Teach Dr. King's Speech: Campus Curricular Initiative for 2021
Each year, Georgetown faculty, staff, and students across campuses and schools read and reflect on one of Dr. King's speeches or texts during the the Spring semester. For 2021, the project will focus on Dr. King’s 1965 speech entitled “Our God is Marching On.” In honor of the late Congressman John Lewis, and in recognition of the pivotal role of students in the Civil Rights movement and current fight for racial justice, we also offer Congressman Lewis’ unedited speech from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, given when he was head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Faculty and staff are invited to register their commitment to "Teach Dr. King's Speech" with this interest form below. More information is available at
Faculty and staff are invited to attend our annual Teach-In teaching workshop on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 11:30 AM - 1:30PM ET via Zoom. Despite the Zoom venue, we hope to continue our tradition of breaking bread and community-building and therefore strongly encourage participants to bring their meal and refreshments to our Zoom. We'll begin with gathering time and music for the first half hour with the official program beginning at 12:00 PM ET.
The Teach-In is planned to feature three mini-keynote addresses and be followed by a Q&A and dialogue among our three speakers facilitated by Toddchelle Young, Director of Research for the Hub for Equity and Innovation.
Our keynote speakers will offer remarks on the context of the United States at the time that Dr. King and Congressman Lewis offered their speeches and their reflections for today as they relate to racial justice. Our first keynote speaker is Fatima Dyfan (C’21), a senior majoring in Government and African-American Studies with a minor in Theatre Performance Studies and former Executive Producer of the Black Theatre Ensemble. Our second invited guest is Michael Collins who served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Lewis for over twenty years. Our third speaker is Professor Aderson Francois, Anne Fleming Research Professor and Director, Institute for Public Representation Civil Rights Law Clinic at Georgetown University.
Resources to help you "teach the speech" can be found at:
. Thank you to Maya Williams, Program Manager for the Office of Student Equity & Inclusion, and
Isbel Deleon (C'21), for this amazing resource!
Please offer any questions, comments, or concerns that you have for the Center for Social Justice, CNDLS, and Division of Student Affairs organizers of the "Teach the Speech" project to Joselyn Lewis at CNDLS at
Requests for accommodations can be made at
Faculty: Will you teach Dr. King's and/or Congressman Lewis's speeches in your Spring 2021 course(s)? Check all that apply.
Yes! I will teach Dr. King's and/or Congressman Lewis's speeches in a Spring 2021 semester course.
No, not this semester.
Faculty: If yes, please provide the school, course number(s), and course name(s).
Staff: Will you teach Dr. King's and/or Congressman Lewis's speeches in your educational spaces?
Yes! I will use the speeches to reflect on Dr. King's and Con/orgressman Lewis' messages with my staff/unit/team/etc.
No, not this semester.
Staff: If you are using the speeches as the basis for reflection/dialogue/ conversation, please identify your staff/team/unit/office/organization/floor /etc.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Teach-In: Teach the Speech Workshop for Faculty and Staff
The Center for Social Justice, CNDLS, and Division of Student Affairs will host a Teach-In on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 11:30AM-1:30PM ET via Zoom.
11:30am: Community Gathering with Music — Please bring your meal so we might enjoy some food together!
12:00pm: Mini-keynote speeches
1:00pm: Facilitated Q&A and conversation with our three speakers
1:25pm: Concluding remarks
Do you plan to attend the January 19, 2021 Teach-In? *
Yes! I plan to participate in the January 19, 2021 Virtual Teach-In hosted by CSJ, CNDLS, and the Division of Student Affairs.
No, I will not be there but please send me any materials you have that will support me.
Please share any musical requests and/or suggestions you have for our Teach the Speech playlist. Our intention is to honor Congressman Lewis who loved to dance and highlight the role of music in the Civil Rights Movement.
Please submit requests for accommodations related to a disability to csj.georgetown.edu/ar at least five business days prior to the event.
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Thank you for your interest in this initiative. You are invited to tag your social media posts related to the "Teach Dr. King's Speech" initiative with #GUMarchingOn. Please offer any questions, comments, or concerns that you have for the organizers of the Teach the Speech Teach-In or reach out directly to Joselyn Lewis at CNDLS at
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