2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights

The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights is a collaborative effort between the University of Iowa, City of Iowa City and several community organizations. In an attempt to connect in this unprecedented year, we are working together to create a robust set of digital programming for the university and the community. It is the planning committee's hope that you will find some way to engage with the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights.

Visit https://mlk.uiowa.edu/ to learn more about the many opportunities to observe this national holiday through events and programming.

If you would like more information, please contact Shalisa Gladney at shalisa-gladney@uiowa.edu


MLK Programming with Corridor Guests

Monday, January 18, 2021
7 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a collaborative online program that addresses how Dr. King's legacy is as important today as it was when he was alive. The program, titled "We the People: Protest and Peace" will feature musicians and speakers, as well as a short service to honor Dr. King's legacy and offers a chance to connect as a larger community with his message. The first 40 people who register for this program will receive a Protest Art Kit. This kit includes mixed media materials you can use to create your own piece of art. Registration for this event opens on January 7. Kits will be available for pick up via the Iowa City Public Library Lobby service from January 11.

This event is open to the public and hosted by the Iowa City Public Library.

Cosponsor: St Paul's, NAACP, Mount Mercy College, Coe College, CRPL
Cosponsor Name: Johnathan Heifner, Keesha Burke-Henderson, Steven Shelby, Jen Eilers

Learn more here


Senior Center Programming

The 1619 Project

Fridays, January 8 - February 26, 11 a.m.
Register to receive Zoom Meeting ID
Facilitator: Emily Edrington
The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. We'll explore and discuss the essays and multimedia content from The 1619 Project together over the course of eight weeks. Registration required; call 319-356-5220 to sign up.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Summit

1 p.m. Sat, Jan 23, 2021 & 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 30, 2021

The Iowa Dr. King Youth Summit invites youth, 6th grade through 12th, to participate in two Saturday sessions on Dr. King’s vision for the future. Both of the interactive sessions will include workshops on “What Would Dr. King Do,” “Black Youth as Agents of Change” and “Versus: Dr King and Malcolm X.” Youth will join in games, conversations and skill building to create change in our communities. Over the course of two Saturdays, students will be in community with educators who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) with support from allies. This is a space cultivated to support the needs of BIPOC students while students of other backgrounds are also welcome. All youth will be in this space focused on social justice, equity and community building.

Register online here. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Summit is hosted by Black Lives Matter at School, United Action for Youth, and Iowa City Parks & Recreation.


MLK Day of Service with RSVP: No Sew Tie Fleece Blankets for Local Organizations

Self-guided volunteer project
Online Zoom event offered Monday, January 18

Register to receive materials and instructions, and Zoom Meeting ID
Make an impact from the safety of your home. RSVP will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr’s commitment to service by making No Sew Tie Fleece Blankets to benefit Shelter House and Iowa City Animal Care. Craft solo or together with your COVID-free pod. Materials and directions will be provided in late December or early January. An opportunity to craft with others over Zoom will be offered on Monday, January 18. Contact Erin Balvanz at erin.balvanz@unitedwayjwc.org or 319-337-7823 to sign up for this great winter volunteer project. Join us in crafting for a cause! Register for this Day of Service event online. 

Day of Service Food drive & In-store purchased donation at local grocery store

The food drive portion will be held throughout the celebration to benefit the Food Pantry at Iowa and CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. In addition to a standing drop-off location, there is also an opportunity to shop for each organization's specific needs at local grocery stores. Upon arrival at the store during a designated time, you will receive a list of food and basic needs items that each organization is in need of, purchase those items, and donate them on-location.

Drop off locations: United Action for Youth, New Creation International Church, Mercer Aquatic Center. 

Again, residents should register online to take part in the drive, and can do so here.