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MLK Commemorative Lecture and Events

Trinity University will honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. with a public lecture and participation in a San Antonio march commemorating the slain civil rights leader.  Trinity University and San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission's annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture will feature Ijeoma Oluo as the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus.

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets. 

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this lecture, please contact Diversity and Inclusion at 210-999-8059.

Participate in the San Antonio MLK Jr March

The City of San Antonio MLK Jr. March is Monday, Jan. 21. Join the TU community in an annual tradition as we march for equity for all and speak truth to power. Meet at the Bell Center Plaza at 8:30 a.m. to board buses and receive a shirt (while supplies last). One bus will stay at the end of the March route for those who want to listen to speakers. All other buses will return to campus (arriving on campus at approximately 1:30 p.m.) Bring cash for food and wear comfortable shoes.

For more information, contact diversity [at] View the complete list of previous MLK Jr. lectures.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2019 Schedule of Events "Speaking Truth to Power"

January 18
Flashback Friday: Songs of Social Justice, 1-3p.m. – Diversity and Inclusion Office, 112 Coates Student Center 
Snacks and poster making

January 20
St. Paul United Methodist Church Service & Community Conversation, 10 a.m. – St. Paul United Methodist Church
Lunch and limited transportation provided. For more information: diversity [at]

January 21
San Antonio MLK Jr. March, 8:30 a.m. – Bell Center Plaza

January 22
Film & Discussion: "Brother Outsider", 7:00 p.m. – Waxahachie
Snacks provided

January 23
Open Mic: Speaking Truth to Power, 7:00 p.m. – Skyline Room
Refreshments provided

January 24
MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture, 7:30 p.m. – Laurie Auditorium

Previous Lectures

2018- Kathleen Neal Cleaver

2017 - Marc Lamont Hill 

2016 - Freeman Hrabowski
2015 - Tim Wise
2014 - Julianne Malveaux
2013 - Boyce Watkins
2012 - Ilyasah Shabazz
2011 - Marc Lamont Hill
2010 - Angela Davis
2009 - L. Douglas Wilder
2008 - Nikki Giovanni
2007 - Chuck D
2006 - Randall Kennedy
2005 - Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Rev. Claude Black, & Diane Nash
2004 - Thomas W. Dortch
2003 - Bernice King
2002 - A' Leila Bundles
2001 - Johnetta Cole
2000 - Derrick Bell
1999 - William H. Gray
1998 - Julian Bond
1997 - Clarence Page