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ARL Libraries Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Last Updated on July 9, 2022, 10:02 am ET

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington, DC, image CC0 by PxHere

ARL member libraries are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 with exhibits and educational events. Below is a list of activities.

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Art and Civil Rights
Online exhibit

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press
Lift Every Voice: Celebrating 250 Years of African American Poetry
Online exhibit

Georgia Tech Library
MLK Jr. 2021 “Day of Service” Library Teach-In focused on the 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah–Jones
January 14, 2021

LSU Libraries
New Arrivals of African American Literature in Special Collections
The new acquisitions include a copy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1958 book Stride toward Freedom.
January 18, 2021

University of Michigan Library
Race, Protest, and Politics: Where Do We Go from Here?
Online lecture/discussion with Mary Frances Berry
January 18, 2021, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives Comes Alive: Young Learners Program—Meet the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Online presentation and discussion for young learners with the Reverend Dr. John Moore portraying the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Recorded on January 14, 2021


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Texas Tech University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion display, January 2021


Texas Tech University Libraries
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion display
January 2021

Texas Tech University Libraries
Display of artwork collected from the community with the theme “Unity in Community” inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.
Beginning January 22, 2021

Vanderbilt Libraries
Virtual Staff Services Day Wikimedia Edit-a-Thon, a voluntary service project for library staff to compile information about Nashville-area social justice organizations
January 18

VCU Libraries
A Face of Change: MLK Day 2021
Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. by Richie Pope displayed on the 21×24-foot Cabell Screen on the library’s facade

University of Washington Libraries
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 Streaming Video Display
A virtual display highlighting streaming videos in the libraries’ collections that touch on themes related to fights for racial and social justice in the United States since the mid-20th century

University of Washington Libraries
UW Libraries MLK Resources
Blog post
January 15, 2021

Yale University Library
The Kings at Yale
Online exhibit documenting visits to Yale University by Martin Luther King Jr. (1959 and 1964) and Coretta Scott King (1969)

Yale University Library
Origins of the Dream: Langston Hughes’s Poetry & Martin Luther King Jr.’s Rhetoric
A special Mondays at Beinecke gallery talk online with W. Jason Miller, Professor of Literature at North Carolina State University
January 18, 2021, 4:00–4:30 p.m. EST


To add your institution’s event to this list, please email amy@arl.org.