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 United States, as well as 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.
At UMass Lowell, we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by providing a full week of educational and enjoyable 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. In past years, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) has collaborated with elementary and middle schools. In 2017, students at Stoklosa Middle School had a chance to submit an essay emulating the MLK Week theme of the year, wile students at Murkland Elementary School submitted artwork also inspired by the selected theme. The winners had the opportunity to join us at our Annual MLK Week Dinner at University Crossing.