2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Holding on to a Dream on Hold: Access to education for an underrepresented America


Monday, January 20

Kick-off Breakfast: “A Conversation with Collin Williams, Jr.”


Details:  8:00-9:00am, Black Cultural Center


Swarthmore staff are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and join Collin Williams Jr. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in a conversation about the barriers to higher education for underrepresented student groups.  



Welcome Luncheon and Keynote Speaker Collin Williams, Jr.:

"Like You've Never Seen Obstacles" 


Details: 12:30-2pm, Bond Memorial Hall


Sharing his personal experiences as a first-generation college graduate with West Indian roots, Collin Williams, Jr. will give a riveting talk on the struggles of Black and Latino students in America and his current research with Dr. Shaun Harper at the University of Pennsylvania. Opening remarks will be given by Naudia Williams ’14.



Wednesday, January 22

Luncheon and short documentary


“The Story of Higher Education for Undocumented Students”



Details: 12:00-1:30pm (film to begin at 12:15pm), Black Cultural Center



Enjoy lunch and a lively discussion with colleagues about the state of higher education for undocumented students. A short documentary highlighting the revolutionary work of Freedom University will be shown, with closing remarks to be given by Jennifer Marks-Gold, International Students and Scholars Advisor at Swarthmore.



Movie Screening:  To be announced



Snacks will be provided.


Details: 7:00-9:00pm, Scheuer Room



Friday, January 24

Collection and Reception


“Reflecting on our past and present: Three Generations of Swarthmore Black Men”


Details: 12:30-1:30pm, Friends Meeting House


Guest speakers Maurice Eldridge, Professor Keith Reeves, and Paul Cato ’14 will offer some brief remarks about their Swarthmore experiences with a special performance by the BCC Gospel Choir.




Black Cultural Center (BCC), Black Studies Program, Deans Office, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development, Intercultural Center, Office of the President, Provost’s Office, Swarthmore College Gospel Choir