Born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister, civil-rights activist, and an advocate for race relations in the United States. Through King's activism and inspirational speeches, he played an essential role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the U.S., as well as spurring the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968 and continues to be remembered as one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history.
MLK Jr. Week: January 23 - January 30, 2023
At UMass Lowell (UML), we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through events centered on community action, engagement, and social justice awareness. This week occurs at the end of January leading into Black History Month in February.
MLK Week Kick Off - Monday, January 23, 2023 at 1 p.m. - In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr and his foundational contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, visit our info table as we commemorate MLK throughout the Celebration Week. Tables will be placed at O'Leary Library and University Crossing.
MLK Jr. Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony - Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. in Moloney Hall at University Crossing - The annual MLK Dinner is the centerpiece of Martin Luther King Jr. week at UMass Lowell. The legacy of MLK Jr. encourages us all to remember the bravery and sacrifices of those unsung heroes in the Civil Rights Movement. Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) as we highlight and uplift our campus community leaders of today and yesterday.
The Civil Rights Movement: American in the 20th Century - Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 1 p.m. - Join us in the Social Justice Center for a special documentary viewing. Anyone who thinks the Civil Rights Movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr will discover new, eye-opening view of history in this program.
MLK Jr. Service Fair - Monday, January 30, 2023 at 6 p.m. in Moloney Hall - This MLK Service Fair is an opportunity for non-profit organizations and community groups in Lowell to connect with UML students and potential new members, network with each other, and to showcase their organizations. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities & Leadership.
In addition, we also offered events and programming throughout the week relating to MLK such as:
- Faculty / Staff Social
- Community Service Event
12th MLK Distinguished Service Awards, Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Each year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards are presented to University of Massachusetts-Lowell faculty, staff, students, and community leaders. These awards honor the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to social change, service, and community engagement.
Nominees should exemplify the dream, vision and work of late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Submit a MLK Distinguished Service Awards nomination
MLK 2023 Theme: “Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow; Unsung Heroes”
UMass Lowell (UML) Library: MLK LibGuide: A digital resource that provides online access to texts, images, and audio/video files showcasing Dr. King’s legacy, civil rights movement, and more.
For more information or help with RSVPing to these events, please email us by email: Multicultural_Affairs@uml.edu.
"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK 2021 - Distinguished Service Awards
Faculty/Staff: Yahayra Michel
Yahayra has graciously volunteered their time over the past two years to mentor first-generation students in the River Hawk Scholars Academy in various capacities. This is a significant time and energy commitment that has made a major impact on the students in our program and on all of us who collaborate on RHSA. She serves as part of the leadership team and mentors Peer Leaders, student mentors who guide RHSA first-year students, providing thoughtful insight and perspective as first-gen student from an immigrant background and a veteran of the U.S. military. Yahayra has plenty on her plate as a professor and devoted mother and still gives of themselves to first-gen students. She regularly speaks truth to power and advocates for justice and equity within our program and beyond. Fighting with quiet, steely fortitude for our students' experiences and identities to be honored. Furthermore, she creates opportunities for our first-generation student leaders to conduct research, supports first-year Criminal Justice majors as an RHSA Faculty Advocate, and serves on the advisory board for the Greeley Peace Scholar program. Yahayra seeks to provide equal education and opportunities to students who have been historically and systemically deprived of them.& Students in RHSA look to them as a role model for someone who has earned a position of power and uses that power to fight, every day, for justice in their teaching, research, and mentorship.
Student: Benedicta Agyemang-Brantuo
Benedicta has demonstrated leadership and has committed to social change, service and community engagement in many ways. Inspired by the quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. which states that " of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane", this nominee created a club called Advocates of Health Equity for Minorities which not only serve as a club, but a community for minorities to have meetings and events which will advocate for good health and sound mind for underrepresented populations. Recently, Benedicta hosted an event where she invited two physicians for a panel. These physicians talked about how it feels to be a minority in the health field and other tips on how to survive undergraduate school academically. She is also a Senator for Student Government, an LLC mentor, and participated in the difference maker challenge and attempted to provide transportation for pregnant women who are addicted to opioids in Lowell. Currently, Benedicta is an ambassador for the Kennedy College of Sciences where they answer questions that prospective students might have during an open house.
UMass Lowell Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week
All videos held within this tab shows all previous collaborations that were done with our office.
Enjoy this video highlighting previous collaborations from 2017 that produced the art featured during our Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Service Awards Dinners!
This collaboration was from 2018: the 2018 MLK Awards, Refuge Lowell art project.
2019 was the year we had art collaborations that were put out on displays for attendees to look at during the event.
Watch our 2016 community collaboration with Murkland Elementary: Lenses of Civil Right: Intersections of Struggle and Progress.
Contact Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs Maria McDuffie Clark by email at: Maria_Clark@uml.edu.
To see pictures from our 2020 MLK ceremony, please visit our Facebook page.