Swarthmore to Commemorate Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BCC Candlelight Vigil

Among this year's events is the annual candlelight vigil at the Black Cultural Center.

The College community will honor and commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a series of educational and inspirational events later this month:

Tuesday, January 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. (Scheuer Room): The program kicks off with a social justice workshop presented by the Aorta Foundation. In “Fighting the Systems: Destabilizing Systemic Oppression,” community members will develop a shared language and a deeper analysis of how systemic oppression operates to better understand how we can transform ourselves and our organizations, workplaces, and communities.

Wednesday, January 24 at 6 p.m. (Black Cultural Center): A candlelight vigil will be held in honor of those who have suffered while promoting equality and inclusion.

Thursday, January 25 at 7 p.m. (Scheuer Room): Racial justice and mindfulness mentor Amanda Kemp and her husband, musician Michael Jamanis, will present “Say the Wrong Thing! Racial Justice from the Heart.” They will take the audience “on a musical and poetic journey” through the evolution of a sometimes conflicting creative relationship that led to their signature piece, "The Chaconne Emancipated." 

Friday, January 26 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (Friends Meeting House): The commemoration concludes with a collection in memory of Dr. King.

Sponsoring the events are the Black Cultural Center, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Office of the President.