Commemorating MLK, Jr. Day 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 16

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Day of Service Project

Upper Tarble, 10AM-12PM
Community volunteers will assemble packages of school supplies for students in Chester, PA followed by a lunch for Day of Service volunteers.
Donation boxes are now located in Science Center Commons, BCC, Parrish, Bond Hall, and the Bookstore. Supplies needed include paper, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, gluesticks, folders, calculators, erasers, copy paper, coloring books, puzzles, and board games.
Donations by Friday, January 13 are most appreciated - although we will accept them up until the start of the service project on MLKing Day.
To sign up for the morning of service, email Joyce Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at, or Dion Lewis, Director of the Black Cultural Center and Dean of the Junior Class, at


Dismantling Systemic Oppression Workshop

Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room, 2PM-4PM

Pre-registration requested:

In this workshop we will develop shared language and a deeper analysis of how systemic oppression operates. Together we will map what it looks like when systems like white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, homo- and transphobia, ableism, etc. influence and affect our day-to-day interactions, as well as organizational operations and practices.
We will leave with a more comprehensive and complicated understanding of these systems, as well as action steps and resources to make concrete changes and impacts.
Facilitated by AORTA AntiOppression Training Alliance.

Tuesday, January 17

Candlelight Vigil

BCC Porch, 7PM

This vigil will bring the Swarthmore community together in remembrance of those who have suffered (and are suffering) injustice in our present systems.

Thursday, January 19

BOYCOTT  (Movie screening)

LPAC Cinema, 7PM 

Boycott is a 2001 American television film directed by Clark Johnson, and starring Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King Jr. The film, based on the book Daybreak of Freedom by Stewart Burns, tells the story of the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Discussion with filmmaker Clark Johnson to follow the screening.

Friday, January 20

Collection and Reception with Keynote Speaker Clark Johnson

Friends Meeting House, 12:30PM-1:30PM

Join together with faculty, staff, and students for a campus-wide community collection including a time for reflection with Keynote Speaker Clark Johnson and a special performance from the Swarthmore College Gospel Choir. Reception immediately following in the Whittier Room. 


Black Cultural Center (BCC), Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Women's Resource Center, Office of the President, Student Budget Committee