Celebrating MLK’s legacy

Each year, during the month of January, Penn and the surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, programming and events run through Friday, Jan. 29, and include talks, music performances, and a film screening.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., attend the 2016 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice, featuring Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of the three founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, in conversation with Camille Z. Charles, professor of sociology, Africana studies, and education, and director of the Center for Africana Studies. The talk takes place in Zellerbach Auditorium, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.

The Faculty Senate is sponsoring a town hall meeting with a panel of students and faculty discussing “Race and Respect in the Classroom” on Monday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event takes place in Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium will be held at the Smilow Center for Translational Research, Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium, 3400 Civic Center Blvd. The keynote speaker will be Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.

On Friday, Jan. 29, from noon to 5 p.m., the School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Africana Studies, Center for Africana Studies, Middle East Center, and Music Department present a symposium on War and Peace in Africa. Presenters from Penn will explore the reasons behind the conflicts in Africa and the peace initiatives and their ramifications both regionally and globally. The colloquium will also shed light on the non-violent means in ending conflicts. The event takes place in the Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 26th St.

For a complete list of events, go to the MLK Symposium website.