How to Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Drexel

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Drexel students, faculty and staff have several opportunities to observe and reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18.

DrexelNow has compiled a list of events that will honor and remember the struggles of men, women and children fighting for civil rights and also carry on the spirit of King’s work.

“MLK Day of Service” — Thursday, Jan. 18, 10 am – 12 pm, Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Drexel’s West Phila. Action for Early Learning Initiative will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Family Read-Along and Book Distribution as part of the annual MLK Day of Service at Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden Street. Activities will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, from 10 am to noon. Parents, caregivers and children of all ages are encouraged to participate. Children’s books will be distributed. Raffle prizes include two netbook computers.

Space and supplies are limited. Register at or call 267.777.5897.

Action for Early Learning is an initiative of Drexel’s Office University and Community Partnerships.

More information available here.

“Drexel Racial Justice Retreat” — Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 am – 5:30 pm, James E. Marks Intercultural Center, 3225 Arch Street (the lower level of the Paul Peck Problem Solving & Research Building)

This retreat is a part of a series hosted by the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC) that will introduce students to the ways in which race, power, privilege, class, gender, sexuality and religion intersect in American society. They will gain a better understanding of their own, and others’, relationships with each of these areas. This fall retreat will focus on racial justice and leadership.

1. Students will be introduced to the ways in which race, power, privilege and class intersect in American society.  
2. Students will have better awareness of key moments of the racial history in the United States.
3. Students will gain a better understanding of their own and others life experiences.
4. Student will feel more empowered to be an ally to others individually.
5. Student will feel more empowered to build community across difference.

Register for this event here.

This retreat is CEO LEAD certified. Participants can earn up to two CEO LEAD credits to put toward receiving a leadership certificate from Drexel’s Office of Student Leadership Development.

For more details about CEO LEAD, click here.

This event is sponsored by the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, Hillel, Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages and Student Leadership Development.

“Leading for Change” — Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Enterprise Center,

4548 Market Street

The Leading for Change Fellowship presents the “I Dream a City Teach In.”

Come be part of Drexel's leadership and entrepreneurial movement to improve Philadelphia as it strives to bring together strong leaders, on every level, to address the pernicious impact of poverty.

This six-hour discussion on leadership, entrepreneurship and poverty, race and well-being will feature keynote speakers, forums and discussion questions. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with local experts and leaders to get first hand insights into the latest issues on matters related to leadership, poverty, race and well-being in Philadelphian order to end financial disparities in the City of Brotherly Love

For more information and to register, click here.

“MLK Day of Service at Lee Cultural Center” — Monday, Jan. 18, 9 am – 1 pm, Lee Cultural Center, 4328 Haverford Avenue

Join the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and The DREAM Program, Inc. for a day of volunteer service at Lee Cultural Center in West Philadelphia.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in painting and indoor renovation projects with The DREAM Program. Their mission is to build communities of families and college students that empower youth from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions and achieve their dreams.

Lunch and transportation will be provided. To register, click here. For additional information, email