The Fierce Urgency of Now

Schedule of Events   Featured Speakers   Video Kickoff


Justice Dialogues

Keynote Address by Dr. Patrice Buckner Jackson

Sustaining a Commitment to Justice

Beyond the Chaos with Rev. Gwendolyn Webb

Anger Into Action with Michael Miyawaki

Each year the Wooster campus community takes time to engage in meaningful exploration and dialogue about issues that connect with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and vision on matters relating to civil rights and social justice, activism, responsibility, and engagement.

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year, the MLK Committee landed on the theme, “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” because of the state of our world. We are a generation that has lived through events that people always say are once in a lifetime. But unfortunately, that phrase comes up more frequently than ever. From civil unrest to poverty. From lack of education to a pandemic. The time is now for action. Dr. King wasn’t the only person in the movement. We needed a Martin and a Malcolm. We needed a Shirley Chisholm and an Angela Davis. We needed a Medgar Evers and a Rosa Parks. Each of these people understood the urgency for action in our nation. With that being said, the committee believed that in order to reignite the fire in our community, we needed to have a weeklong event honoring Dr. King and ourselves as members of this world who need to remain in the urgency of now.


Schedule of Events

DateTimeEventSpeakerThemeLocation
Monday, January 1612:00 pmVideo Kickoffwooster.edu/mlk
7:00 pm Service*NAACP MLK Day CelebrationKeynote: Rev. Gwendolyn WebbFirst Presbyterian Church, 621 College Ave., Wooster
Tuesday, January 1711:00 am - 12:00 pmJustice Dialogue**Rev. Gwendolyn WebbBeyond the Chaos (YouTube Link)Gault Recital Hall
Wednesday, January 1811:00 am - 12:00 pmJustice Dialogue**Dr. Michael Miyawaki, Assistant Professor of Sociology and AnthropologyAnger into Action (YouTube Link)Gault Recital Hall
Thursday, January 1911:00 am - 12:00 pmJustice Dialogue**2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell '94 (panel moderated by Dr. Ryan Ozar, Visiting Professor of Education)Sustaining a Commitment to Justice (Live Stream)Gault Recital Hall
Friday, January 208:00 am - 9:30 amPrayer Breakfast Westminster Church, 353 E Pine St., Wooster
11:00 am - 12:30 pmKeynote AddressDr. Patrice Buckner JacksonThe Fierce Urgency of Now (Live Stream)McGaw Chapel
3:00 pm - 5:00 pmCivic Engagement FairThe Alley, Lowry Center

*MLK essay contest award winners presented at 7:00 pm service


Featured Speakers

Patrice Buckner Jackson head shot
Michael Miyawaki head shot
Head shot of Ryan Ozar
Head shot of Kurt Russell
Rev. Gwendolyn Cook Webb head shot

Video Kickoff