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Emory King Week

January 13–24, 2024

Emory University King Week is a series of programs offered in January by various Emory units to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Programs include educational lectures, spiritual events, community service projects, celebrations, and exhibits.

This page will be updated as additional information becomes available. Check back in January for new events and final times and locations. For more information, please contact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Celebrates King Week 2024

Learn more about Woodruff Health Sciences Center's King Week events in a video featuring Ravi Thadhani, executive vice president for health affairs, in conversation with DEI leaders within WHSC from the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Healthcare, and the Winship Cancer Institute. The video will be available the week of January 8 on the WHSC website.

View the video here

School of Nursing Community Engagement

Friday, January 12, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,  National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

This event is open to Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing faculty and staff only. For more information and to register, please contact Stella Clarke-Dubose at

Middle School and High School Debate Tournament Volunteer Judging

Atlanta Urban Debate League

Saturday, January 13, Hopewell Middle School, and Saturday, January 20, Ivy Prep Academy

The Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL) of the Center for Civic and Community Engagement will be hosting middle school and high school debate tournaments during King Week and volunteer judges are needed. The 2023–2024 debate topic focuses on US federal policies that address income redistribution through a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income. No debate experience is necessary—training will take place on the morning of the debate tournaments. Volunteers at these events will be working with minors and will need to complete an online orientation process before volunteering. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. Transportation support is available, if needed.

To volunteer for these and other AUDL events and to access the online orientation process, visit the AUDL page on Emory OPEN. Volunteers will get information about how to access the tournament after signing up. Please contact Christy Bradley, director of the Atlanta Urban Debate League and K–12 Engagement, for additional information.

Visit the AUDL Emory OPEN Page

National Day of Racial Healing: The Journey to Healing for One Emory (Hybrid event)

Tia McNair

Livestream Lunch & Learn with Tia Brown McNair, Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, January 16, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Lunch served in person at W525 Goizueta Business School, 1300 Clifton Road

Tia Brown McNair is a vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and executive director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. She oversees both funded projects and the AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success.

For more information or questions, please contact Sharon Stroye.

Registration Required Here

Alumni Shaping Atlanta’s Future through Community Engagement

Wednesday, January 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Zoom

Emory Cares presents an inspiring webinar to spotlight Emory University alumni who are making a significant impact on the Atlanta community. In this exclusive session, we'll delve into the stories of these remarkable individuals, exploring their journeys, achievements, and the transformative influence they've had on the local landscape. Engage with our distinguished panelists as they discuss the unique challenges and opportunities encountered while contributing to the growth and well-being of the Atlanta community. Hear firsthand accounts of innovative projects, initiatives, and collaborations that have had a positive and lasting impact on Atlanta. Hosted by Alex Wan, Emory assistant vice president of community affairs and Atlanta City Council member; Michael Davis 09B, deputy executive director, Atlanta Beltline Partnership; and Ariel Fristoe 98C, founder and artistic director of Out of Hand Theater.

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‘The Cost of Inheritance’
Documentary Film and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 17, 2:00–5:00 p.m., Convocation Hall, 505 N Kilgo Cir S

Panelists include Emory faculty Carol Anderson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of African American Studies; Janeria Easley, assistant professor of African American studies; and Jessica Lynn Stewart, assistant professor of African American studies; Cynthia Spence, co-chair and associate professor of sociology and anthropology, Spelman College, and Spelman College Quarterman-Keller Scholars.

  • 2:00 PM - Reception
  • 3:00 PM - Film screening
  • 4:00 PM - Panel of Experts

For more information or questions, please contact Chandra Ford. Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies.

Register here

Oxford Campus Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m., Old Church (1011 Wesley St., Oxford, GA 30054)

A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. at Oxford

This year's Oxford Campus MLK celebration features music with the community choir, our a cappella group, our chamber ensemble, and a new Oxford group, Soul Collective. There will be greetings and readings interspersed throughout the celebration, including a reading by Tameka Cage Conley, assistant professor of English and creative writing. Sponsored by the Oxford Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Free and open to all. For more information about the event, contact Lyn Pace, Oxford College chaplain.

Candler School of Theology: MLKing Worship Service

Thursday, January 18, 11:05 a.m., Cannon Chapel

2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Service at Cannon Chapel

Join Candler Black Church Studies Program in partnership with Cannon Chapel for the 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Roderick Belin, president and publisher of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Publishing House, as the guest preacher. Candler welcomes you in person or via livestream in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and contemporary freedom struggles. Hope to see you here.

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Equitable Dinners Atlanta at Emory

Thursday, January 18, 4:00–6:00 p.m., Robert W. Woodruff Library, Joseph W. Jones Room, 540 Asbury Circle

In collaboration with Equitable Dinners Atlanta and Out of Hand Theater, the Emory Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative is hosting a dinner specifically for the Emory community titled “Equitable Dinners Atlanta for Emory” with a theatrical performance by Nikki Young, associate artistic director with Out of Hand Theater.

Registration Required

School of Medicine Community Engagement Champion Awards

Thursday, January 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Virtual/Webinar

Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center proudly presents the "Community Engagement Champion Awards" in celebration of MLK Jr. Day. This year we honor exceptional community partners who are engaged longitudinally with our medical students through the Community Learning and Social Medicine course. Join us in recognizing their invaluable contributions.

