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Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The university will host a series of events including a film festival and lectures beginning Jan. 13.

Stanford will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with in-person and virtual events and programs, including a film festival, and an interreligious symposium.

The events are curated and organized annually by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, which includes representatives from several groups and departments on campus.

“The mission of the Stanford University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is to celebrate the legacy and tenets set forth by Dr. King and his life examples of servant leadership,” said member Kevin Hutcherson. “Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment … the committee encourages the continuation of Dr. King’s legacy all year long.”

World House Project 2023 Documentary and Film Festival

Jan. 13-16 (Virtual)

This event will feature more than 40 films exploring “the crisis of democracy in the World House.” Films will include a documentary produced by the World House Project entitled, When I Get Grown – Reflections of a Freedom Rider, about Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette. The festival will also include interviews and panel discussions with World House Project director Dr. Clayborne Carson. Registration is available on the World House Project website.

King and Faith Symposium

Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Church

This interreligious symposium will bring together scholars and the public in a series of discussions on themes of justice in varied religious traditions. Stanford’s Rev. Dr. Sakena Young-Scaggs, senior associate dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, will moderate, and speeches will include a keynote address from Dr. Tracey E. Hucks, professor of Africana Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. More information about the event and speakers is available on the Norcal MLK Foundation website.

University public worship

Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Church

Theologian Raymond Carr will serve as keynote speaker at this multifaith ingathering event. The service will also be available on YouTube (livestreamed and recorded) and on KZSU, 90.1 FM.

Additional information about the various Stanford celebrations, as well as details about events being held around the Bay Area, is available on the MLK @ Stanford Community website.

Interested in learning more about King and his legacy? Check out the Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Their Lives and Shared Legacies course offered through Stanford Continuing Studies. Or hear from Stanford scholars who reflect King’s influence and explore historical photos from the Stanford Libraries’ Bob Fitch Photography Archives online.