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Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Villanova University School of Law will mark its annual commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with three events in January 2016 as part of a University-wide celebration.


Tuesday, Jan. 26

Yasser Payne

The Law School presents its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP. This year’s featured speaker Yasser Payne, Associate Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware, will talk on “School-to-Prison Pipeline in the 21st Century: Understanding the Educational Experiences of The Streets of Black America.”

The event takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 4:30-6 p.m., in the Laurence E. Hirsch Classroom (room 101), with a reception to follow in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons. This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 CLE ethics credit. To register for this event, click here.

Thursday, Jan. 28

“Pull of Gravity,” a film about three men each attempting to make his way along the challenging continuum of reentry, will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-6 p.m. in the Arthur M. Goldberg ’66 Commons. Every year in the United States, 700,000 people are released from prison, and within three years 67 percent will re-offend. Over the last few years, reentry has become a hot topic of discussion within the criminal justice sector. Incarceration and recidivism are costly—burdening government and agency budgets that have been increasingly scrutinized during a period of extended economic retrenchment. Equally significant is the lost human potential and the collateral impact on families and communities. With full support from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “Pull of Gravity” expects to unfold as a multi-faceted project that exposes the juggernaut of reentry.


Monday, Jan. 18

On Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, members of the Law School community participate in the ninth annual MLK Day of Service, a day when people of all ages and backgrounds across the nation come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers and move our nation closer to the "Beloved Community" that Dr. King envisioned.