Penn State Brandywine Events to Honor Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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MEDIA, PA — Penn State Brandywine’s Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement will host a series of virtual events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The programs are presented in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, whose 2021 theme is “Justice and the COVID-19 Health Crisis.”

All programs are presented through Zoom and are open to the public at no charge. Event details and registration links are available online at

On January 18, 7-10 p.m., the 2014 historical drama “Selma” will be streamed. The film is based on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches initiated and directed by James Bevel and led by Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams and John Lewis.

On January 19, 12-1:15 p.m., a panel of staff and faculty from Penn State’s Brandywine and Abington campuses will discuss the inequities of COVID-19 and race.

On January 20, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., the campus will host a watch party and livestream of the presidential inauguration.

On January 25, 12-1:15 p.m., the campus will hold a screening and discussion of a segment of “Unnatural Causes,” a PBS documentary series exploring the racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.

On January 26, 12-1:15 p.m., the campus will explore the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on people of color using the living room conversation model to facilitate discussion and exchange ideas.

On January 27, 7-10 p.m., the legal drama film “Just Mercy” will be streamed. The film is based on the real-life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, who fought tirelessly to overturn the conviction of Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl despite evidence proving his innocence.

For additional information about the events, contact Vippy Yee, Rosenberg Director of the Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement, at [email protected].

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