#GWToDo: Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights hero at GW and around D.C.

January 11, 2024

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall

The George Washington University celebrates its 28th Day of Service and Leadership in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, kicking off a week of programming honoring the giant of the civil rights movement. This year’s theme, “The Harmony of Hope,” highlights the intricate relationship between community, activism and solidarity, emphasizing the essential truth that hope thrives in community and community thrives through its people. GW Today has gathered a selection of things to do on campus and in the area, with starred listings indicating GW King Week events.

Sunday, Jan. 14

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” film screening
1:30 p.m.
Free, registration required
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St., NW

Monday, Jan. 15

*Stones of Hope: A Testament of Community
Ongoing through Jan. 31
Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) Gallery
University Student Center, 5th floor
801 21st St., NW

*Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service and Leadership
11 a.m.
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW

Annual D.C. Peace Walk and Parade
11 a.m.
R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center
2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE

The People’s Holiday: The Many Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
11 a.m.
Free, registration required
National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave., NW

Let Freedom Ring Celebration featuring Jordin Sparks, Nolan Williams Jr., Cécile McLorin Salvant
6 p.m.
Free, registration required (available Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m.)
In person and online
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F St., NW

Tuesday, Jan. 16

*8th Annual School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Lecture Series, "Advancing the Dream: From Dream to Reality–The Journey Continues"
Free, registration requested
Ross Hall, Room 117
2300 I St., NW

Wednesday, Jan. 17

*“Rustin” film screening and discussion
6 p.m.
Free, registration requested by Jan. 15
University Student Center Amphitheatre
800 21st St., NW

Thursday, Jan. 18

*“Awakening Knowledge of Self: Don’t Sleep During the Revolution”
6 p.m.
Free, registration requested by Jan. 17
MSSC Multipurpose Room

Friday, Jan. 18

*Art at the Center: An Interactive Experience
MSSC Gallery

Tuesday, Jan. 30

*4th Annual Graduate School of Education and Human Development MLK Lecture, "There's Power in Representation": Stories of Disabled Teachers
Time and location TBD