UAB to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with service, reflection

Participate in UAB Community Month, attend a commemoration celebration Jan. 13 or volunteer for community outreach through MLK’s Beloved Community on Jan. 16.

2023 MLK Event Option 2 550x413January marks the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s seventh annual Community Month, a monthlong celebration of UAB’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Throughout the month of January, Community Month engages students, faculty, staff and the broader community in UAB-centric diversity initiatives. It is hosted by the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Community Month includes events that bring together partners across the city of Birmingham, like Birmingham King Week; collection drives, such as the Ronald McDonald House Collection Drive sponsored by the UAB Graduate School; and service opportunities, like MLK’s Beloved Community, sponsored by UAB’s Leadership and Service Council.

These events allow departments and organizations to showcase their diversity efforts through presentations, lectures and performances. Others will allow participants to take part in critical dialogues and collaborate with local community partners. See a full list of Community Month events here or visit UAB’s Campus Calendar.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Jan. 13

The UAB Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. The event will take place in the UAB Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium, 620 19th St. South. It is free and open to the public.

UAB leaders Anupam Agarwal, M.D., and Mona Fouad, M.D., will discuss the importance of King’s work. UAB’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Paulette Dilworth, Ph.D., is the keynote speaker and will talk about King’s importance and her thoughts about this year’s theme: “Together We Can Be THE Dream.” The event will include a special performance from Miles College Choir. A boxed lunch will be provided to the first 100 in-person attendees. Register to attend the event in person. A virtual option is also available for those who cannot attend in-person; register online.

Register now to volunteer for MLK’s Beloved Community on Jan. 16

MLK’s Beloved Community is an annual event to honor King through community outreach. UAB students, faculty and staff will join forces with Birmingham residents to honor King by moving Birmingham closer to King’s global vision — a “beloved community.” The UAB Leadership and Service Council, a student-led campus organization, hosts this event to allow participants to spend the national holiday volunteering at various locations around the city.

On Monday, Jan. 16, volunteers will travel to their assigned service sites to work from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. These service sites include The Lovelady Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and more. Click here to pre-register. For event information and disability accommodations, call 205-934-8020.