MLK Week

In January of 2021, the UW MLK Week work group asked Black students, staff, instructors, and faculty to reflect on the question: “What does MLK Day mean to you in 2021?” Click on the images below to view submissions.

Makena Carr, Junior, Department of Communication

Pamela Collins, MD, MPH; Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Department of Global Health

Kiss’Shonna Curtis ’20; Education, Communities, and Organizations; Psychology

Kaleb Germinaro, PhD Student, College of Education

June Hairston, EdD; Director, Pacific Northwest LSAMP

Janine Jones, PhD; Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education

Victoria Manibusan, Senior; Department of Communications

Trina Reid, Events and Operations, Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Meshell Sturgis, PhD Student, Department of Communication

Aliyah Turner, PhD Student, Department of Sociology

Lexi Whitfield, Freshman; Pre-Health, Student Athlete

Bessie Young, MD, MPH; Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Nephrology

Dr. King was recognized as the most visible leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, a movement that encompassed thousands of everyday people standing up, marching, fighting for racial justice and opportunity. We see the legacy of this movement in today’s continued work toward racial justice.

We have been intentional in the focus on Black voices for this project. To honor the holiday that contains this history, we feel that it is important to offer a counterweight to the ways that Black folks are so often silenced or ignored in public discourse.

These videos were produced and edited by Laura Irwin, Research Assistant at the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE). The project was funded by CCDE and the Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center.