Dear Members of the Campus Community,

January offers a number of campus programs and events celebrating the cultural history and diversity that have shaped the University of Illinois and the world.

“Honoring the Civil Rights Movement as the Struggle Continues: Empowering the Dream … Make It Your Own” is the theme of this year’s community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The calendar of events offers many great ways to honor his work and to reflect on the meaning of freedom for all of us today.

This year’s featured events include keynote addresses by Cheryl Brown Henderson and Dr. Francis Ihejirika; a revisiting of the film “Freedom Riders” hosted by the Department of African American Studies; a panel to discuss the diverse voices and perspectives of Civil Rights issues; and a collaboration of two of our own faculty to create a historical and musical experience of the Civil Rights Movement. And of course, one of the highlights will be the annual Community Celebration featuring Maggie Brown and a host of other local students who are winners of the MLK, Jr. Creative Expressions Contest.

A full list of these opportunities with further information can be found at:

We are fortunate to be part of a campus where the arts and education so easily and beautifully intersect to create new ideas and foster different perspectives. I don’t think we could find a better showcase of the creativity than we’ll see in these upcoming events.

Together, we are honoring an American icon and the legacy he set in motion with his words and his actions. I encourage you all to take part in as many of these programs as you can.


Phyllis M. Wise

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