On Monday, January 20, the University will observe a day of remembrance in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Later in the week, on Wednesday, January 22, the University will hold its annual tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy, this year welcoming noted civil rights activist and scholar Lani Guinier to campus as the day’s keynote speaker.

During the 1980s, Guinier served as head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and she also worked in the Civil Rights Division during the Carter administration. In 1998, Guinier became the first African-American woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. In her appearance at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Guinier will speak to Dr. King’s legacy and highlight how his accomplishments have affected her progression in the political and legal sphere.

Schedule of Events

Keynote Luncheon‌
Noon to 1 p.m.
Kasbeer Hall, 15th Floor, Corboy Law Center, Water Tower Campus

Keynote Speech 
5–7 p.m.
Crown Center Auditorium, Lake Shore Campus

7–8 p.m. ‌
Crown Center Lobby, Lake Shore Campus

Sadika Sulaiman Hara, director of the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, emphasizes the importance of Loyola’s annual Dr. King celebration, and she urges students, especially those interested in the legal profession, to attend this year’s event.

“Since the early 90s, Loyola’s annual celebration has spoken to the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean today,” Sulaiman says. “Lani Guinier is renowned in the field of law and we are grateful to have someone of her caliber speaking at this year’s event.”

RSVPs are not required for either event, however, members of the public (non-Loyola affiliates) and larger groups are encouraged to attend the evening event, as more seating is available at that time. For more information on this year’s event, and keynote speaker Lani Guinier, click here.