Every year, Susquehanna marks the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong slate of events that bring together the campus and local community through learning, music and faith. MLK Week begins with Winter Convocation, which officially marks the start of the spring semester.
Winter Convocation is our premier event honoring Dr. King, and a guest speaker ties the legacy of the civil rights movement to current events. Past speakers and performers have included co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, LaTosha Brown, actor Bryan Terrell Clark, professional football player Michael Sam, journalist and human rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, civil rights activist and author Mary Frances Berry and others.
Additionally, MLK Week includes a day of teaching, day of service and interfaith service that brings together students, faculty and staff of all faith backgrounds to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.
A Day of Teaching Schedule
2023 Guest Speaker: Autumn Rose Miskweminanocsqua Williams
Activist and former Miss Native American USA
Weber Chapel Auditorium
Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Miskweminanocsqua Williams was born and raised on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, New York. Being immersed in her culture from birth has given her pride in her Black and Indigenous heritage and is the foundation for the work she does today.
She has served the Administration for Native Americans to help champion issues related to Indigenous communities within the lower 48, Alaska and across the Pacific Region, including Hawaii, American Sāmoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Miskweminanocsqua Williams currently works for ICF Next as a multicultural communications specialist, advocating for the vast range of Native American communities. A former Miss Native American USA, she is a plus-size model, which allows her to face her body image issues head-on and amplify her message of self-love and empowerment.