MLK Week 2022

An annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Salve Regina’s MLK Week examines the history of the civil rights movement and the impact of systemic racism and persistent racial disparities locally and nationally. Through education, dialogue and community engagement and service, MLK Week seeks to advance committed action around the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, particularly anti-racism and nonviolence, and further the mercy, Catholic mission of the University.

Schedule of Events

Monday, Jan. 17

Movie Night and Dialogue
7 p.m., virtual

Join the Salve Regina community for a screening of "Loving" to kick off MLK Week. The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. The film screening will be followed by a dialogue facilitated by student leaders.


Tuesday, Jan. 18

Sabbath Time Vigil for Nonviolence
1:45-2:15 p.m., virtual

Join via Webex

Spoken Word: Bending the Arc of the Universe Toward Justice

6:30 p.m., virtual

Join the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention for a lively spoken word and song event with contributions from students, faculty and staff. Advance the work of justice and mercy and call for social action and transformation in the spirit and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Wednesday, Jan. 19

Town Hall With the Presidential Commission for Equity and Inclusion
3 p.m., virtual

Join the Presidential Commission for Equity and Inclusion for a presentation on the outcomes of the campus climate survey, with an opportunity for community discussion, reflection and input.


Thursday, Jan. 20

Keynote Lecture: "Culture and Caste: Unpacking the Roots of Racism in America"
4 p.m., virtual

Join Isabel Wilkerson, author of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" and "The Warmth of Other Suns," for a lecture exploring the layers of racialized injustice and violence across the American story from foundations to the present. Following the lecture, President Kelli J. Armstrong will facilitate a Q&A with the Salve Regina community. Co-sponsored with the Inclusive Reading Club. Registration is required for virtual attendance.


Friday, Jan. 21

Day of Service
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve." – Martin Luther King Jr. 
Join the Center for Community Engagement and Service for various on- and off-campus service opportunities throughout the day with Salve Regina's community partners around Aquidneck Island. All students, faculty and staff are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Service Opportunities

Additional Programming

Monday, Jan. 17

37th Annual NAACP Birthday Program

Join the NAACP on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for an abbreviated day of community-based events, including the annual torch run from Patriot Park in Middletown to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport and a virtual afternoon program.

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Planning Committee

Rose Albert

Heather Axen

MaryAnne Davey

Santiago Durango

Robin Hoffmann

Victoria Johnson

Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley (co-chair)

Tony LoPresti

Morgan Matos (co-chair)

Dyanna Moreira

Alexia Moreno

Sami Nassim (co-chair)

Tim Neary

Mary Beth Pelletier

Kelly Powers

Albert Watkins


Black Student Union

Center for Community Engagement and Service

College Democrats

College Republicans

Department of History

Department of Psychology

Department of Religious and Theological Studies

Department of Social Work

McAuley Institute for Mercy Education

McKillop Library

Mercy Center for Spiritual Life

Multicultural Student Organization

Office of Mission Integration

Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention

Office of the President

Presidential Commission on Equity and Inclusion

Thoughtful Americans for Truth