MLK Week

Every year, Susquehanna celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events that bring together the university and local community through learning, service and faith. MLK Week begins with Winter Convocation, which officially marks the start of the spring semester, and includes presentation sessions, service projects and an interfaith service.

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.

2024 Lecture: Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges    

Che “Rhymefest” Kweku

Thursday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.

Degenstein Center Theater


One of hip-hop’s most respected artists, Rhymefest is a writer, artist, activist and teacher known for shattering negative stereotypes about hip-hop and establishing himself as a positive role model for underprivileged youth. As co-founder, president and CEO of the Chicago nonprofit organization Art of Culture, he mentors, teaches writing classes and exposes youth to various career options in music and business.

Rhymefest won two Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award and was the subject of the powerful documentary, In My Father’s House. He was recognized for his hip-hop pedagogy by New York University’s Hip Hop Education Center and in 2016, he was selected as one of Chicago Magazine’s Chicagoans of the Year. He was the first hip-hop artist to be named a prestigious Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and in 2023, he was named a fellow with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Join Us for More Events

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Jan. 25, 26, 30 and Feb. 1 

Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center

Presentations by Susquehanna’s International Student Association, Gender & Sexuality Alliance and Black Student Union, and two guest artists whose exhibition, Disrupting the Expected, will be on display in Lore Degenstein Gallery Jan. 27 through March 3. Registration is required; signup information was emailed to students, faculty and staff.

Justice and Belonging – An Interfaith Service

Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Stretansky Concert Hall, Cunningham Center for Music & Art

This celebration brings together student speakers and community leaders from diverse religious, spiritual and secular traditions.

Multilingual Pop-Up Reading

Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 11:45 a.m.

Mellon Lounge, Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center

Excerpts from MLK’s “The World House,” a chapter in the last book he wrote, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, will be read from a stage near the Burke Hawk Hub.

Service Projects

More information will be shared with students, faculty and staff on service projects and how to sign up.

SU Choir sings at Winter Convocation

Winter Convocation

This tradition officially marks the opening of the spring semester and commemorates the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Inclusive Excellence

We seek a campus community that reflects the rich diversity of humanity with the full participation of those who represent the breadth of human differences.