For more than 25 years, Valparaiso University and the surrounding community have gathered to celebrate, commemorate, and encourage the continuance of the work began by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Instead of taking the day off and contemplating in isolation our call, we choose to gather as a community to collectively reflect on the legacy of Rev. King and the work still left for us to do. Through targeted discussions, focus sessions, and compelling convocation, we allow Rev. King’s prophetic work to give life and guidance to fulfilling the dream today.

Our Theme: Why We Can’t Wait

Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had come alongside sanitation workers fighting for a living wage and humane working conditions. King died fully committed to the idea that this nation–and, indeed, the whole world–cannot wait for justice. A half century later, his clarion call for people of good will to join the struggle remains as urgent as ever. Join us on January 15th as we prepare to hear from leaders who are pursuing the dream of a more just region, nation, and world today. The march goes on–and you have a part to play.

Our Speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones

As we dialogue throughout the day on the theme: “Why We Can’t Wait” we are excited to host award-winning journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Nikole Hannah-Jones was named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow (one of 24, globally) for her writing on modern day civil rights for The New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy and offer a compelling case for greater equity.

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