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Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

Resources and Reflections

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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation is a part of a larger, sustained conversation on racial justice. Loyola encourages students, faculty, and staff to continue the conversation on campus and in the Loyola community, which is in line with the great Jesuit traditions of reflection, discernment, and engagement amid the University's commitment to social justice and care and concern for others. Related events—on and off campus—may help facilitate discussion. Loyola hopes that you may seek out organizations and events doing the work of racial justice in your communities at Loyola, in Baltimore, and beyond. You might seek out such conversations and trace the threads between them.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Events

In addition to attending the Convocation, we encourage you to make Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, January 21, an active and thoughtful one to reflect on the legacy and work of Dr. King. A list of service-day activities being offered throughout the city are listed below.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration 
    January 17, 2019, 5 - 8 p.m.
    Walter's Art Museum

    Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the nation’s most important civil rights leaders. Enjoy presentations by the Baltimore Urban Debate League and a performance by the local music-driven art ensemble Afro House & The Astronaut Symphony. Take part in special art-making activities and a scavenger hunt. Commemorate the evening  and stop by the free photo booth. Special guests also include the Walters Teen Arts Council, Synergy Baltimore, The Enoch Pratt Free Library, the YMCA, and the Baltimore Algebra Project.
  • Honoring the Dream: MLK Commemoration 2019 at St. Ignatius
    January 18 - 22. 2019
    St. Ignatius Catholic Community

    Join St. Ignatius Catholic Community as they celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through films, talks, and a walk for peace. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events, please visit their website.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," Weekend
    January 21, 2019, All Day
    Port Discovery Museum

    Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr., made on America and the world. Learn from the African American Quilters of Baltimore, take a step back in time during Living History performances featuring prominent African Americans and so much more! Educational activities are planned daily throughout the entire weekend.
  • MLK Day of Service
    January 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Civic Works

    Join Civic Works and our partners for a day of service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us work together to bring to life Dr. King's vision of a beloved community. Civic Works will be working on different community lot projects throughout Baltimore. Wear warm clothes and come ready for a productive day!
  • MLK Dare to Dream Day 
    January 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    American Visionary Museum

    A celebration honoring one of history's greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for special performances by DewMore Baltimore, Chin-Yer Wright, Kondwani Fidel, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company. Plus, enjoy birthday cake, a hands-on art workshop, and more at this FREE, fun-filled day!
  • Kaiser Permanente Presents: MLK Day Celebration and Day of Service 2019
    January 21, 2019, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Reginald F. Lewis Museum

    Celebrate the holiday with musical performances, theater readings, a book discussion with Dr. King’s barber, films and craft activities for the family. Kaiser Permanente will provide an array of resource services for the community including free health screenings.
  • 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade
    January 21, 2019, 12 - 2 p.m.
    The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

    Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrates the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 21, 2019 at noon. More than 70 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street.
  • Hope and Renewal Interfaith Prayer Service 
    January 25, 2019, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Loyola University Maryland, Alumni Memorial Chapel

    Each year in January we begin our spring semester with an Interfaith Hope and Renewal Prayer Service (H.A.R.P.S.) to serve as a blessing for our Loyola community. H.A.R.P.S. recognizes the diversity and richness of the various faith traditions represented at Loyola and in our surrounding communities. Leaders from local faith communities, faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners all share together in prayers, readings, reflections and blessings to inspire hope and renewal in the life of our community. For more information, please contact Rev. Scott Adams.

Some Highlights of Gay's Written Works


  • Ayiti
  • Bad Feminist
  • The Best American Short Stories
  • Black Panther: World of Wakanda
  • Difficult Women
  • Hunger
  • Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
  • An Untamed State

Short Fiction Prints

  • "The Year I Learned Everything"
  • "Sentimental Lies, Marvelous Creatures, Stiff Creams and Veloutes"
  • "Sweet on the Tongue"
  • "Through the Womb"
  • "Who We are Beneath the Glass"
  • "Requiem for a Glass Heart"
  • "In the Event of My Father's Death"
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