Jan 18 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

January 18 - 22, 2021


Chicago, IL 60612

Each year the University of Illinois at Chicago joins the nation in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us from January 18-22 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Commemoration Week 2021 and partake in a variety of commemorative events. For details, visit go.uic.edu/MLK2021.

For events streamed live, ASL and real-time captions will be provided. For accessibility information, contact Accessible@uic.edu or (312) 725-2793.

For more information, email StudentInvolvement@uic.edu or call (312) 725-2793.

UIC MLK Day of Service
Participate in “a day on, not a day off." This year, MLK Day of Service will be on January 18, 2021, and will include a selection of in-person and virtual service opportunities, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There will also be a virtual welcome for all participants. For more information, contact Student Leadership & Civic Engagement at SLCE@uic.edu. To sign-up, visit go.uic.edu/mlksignup.

A Critical Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
UIC welcomes Dr. Ibram X. Kendi as our 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration speaker. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Join us on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 4:00pm CST for the live stream event. To register, visit go.uic.edu/MLKKendi.

UIC MLK Book Club 2021: How to Be an Antiracist
Join us for our first campus-wide UIC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Club: How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. There will be various dates and times beginning February 1 to April 30 for a monthly virtual book club. This is open to students, staff, faculty, family, community, and alumni. Register today! The deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Additional days and times may be added. A confirmation email will be sent by Jan. 29 with zoom details. To register, visit go.uic.edu/MLKBookClub.

To purchase a book or download a digital version, visit:

UIC Bookstore
UIC Library (available online to UIC only)
Semicolon Bookstore
You may also host/purchase books for your department or college. Email studentinvolvement@uic.edu by January 22.

Event Debrief: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Join us on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 12pm CST. This is a space for the UIC community to gather and debrief the event: A Critical Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and consider how we can carry what we learned into our lives and work together to become a truly anti-racist community. For details, visit go.uic.edu/MLKDebrief.


UIC Student Involvement

Date posted

Jan 5, 2021

Date updated

Jan 5, 2021