2016 Day of Service: Monday, January 18


Recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthdate has been a tradition at the University of Iowa since 1969, and the national holiday has been observed through human rights programs since its inception in 1986. In 1990 the University initiated the Human Rights convocation program. Afternoon classes were cancelled to encourage student, faculty, and staff participation in programs that encourage dialogue about diversity and reinforce the principle that the University is a forum for the free exchange of ideas. The convocation has been an opportunity for serious thinking by all of us about issues of social justice, human rights, and world peace.

An official University holiday was designated in 1995 to provide an opportunity to engage the University community in a discussion of the human values that the King holiday epitomizes. These initial events have grown into a campus wide celebration that engages faculty, staff, students and community members to give lectures, discussions, and cultural arts presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

See the events list.

Participating Agencies

  • Shelter House Community Shelter & Transition Services
  • The Crisis Center of Johnson County (Food Bank)

Food/Item Drive at Local Hy-Vee Stores

In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will focus on the areas of hunger and homelessness that affect Iowa City and Coralville communities by collecting items at four local Hy-Vee stores for Shelter House and Crisis Center. Please note that this event takes place the day before classes resume during the spring semester.

For more information on participating, call 319-335-3059


Date: January 18th, 2016

Time: 9am-2:30pm

Location: Currier MPR

Join us for:

  • Free Breakfast
  • Community Service
  • Free Lunch
  • Guest Speaker
  • Awards and Recognition

RSVP to participate here.