Every year, the WUSM School of Medicine community honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a week of programming open to our campus and community. Events include keynote speakers, service opportunities, panel discussions, and more.

MLK Week Commemoration 2022

What are You Doing for Others? Cultivating Community, Empathy, and Change

We are excited to share something to look forward to with annual MLK Week Commemoration 2022!

The week will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Metzl followed by a conversation with Dean Perlmutter. Also featured is the annual State of Diversity at WUSM by Sherree Wilson, PhD, AVC and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WUSM. We will host community discussions on WUSM Leadership’s Commitment to Anti-racism, and other opportunities for learning and fostering well-being as we work for change. 

Cultivating Community – A Day On Not Off!
Monday, January 17, 2022 | Times vary
Whether through time or treasure we are hoping to make it easier for the WUSM community to be of service to our local community on this day and beyond.

Cultivating Empathy & Change – Recognizing the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her Immortal Cells!
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm*
We will view part of the 1997 documentary film The Way of All Flesh, followed by a facilitated discussion. *virtual event

Cultivating Change – MLK Week Keynote, Dr. Johnathan Metzl
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 11:30am-1:00pm*
Dr. Metzl will discuss his book “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial
Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland” followed by conversation with Dean Perlmutter. *virtual event

Cultivating Community & Empathy – Celebrating Black Joy and Healing with Yoga/Wellness practice led by the Collective STL
Thursday, January 20, 2022 | Morning and Evening Sessions*
“Rest is a beautiful form of resistance. It disrupts the idea that we are not doing enough. We are enough.” – The Nap Ministry
We will offer a morning and evening session of yoga for healing. Details to follow.
*virtual event

Cultivating Change – State of Diversity Address, Sherree Wilson, PhD
AVC and AD of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicin

Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:00-1:00pm *virtual event

Cultivating Community Discussions: WUSM Leadership’s Commitment to Antiracism Statement
The address will be followed by a one-hour discussion centered on WUSM
Leadership Commitment to Antiracism Community Discussion. (Follows the State of Diversity address) *virtual event

As always we encourage you to mark your calendars, look out for updates and share these opportunities with your colleagues and partners.  You can look for registration information on events page.

Past events:

2021 MLK Commemoration Week program »

2020 MLK Commemoration Week program »