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Salem State to Host Week of Events Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events span January 15 – January 22

SALEM, MA – Salem State University will host its 28th annual MLK Week, honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This series is organized by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and includes events hosted and sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Alumni Affairs, Student Life, and Chartwells. All events are open to the general public and media.

This year’s theme, “I am the Dream,” serves to power members of the Salem State community and renew faith in one another. The celebration will include a week of events offering opportunities to better understand current events, affirm that change is possible, and recognize the role we play in strengthening the community and continuing the work started by Reverend King and so many others.

The following events are scheduled from January 15 to January 22:

Monday, January 15, 5:30 pm
MLK Vigil and Freedom March |Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center and will conclude at Viking Hall, room 123. The Candlelight Vigil is held in partnership with the City of Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee.

Tuesday, January 16, 10 am–12 pm
Screening of “American DREAMers” Documentary | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Tuesday, January 16, 6 pm
Panel: “The future of the dream: Saving DACA and moving forward” | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Wednesday, January 17, 5 pm
Bayard Rustin Forum: Inclusion of Queer People of Color | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Friday, January 19, 6 to 9 pm
Screening of the film “Selma” | Viking Hall, room 123

Saturday, January 20, 6-9 pm
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trivia Night | Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Saturday, January 20, 10 am-2 pm
Food Drive in the Greater Salem Community | Shaw’s, 11 Traders Way, Salem; Stop & Shop, 19 Howley Street, Peabody

Monday, January 22, 11 am–1 pm

28th Annual MLK Convocation with Keynote Speaker Farai Chideya |Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Farai Chideya is a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. Over the years she has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media; covered every Presidential election since 1996; and traveled to 28 countries and 49 states to report, learn, and explore. A 1990 graduate of Harvard University, she was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. Ms. Chideya is well known for her recent lectures on “The Color of Our Future: Race, Ethnicity and Our Role in Shaping the New America” and What Happens to Equality When We’re All Minorities? — Re-Imagining King’s Dream for a Post-Majority America” among others. Ms. Chideya’s full biography can be found here:

Monday, January 22, 1 pm
MLK Leadership Award Reception | MLK Room, Ellison Campus Center



Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education, and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Salem State was recognized as one of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine.

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