Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week

January 18th 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week is an especially meaningful yearly event for the Caltech Y because Dr. King himself spoke on campus in 1958 as part the Caltech Y Leaders of America Series. Once again, the Caltech Y teamed up with the Caltech Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CCID) to present a weeklong lineup of events commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the week, the Caltech Y also promoted service opportunities as a great way to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and make a tangible difference in our community.

The week kicked off on January 18th with our MLK Keynote “What Does a Racially Just Pasadena Look Like?: Localizing Dr. King’s Beloved Community” with John Williams, the Director of the Center for Racial Reconciliation at Fellowship Monrovia Church. Williams, an attorney by trade, has dedicated his life to racial justice and education. He regularly guides civil rights journeys to the American South that explore African American history, hosts cultural trips around Greater Los Angeles focused on African American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Asian American cultures and history, and mediates and facilitates sessions for individuals and small groups in alternative dispute and conflict resolution. The keynote presentation via Zoom drew 115 attendees.

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