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MLK Week

Martin Luther King Jr. Awareness Week

MLK Awareness Week 2017: The Fierce Urgency of Now

The Art Project that Murkland Elementary collaborates with the UMass Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs every year for Martin Luther King Jr. Awareness Week. All fourth graders under the guidance of Ms. Julia D’Angelo paint their rendition of the MLK theme, then the school hosts a contest. This year three winners were chosen. The artwork and winning pieces can been viewed until the end of February at UMass Lowell, University Crossing, Moloney Hall (UC 260) We were fortunate this year to be able to record the work of one of the fourth grade art class as they began their artwork.

OMA also collaborates with Stoklosa Middle School for an essay contest on the MLK theme. Winners of the essay contest and their writings can also be viewed in Moloney until the end of February.

Watch a video of last year's collaboration with Murkland Elementary: Lenses of Civil Right: Intersections of Struggle and Progress.

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MLK Week will be occurring at the end of January leading into Black History in February. This year we will have multiple programs including our annual MLK Dinner & Celebration.

Each year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Service Awards are presented to University of Massachusetts Lowell faculty, staff, and students, and to community members of the City of Lowell during the annual MLK Dinner. 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 the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you would like to nominate an individual for the Distinguished Service Award please fill out the MLK Service Award Nomination Form.

Schedule of Events

Date Event Location / Time
Monday, January 23, 2017 MLK Kickoff Event
"Our Story" Unveiling
Food Pantry Donation Challenge Drop-Off
University Crossing Atrium
3-5 p.m.
Friday, January 27, 2017 MLK Celebration at Hockey Game
UMass Lowell vs. Northeastern
Tsongas Center
6 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 MLK Celebration at Men’s Basketball Game
UMass Lowell vs. Fisher College
Costello Athletic Center
2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 MLK Dinner
“The Fierce Urgency of Now”
Service Award Ceremony
Art and Essay Contest Winners
University Crossing 260
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Round Table Discussion
Discussion: Activism, Politics
University Crossing 260
4-6 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2017 MLK Closing Event
Movie: Hidden Figures* based on a true story
Theater: Lowell Showcase Cinema

*Hidden Figures is "the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains... for the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big."

Watch video of last year's MLK celebration!


Contact Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs Francine Coston at

To see pictures of this year's ceremony, please visit our Facebook Page.