MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance is

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Register to Perform / Register to Submit Visual Art

"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a master orator. He understood that words have power as time-and-time again, he so eloquently used his voice to shed light on injustices. This year, Georgetown University honors Dr. King's legacy of captivating hearts, and ears through an evening of spoken word, poetry and music highlighting his speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop." We hope that, through this evening of reflection and artistic expression, we can stir imaginations for change and hope for the future.

MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 6:00PM-9:00PM in the Healey Family Student Center Social Room. The evening will consist of original spoken word and poetry readings, musical performances from students and organizations, as well as a visual art share. We will also have service activities to support low-income youth, and families. Food will be provided.

This event is part of Georgetown University's "Let Freedom Ring!" Initiative of the Office of the President, which highlights the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you need to request an accommodation related to a disability for this event, please fill out CSJ's accommodation request form or contact CSJ's Operations Officer Caitlin Miller.

Register to Perform Spoken Word, or a Musical Performance for MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance

All spoken word, poetry and musical performances must include a theme from Dr. King's speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop."  Elements included in Dr. King's speech that you could highlight are:

  • Racial Justice
  • Labor Justice
  • Unity in the US
  • Economic boycotts as one form of nonviolent protest
  • Nonviolence as the only option, not a choice
  • Empowering black businesses
  • "Rise up" and "I wouldn't stop there"
  • "Long haul" = don't give up

Register to Display Visual Art for MLK Evening of Hope and Resistance

Register to have attendees see and experience your visual art during the event. Art submitted will be on display throughout the evening, and will be ranked by attendees for best capturing the essence of Dr. King’s, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Three audience choices will be selected. You may also highlight some of the themes indicated above in your art. By Wednesday, February 14 at 5:00PM, all visual art must be either emailed to CSJ's Whitney Maddox or submitted to Whitney in-person at Poulton Hall, Suite 130.

Visual art can include, but is not limited to:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Video (2 minutes or less)

Please send all questions to CSJ's Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership, Whitney Maddox.

Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reacts with a peace sign in St. Augustine, Fla., after learning that the Senate passed the Civil Rights Bill, June 19, 1964.