • Laurie Mullins, Staff Assistant, Inclusive Excellence
  • Shawn Newton ‘96, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Ivan Pina, Coordinator of Student Development, Student Support Services
  • Dr. Bruce Perry, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Carlie Pierre, Director, Training and Education, Inclusive Excellence
  • Dr. Cheryl Price, Director, Center for Justice and Liberation


Program Sponsors 

  • Inclusive Excellence Office
  • President's Office
  • Academic Affairs and the Office of the Provost
  • Alumni Association and Foundation
  • Student Involvement and Operations
  • City of Salem Human Rights Coalition

Questions? Please email inclusive excellence.

RSVP to this event. 

When 11:59pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Sophia Gordon Center, Ellison Campus Center, and Bertolon Cafe
Carlie Pierre

For access and accommodation information, visit our page on access or email

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