MLK Celebration at Fairfield University, Jan. 26 – 31

MLK Celebration at Fairfield University, Jan. 26 – 31

Nikole Hannah-Jones, this year's MLK keynote speaker.

The theme of the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is “The Challenge of Change: Intersectional Justice and Democracy.”

Fairfield University’s annual commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. features a series of campus-wide events designed to inspire all to continue on with the important work reflected in the words, writings, and actions of Dr. King.

"The Fairfield University community is proud to celebrate the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a number of programs," stated Ophelie Rowe-Allen, EdD, associate dean of students and director of Residence Life. "We hope that the variety of programs planned by the MLK committee will intersect with the work we are currently doing across disciplines and within different communities. In furthering Dr. King’s legacy, we invite the greater Fairfield community to participate in discourse on racial justice by attending one or more of the events to better understand each other and recognize our shared human dignity.

The 2020 MLK, Jr. Convocation, an integral part of the celebration, will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at 8 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts where Award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times Magazine staff writer Nikole Hannah-Jones will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Convocation will be preceded by a dinner and awards presentation. The Vision Award recipients — individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the ideals and values of Dr. King — will be honored, as will the winners of the annual essay contest for middle school students. This year’s Vision Awards are being presented to Silvia Marsans-Sakly, PhD, assistant professor of history; Julie Barbero Mughal, associate director of the Center for Social Impact, and Luckario Alcide '21. Additionally, Mary Francis Malone, PhD will be presented with the Lifetime Service Award.

In addition to the Convocation, the committee has planned a series of events to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy including a gospel concert, a New Mosaic performance and lecture featuring Noah Baerman from Resonant Motion Inc., a campus visit from the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Academy, and a retrospective celebration of activism on campus.

For more information about this year’s MLK Jr. celebration, please visit

Gospel Concert

Date: Sunday, January 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Egan Chapel

Celebration of Activism

Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: The Tully Lobby

The New Mosaic Performance and Lecture featuring Noah Baerman from Resonant Motion Inc.

Date: Tuesday, January 28
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Barone Campus Lower Level

Additional Details:

Following the 2017 release of her debut solo EP, "Young", Erica T. Bryan of West End Blend brings her powerhouse vocals to a fresh neo-soul project. Together, with Tom Sullivan (West End Blend), Mike Carabello (The Lost Tribe), and Dwayne Keith (Keepers of the Vibe) the quartet lays down a collage of R&B, funk and jazz inspired by the artistry of Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan, Sade and more. Erica T. Bryan and friends present: The New Mosaic.

Noah Baerman from Resonant Motion Inc. will kick the night off prior to Erica & the New Mosaic performance and will speak about his non-profit organization in New Haven, Resonant Motion Inc., and share some of his own music that he has created inspired by Dr. King.

Vision Awards Dinner

Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Barone Campus Center Oak Room

MLK Convocation: Nikole Hannah-Jones

Date: Wednesday, January 29
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Quick Center for the Arts

Additional Details:

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation by visiting, or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

Youth Academy

Date: Friday, January 31
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Barone Campus Center Oak Room

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