MLK Holiday Observance

‌2014 MLK Ripple of Hope Scholarship

rippleMartin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is accepting applications for the 2014 MLK Ripple of Hope Scholarship. This $1500 award will be given to one current Fairfield University undergraduate student who exhibits the moral courage and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Applicants must embody a fervor for social justice and maintain a spirit of hope and dignity, vital for those who seek change in the world. Demonstrated financial need is also a factor in the selection process.

Applications will be accepted online only and are due by Friday, March 21 at 4 p.m. Students must also submit a resume to complete their application. To apply online, please click here.

For more information about the Ripple of Hope Scholarship or the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, please contact Fred J. Kuo, Director of Student Involvement, or Dr. Kris Sealey, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Author of "The Butler" - Wil Haygood, 2014 MLK Speaker

‌For more than 25 years, Fairfield University has convened the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Committee. This Committee is charged with creating a series of events that invigorate the spirit and inspire all to continue on with the important work reflected in the words, writings, and actions of Dr. King.

Wil Haygood was the MLK Convocation speaker. Haygood has gotten much acclaim for his part in bringing Lee Daniels' The Butler tWill Haygoodo movie screens everywhere. Mr. Haygood is a Washington Post writer and author of several books, including "Two on the River" and "King of Cats: ‌The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr."

It was Haygood’s story - written during President Obama's first campaign - about White House butler Eugene Allen that formed the basis for the very popular movie, starring Forest Whitaker. Mr. Allen served eight presidents over 34 years and was truly "a witness to history."

In keeping with that theme, the focus of the MLK Observance was "Witness to History: Everyday Revolutions & the Struggle for Justice."

See the 2014 awards ceremony


Following is a brief overview of some of the exciting events that took place.

Friday, January 17 and/or January 24, 2014

  • Movie Screening: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Tuesday, January 28

  • Memorial March through Campus

Wednesday, January 29

  • Day of Service

Thursday, January 30

  • Convocation Reception
  • Pre-Convocation performance with the Fairfield University Glee Club
  • MLK Convocation featuring Wil Haygood and the Vision Awards Connecticut Post Essay Contest presentations
  • Interviews with Student & University Media

Friday, January 31

  • Youth Leadership Academy
  • Poetry for Peace

View the movie trailer

Contact Information

Fred J. Kuo
Director, Student Involvement
(203) 254-4000 ext. 3733

Kris Sealey
Associate Professor of Philosophy
(203) 254-4000, ext. 3020

Related information

Diversity Vision Statement | Student Diversity Programs