Please register

‘From Here: MLK, Radical Love, and Social Transformation’

Thursday, January 18, 6:00–7:15 p.m., Emory Student Center, Multipurpose Room 1

In 1967, as the revolutionary codes of democracy, justice, and liberty came under increasing attack, Martin Luther King famously asked, "Where do we go from here?" Nearly 60 years later, this question is just as timely. The Emory Conversation Project and Volunteer Emory invite you to participate in a world cafe–style dialogue using King's "Where Do We Go From Here" speech to reconsider and return to radical love as a transformative mode of civic and community engagement. In collaboration with Volunteer Emory’s Social Justice Education Fellows, this dialogue will serve as a deliberative launchpad for Emory Day On. Sponsored by Barkley Forum, Emory Conversation Project, Volunteer Emory, and Social Justice Education Fellows. 

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Emory Unites: Affinity Soirée at the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Thursday, January 18, 7:00–9:00 p.m., 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30313

Join the Emory Alumni Association in celebration of King Week with an exclusive reception at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This event is generously co-hosted by Emory Alumni Board member Nathan Hartman 00C 06L 06T 07B and promises an enriching experience as our diverse Atlanta networks (PRIDE, CEBA, Latinx, Muslim, and APIDA) unite to celebrate our shared commitment to advocacy, equality, and progress. Contact the center for more information.

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Video Showing and Reflections: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Kingian Nonviolence 365 Initiative’

Friday, January 19, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Virtual

Sponsored by the School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Healthcare, and Winship Cancer Institute. Open to the entire Emory community. For more information, please contact Stella Clarke-Dubose at

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‘King Week Feature Episode’

Friday, January 19, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Emory Black Student Union, Cox Hall

Using the tone and environment of Emory's celebration of King Week, All Black Emory (ABE) presents a panel-based dialogue exploring the civil rights movement through the lens of Black women and the diurnal challenges they faced in maintaining the vitality of their families, the movement, and their intersectional politics. Join ABE for its first-ever live audience filming in the Emory Black Student Union. Sponsored by Barkley Forum, All Black Emory, Emory Center for Women, and Emory Black Student Union. Learn more about All Black Emory.


Emory’s Day On

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Emory’s Day On honors the work, legacy, and values of Martin Luther King Jr. As always, we will meet at 11:00 a.m. for our kickoff with food, t-shirts, speeches, and check-in for specific trips. The day concludes with the return of our shuttles around 4:30 p.m. Sign-up opens December 15. Sponsored by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Breakfast Reception

Sunday, January 21, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Breakfast Reception is a gathering for recipients of the Emory University MLK, Jr. Scholarship. Students and alumni will have the opportunity to intellectually engage with each other and celebrate the civil rights leader's life and legacy. Open to current and alumni MLK Jr. Scholars. For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

‘The Book of James: The Power, Politics and Passion of LeBron’

book cover with LaBron James in profile
Book talk and book signing by author Valerie Babb, Wednesday, January 24, 5:00–8:00 p.m., Margaret H. Rollins Room and Foyer, Randall R. Rollins Building

Valerie Babb, Andrew Mellon Professor of Humanities in African American Studies and English at Emory, will talk about her book, The Book of James: The Power, Politics, and Passion of LeBron. A book signing follows. Sponsored by Emory University Department of African American Studies. Emory Bookstore will sell copies of the book in the foyer. Refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks provided. For questions, please contact Chandra Ford at

RSVP required

King Sunday Worship Service

Carol Henderson, Speaker

Celebration poster, download the PDF

Sunday, January 21, 11 a.m., Service and Lunch, Cannon Chapel and Brooks Commons (Live and Zoom)

Carol E. Henderson, PhD, is vice provost for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and adviser to the president at Emory University. She is professor emerita of English and Africana studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author and editor of five books, the special issue editor of four journal collections, and has published numerous essays in critical volumes and journals.

Emory Beloved Community is a weekly ecumenical Protestant worship service planned for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Cannon Chapel during the academic year. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Religious Life.

Off-Campus MLK Jr. Day Programming

As the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and the headquarters of the civil rights movement, the city of Atlanta offers many opportunities to learn and connect with the history of civil rights and ongoing initiatives to continue these efforts. Several institutions to follow include Ebenezer Baptist Church, the MLK Jr. National Historical Park, the King Center, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Past King Week Events

Watch videos of some of last year’s events on the 2023 Emory King Week page.

Emory Black History Month Programming

The events of King Week often continue into February, which is Black History Month. Please see our partner offices below for Black History Month programming.

Conveners: Carol Henderson, chief diversity officer, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, and Gregory McGonigle, dean of religious life, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Office of the President
  • Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue, Campus Life
  • Belonging and Community Justice, Campus Life
  • Candler School of Theology
  • Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Campus Life
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts
  • Emory University Libraries
  • Goizueta Business School
  • James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference
  • Laney Graduate School
  • Office for Undergraduate Education
  • Office of Government and Community Affairs
  • Oxford College
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing