The Martin Luther King Teach-In is an opportunity for members of Catholic University to learn about, and advocate for, justice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did during his life. Join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. King throughout the week. There will be speakers, service activities, prizes, and more!

Dr. King tells us, "The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy."

Week of Events

Catholic U. Civil Rights Walking Tour


Stretch your legs and take a walking tour around Catholic U.'s campus. It consists of thirteen stops where you can find photos and stories of important people and events in our school's history of civil rights. Click here to follow the tour.

MLK Social Justice Challenge

Due by Friday, February 5

There are still ways to participate in service and educate yourself about social justice, even from your room! We've put together a card with various activities and resources to help guide you. The challenge is like BINGO - if you fill out a row, you get entered into a raffle to win prizes from local Black-owned businesses! When you complete a row, fill out this form to enter into the raffle. 

Being an Ally

Tuesday, January 26 
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Learn how to be a better ally to the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) community with this training. 

Race and the Church in the Americas

Wednesday, January 27
12:00 pm

This panel will explore the relationship between the Catholic Church and race/ racism, with particular attention to Latinx Catholic and Black Catholic communities in the US and the Americas. Watch the recording of the conversation here.

Keynote Speaker - Marcus Bullock

Wednesday, January 27
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Marcus Bullock is the epitome of resilience. As a fifteen-year-old-kid, he wound up in adult maximum security prison for auto theft—for eight years. His mother sent him a letter every day, a gesture akin to winning the lottery in a world where you’re otherwise totally isolated, without even internet access. When he got out, he was determined to create positive social change; coming up with the idea for Flikshop, a tech company that connects families with their incarcerated loved ones. Watch his TED Talk to learn more. Click here for the recording of the talk.

Intercultural Dialogues: Advocacy in Action

Thursday, January 28
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Looking to make an impact in your community? Want to know how to mobilize others for change? Join us and learn from a panel of leaders who will teach you to move from ally to activist. Watch the recording here.

Virtual Mass

Sunday, January 31
9:30 pm

St. Teresa of Avila, a Catholic Church in SE, DC has been an active and vibrant church for over 137 years. "Rooted in our rich African American heritage, our deep Catholic faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we put all our unique gifts, talents, and energies at the disposal of this one and greatest of causes: winning the world to Christ." Monsignor Ray East is pastor of St. Teresa of Avila and was a former CUA on Tap speaker. Click here for the Nest event and viewing link. 


This year, for participating in any of our MLK Teach-In events and activities, you’ll receive this year's MLK t-shirt!
We ordered these shirts from the non-profit organization The Industrial Commons. Through living wages and sustainable practices, they are “working to build a new labor movement that erases the inequities of generational poverty and injustice and builds an economy and community for all.” They are truly an ethically made product.
Learn more about them from  a recent feature story about them in the National Catholic Reporter.