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The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Annual celebration of Dr. King's life and work at The Claremont Colleges

Presented by The Claremont Colleges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee, The Office of Black Student Affairs, Scripps Public Events and Community Programs, The Youth Mentoring Action Network and KSPC Radio

Host Campus: Scripps College

We invite The Claremont Colleges community to join us for an exciting celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy under this year’s theme, Education. Empowerment. Purpose.

Our current social and political climate requires us to stand up, not on the sidelines. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his writings and actions, emulated a commitment to social justice, education as liberatory for individual edification and community empowerment. To this end, he inspired those around him to discover, define and refine their purpose in affecting the world around them. It is in this spirit that we call our community to take time to identify their purpose and role, not only today but as they navigate through the world. In the pursuit of thriving, what is your commitment to seeking freedom for all?

This year’s public lecture is presented by Dr. Bettina Love, award-winning author and hip-hop scholar. In her new book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, the University of Georgia associate professor of educational theory and practice weaves together personal stories, research and history to offer visions of education and justice inspired by the teachings and revolutionary spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Events are free and space is limited. Registration is required.


The Annual Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 26 Volunteer with students from across The Claremont Colleges for a morning honoring the work and legacy of Dr. King. Choose between a few hours serving at a local history museum, an animal shelter, a community farm, or writing letters to refugees and residents in assisted living. Join fellow volunteers afterward for a free lunch and a reflection about Dr. King and community engagement. Register now 


The Annual Commemoration Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 29 Featuring student session, public lecture and dinner with Dr. Bettina Love.


All locations are at Scripps College, Claremont

4:30 PM: Student Session with Dr. Bettina Love, free book giveaway, We Want to do More than Survive.” Toll Hall Rec Room. Students only (max: 50) Registration required*

6:00 PM: Public Lecture with Dr. Bettina Love, with book signing: Garrison Theater. Open to all. Ticket and reservation required 

7:30 PM: Dinner for Claremont colleges students, faculty, staff and Youth Mentoring Action Network guests only, with book signing. Registration required.* Space is limited.

*Dinner registration and student session registration are accessible on the same form. Public lecture ticketing is accessible separately through the Scripps Presents website.

For questions or cancellations, contact  


The 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee

Lydia Middleton, Dean and Director, Office of Black Student Affairs, The Claremont Colleges Services (Chair)

Nick Daily, Assistant Dean, Office of Black Student Affairs

Latreace Cox, EdD, Administrative and Events Coordinator, Office of Black Student Affairs

Maritza Arreola, Assistant Director, Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), Scripps College

Vince Greer, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion and Residential Life, Claremont McKenna College

Ariel Carpenter, Assistant Director of Student Life and International Services, Claremont Graduate University

Seth Rushton, Community Service Coordinator, McAlister Center for Religious Activities. The Claremont Colleges Services

Jeff Liou, PhD, Protestant Chaplain, McAlister Center for Religious Activities

Arianna Figueroa, Assistant Dean, Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), Harvey Mudd College

Sandra Vasquez, EdD, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Pitzer College

Andrea Mozqueda, Assistant Director, Student Affairs and Disability Coordinator, Keck Graduate Institute

José Luis Ramirez, Jr., Assistant Director, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Pomona College



The Claremont Colleges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Events Planning Committee is charged with the celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the organization and delivery of key events that anchor the series. The committee is dedicated to highlighting events in The Claremont Colleges specifically designed to uplift the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., particularly those that emphasize interdisciplinary learning, dialogue and community engagement.  Finally, events that fall under the banner of the 7C Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration are to promote active discussion of themes related to local and global social justice, equity and civic responsibility and other concepts as exemplified by the teachings of Dr. King. The committee views the events as a means of encouraging positive relationships between diverse communities of students, faculty and staff within The Claremont Colleges. It is therefore with a sense of purposeful collaboration that the committee seeks to observe and celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in partnership with The Claremont Colleges.


2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Partners

Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, Executive Director, Youth Mentoring Action Network

Corrina Lesser, Director of Public Events and Community Programs, Scripps College