Please join UNC Asheville as we remember the lessons and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Key Center hosts the Dr Matrin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2014. For more information, please visit the Key Center's MLK Day of Service website and contact Jess-Mara Jordan at

Friday, January 17

Documentary Film Gideon's Army, Followed by Discussion/Q&A with Filmmaker Dawn Porter and Public Defender Travis Williams

7 pm - Lipinsky Auditorium

As a lawyer, Dawn Porter witnessed a criminal justice system in distress.  Twelve million people are arrested in the United States each year and millions of those cases proceed through the criminal justice system.  It is not uncommon for lawyers to handle hundreds of cases at a time.  

As a lawyer, Dawn Porter struggled with what this mean for our system of justice.  She attempts to document the answer through her film Gideon's Army, which follows three public defenders in the Deep South during their daily mission to counsel hundreds of defendants through a strained criminal justice system.

An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Gideon's Armywas awarded the editing prize at the festival. The film will premiere on HBO summer 2013.

Dawn Porter and Travis Williams, one of the three public defenders followed in the film, will be on hand to discuss the film and its content, and to respond to questions. 

The UNC Asheville film showing is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 18

Citywide MLK Prayer Breakfast

8 am - Grove Park Inn

Students who will like to attend should see Dr. Lamar Hylton in Highsmith 114 or email him at .

Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Day of Service

9:00 am: Welcome and Pre-Reflection - Highsmith University Union, Room 221-222
10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Service and Lunch at community partner site
4:30 pmReturn to campus for Post-Reflection and Dinner - Highsmith University Union, Room 221-222
*All meals will be provided to participants. 

Citywide Peace March & Rally

11 am – St. James AME Church, Asheville, NC 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lunch and Learn Workshop: “Social Justice: What Does It Mean to You?”

12:30 pm - Intercultural Center, Higsmith Union 114

Bring a lunch and enjoy it while participating in this discussion.

American Promise

7 pm - Alumni Hall

This film spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association, Multicultural Student Programs, Key Center, and Education Department.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MLK Week Keynote Speaker: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

7 pm - Lipinsky Auditorium

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Named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences, Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a National Poetry Slam champion. He is a Broadway veteran and was also a featured artist on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO. Joseph created Youth Speaks, where he mentored 13- to 19-year-old writers, and he co-founded Life is Living, a series of festivals designed to activate underresourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Friday, January 24, 2014

Spoken Word and Poetry

8 pm - The Grotto, First Floor - Highsmith Union

Throughout the week, please drop off canned food items to the Intercultural Center (Highsmith 114) to be donated to Manna Food Bank