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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 Kathleen Neal Cleaver as the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus.

Photo of Kathleen Neal Cleaver

Kathleen Neal Cleaver has spent most of her life participating in the human rights struggle. Since 2000 Cleaver has served as the co-director of the Human Rights Research Fund, part of a network of anti-racist organizations that document violations of the human rights of U.S. citizens who challenge the racist and military policies within the United States. Cleaver is also currently a senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law. From 1967 to 1971 Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther Party and the first woman member of their central committee. After sharing years of exile with her former husband Eldridge Cleaver in Algeria and France, she returned to the United States in late 1975.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this lecture, please contact Student Involvement at 210-999-7547.

Participate in the San Antonio MLK Jr March

The 50th Anniversary of the City of San Antonio MLK Jr. March is Monday, Jan. 15. Join the TU community in an annual tradition as we march for equity for all. 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 12:30 p.m.) Bring cash for food and wear comfortable shoes.

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

Schedule of Events

January 10
Super Nacho Hour, 3:33 p.m. – Coates University Center Lobby

January 11
MLK Jr. Lecture, 7:30 p.m. – Laurie Auditorium

January 12
Discussion: The Black Experience, 1 p.m. – Coates University Center

January 14
Film: "I Am Not Your Negro", 7:30 p.m. – Fiesta Room
Snacks and poster making

January 15
San Antonio MLK Jr. March, 8:30 a.m. – Bell Center Plaza

January 18
Activism Fair, 1 p.m. – Esplanade
Refreshments provided

Previous Lectures

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