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34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Student Committee announces 2019 theme

Commemoration week celebrating civil rights leader's life and legacy to be held Jan. 21-25

The 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week theme is "Where Do We Go From Here: A Tradition of Resistance." Credit: Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Committee announced today (Dec. 3) the theme for the 2019 MLK Jr. Commemoration Week at Penn State.

“Where Do We Go From Here: A Tradition of Resistance” will celebrate King’s life and legacy throughout the week of Jan. 21-25.

“We are extremely excited for the 2018-2019 commemoration year,” said Awaly Diallo, executive director of the student committee. “As we pay homage to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination through this theme, we will pull from the tradition of resistance to evoke a sense of proactiveness and student activism that reflects the strength and courage of the civil rights movement.”

The student committee also announced two student scholarships, named in honor of two prominent civil rights activists — American novelist and social critic James Baldwin, and journalist, educator and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells — and a faculty/staff award named in honor of civil rights and human rights activist Ella Baker.

More information about the scholarships and a complete list of events will be available in the next few weeks. For up-to-date information as it is released, follow the committee on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or contact

The theme for the 2019 Martin Luther King Commemoration Week, Jan. 21-25, 2019, is "Where Do We Go From Here: A Tradition of Resistance." Credit: MLK Jr. Student CommitteeAll Rights Reserved.

Last Updated December 04, 2018