Annual Events


16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 7–25, 2014


Tuesday, January 7 | 4:30pm | Carr Hall Lounge
Film Screening: Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Join the CCSRE Student Advisory Board for a screening of the gripping docudrama that takes a look at the historical incidents that created an international movement to free activist Angela Davis, and tells the story of the social justice activism that landed her on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. 


Wednesday, January 8 | 4:30 pm | Hillcrest 103
Reading Angela Davis

Join Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies students and faculty in a reading discussion of Women, Race, and Class, Angela Davis’ “powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.”


Thursday, January 9 | 7pm | Mead Chapel
Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address

Author, activist, and educator Angela Davis will give the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. keynote address in conjunction with JusTalks. Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. Following the talk Dr. Davis will be signing books. The College Bookstore will have "The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues" (2012) available for purchase on-site.


Saturday, January 18 | 11am–3pm | Various local community locations
Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off!
 Martin Luther King Day of Service

Middlebury College faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in community service projects to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  To register email Ashley Calkins in Community Engagement, jcalkins@middlebury.edu


Monday, January 20 | 7–9pm | Mead Chapel
MLK Oratorio 2014: A Celebration in Song, Speech, and Dance

Featuring Middlebury College a cappella groups, student orators, and dancers from the Move2Change J-term class, all performing tributes to the Civil Rights leader's legacy. Directed by Dana Yeaton with musical direction by Larry Hamberlin. 


Tuesday, January 21 | 7pm | Mead Chapel
Wade Davis: From former NFL Cornerback to LGBTQ Advocate

Wade Davis is an activist, writer, educator, and former American football player. In 2012, Davis came out and spoke publicly about what it was like to be a closeted gay man in the NFL. He is currently the executive director of the You Can Play project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination and homophobia in sports, co-founder of the You Belong sports initiative for LGBTQ youth, and a visiting professor at Rutgers University. 


Wednesday, January 22 | 12:30-1:45 pm | Carr Hall Lounge
Film Screening: The Residue Years: The Documentary

The Residue Years: The Documentary is a film that explores the journey of Portland native Mitchell S. Jackson from a childhood and youth marred by parental drug addiction, drug dealing, and prison to adult life as a university professor and acclaimed author. The film, which features former drug king pin “Freeway” Rick Ross, cultural icon Tavis Smiley, and veteran publisher George Gibson, provides an insider’s look at the publishing world and a personal view of America’s War on Drugs. 


Wednesday, January 22 | 4:30–6pm | Abernethy Room, Axinn Ctr
The Residue Years: A Reading by Mitchell S. Jackson

Author and educator Mitchell S. Jackson will read from his widely praised book The Residue Years, a gritty, lyrical novel about a family’s entanglement with Portland’s underground drug world. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes about what it was like to come of age in that time and place, with a breakout voice that’s nothing less than extraordinary. "Powerful…Jackson’s prose has a spoken-word cadence, the language flying off the page with percussive energy." —New York Times

Join us in the Winter Garden following the reading for a book signing and reception. 


Wednesday, January 22 | 7–9pm | Dana Auditorium
Middlebury in the 1960s: Student Resistance and Social Change

Students and administrators at Middlebury in the 1960s will discuss key moments of social and political engagement that led to major changes in our campus environment—changes that affect the way we live and study at Middlebury today. Topics covered will include: the school-wide strike of the spring of 1970 after the Kent State shootings, activism around race and making Middlebury a more inclusive space, feminism and women's health, sexuality, and more. Panelists include Delrita Abercrombie '70; Steve Early '70; Torie Osborn '72; and former Dean of Students Dennis O'Brien.


Friday, January 24 – Saturday, January 25 | Mitchell Green Lounge
Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training

This two-day workshop gives participants a comprehensive introduction to Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence. It provides a framework for conflict reconciliation, management, mediation, and arbitration. Includes mini-lectures, discussions, role-play, music, and other training activities. Participants will receive certificates of completion. Learn from experienced workers in the field including a Tibetan Geshe scholar. Contact Cliff Bueno de Mesquita to register cbuenodemesquita@middlebury.edu

The 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is made possible by the collaboration of the Office of the Dean of the College, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Music, Theatre and Dance, JusTalks, Community Engagement, MCAB Speakers Committee, Distinguished Men of Color, Athletics, Queer Studies House, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center, Education Studies, English and American Literatures, Atwater Commons, Brainerd Commons, Cook Commons, Ross Commons, Wonnacott Commons, American Studies, and Student Wellness Leaders.