Join the University on MLK Day 2021 as trailblazing Jurist and Hall of Famer Justice Alan Page reflects on the challenges facing our nation at this moment in history and on a lifetime of work dedicated to equal justice under the law. A 1967 graduate of Notre Dame, Justice Page had a highly successful career in professional football. He earned his law degree at the University of Minnesota and later served on the Minnesota Supreme Court for 22 years, the first African American elected to that state’s highest court.
Visit diversity.nd.edu/mlk at 9 am PST on Jan. 18 (Monday) to be part of the conversation. Justice Page will speak with G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean of Notre Dame Law School. You can submit a question for Justice Page here.
This MLK Day is the first since the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police in May. His death, recorded on video by a bystander, sparked nationwide protests and inspired an ongoing movement for criminal justice reform.
Justice Page described the circumstances of Floyd’s death as an example of “man’s inhumanity to man” and has called for people of different races and classes to “stop segregating ourselves.”
This event is sponsored by the President’s Office and the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will offer welcoming remarks.
Each year the University hosts a campus-wide commemoration of MLK Day as part of Walk the Walk Week, a weeklong series of events designed to invite reflection about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Walk the Walk Week 2021 will occur Feb. 22–28, after students and faculty return from winter break Feb. 3.
More information about the Jan. 18 event featuring Justice Page and Cole is available here.
For more information about Walk the Walk Week 2021, visit diversity.nd.edu/mlk