This page is dedicated to informing the Duke community about news, events and programs that engage and expose the broader community to issues of diversity and difference, as well as educational opportunities sponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity that are free and open to the public.

2015 Announcements

Sounds of Justice & Inclusion: Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • January 17, 2015
    The video below contains some highlights from the concert. You can watch the full recording of the concert here.

    The Office for Institutional Equity, in collaboration with the Duke University MLK Planning Committee, Duke University Chapel and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, produced a 2-hour concert, Sounds of Justice and Inclusion. The January 17, 2015 concert honored the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and the 100th birthday of Dr. John Hope Franklin. It featured Durham Symphony, John Brown "Little" Big Band, 100 Men In Black Choir, and Yolanda Rabun. A sell-out crowd of over 600 Duke and Durham community members enjoyed an evening concert that blended jazz, classical and gospel music … a true diversity of art forms. OIE is hoping to make this an annual MLK Commemorative Concert. This clip features highlights of the concert.

2014 Announcements

50 Years: Backwards or Forward?
MLK Commemoration Events at Duke University

  • January 17, 2014

    Mighty Times: The Children's March Annual MLK Film Screening
    "Mighty Times: The Children's March"
    6:30 - 7:30 pm

    Sanford School of Public Policy
    Sanford 04
    Free and open to the public
    Refreshments provided

    Winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject, "The Children's March" tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama, braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. It was co-produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center and HBO.

  • January 19, 2014

    Vashti Murphy McKenzie Duke Chapel Worship Service
    Sunday, 11 am

    Vashti Murphy MacKenzie
    The first female elected as bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Vashti Murphy MacKenzie will deliver a sermon referencing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Those unable to attend can watch a live stream of the event on the chapel's website, at this link. Viewers can post comments on Twitter using the hashtag #DukeMLK. An archive of the recording will also be posted online.

  • January 19, 2014

    Benjamin Jealous Duke Chapel
    Sunday, 3 pm

    Keynote Address
    Annual MLK Commemoration Service
    Benjamin Jealous
    Civil and Human Rights Leader
    Former NAACP National President

    Jealous has been a prominent crusader for economic justice and empowerment. He worked to attract a younger generation of members with a wider vision of civil rights that addresses contemporary concerns. Under his leadership from 2008 to last month, the nation's largest civil rights organization has defended voting rights, worked to abolish death-penalty laws in at least four states, opposed "stop-and-frisk" police tactics and stand-your-ground laws, and embraced gay rights in a historic 2012 vote. Today the number of NAACP members tops one million.

    His 3 p.m. speech in Duke Chapel is part of a program that includes remarks from local and university officials, prayer, and music and dance performances. Highlights of the program include performances by the 100 Men in Black choir and the Collage Dance Company, as well as greetings from Duke University President Richard Brodhead, Duke Hospital President Kevin Sowers, Duke Black Student Association President Marcus Benning and Durham Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden.

    The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage.

  • January 20, 2014

    MLK Hunger Event Monday, 9 am - 6:30 pm
    MLK Million Meals Project

    Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center Durham Technical Community College 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, N.C.

    Students from Duke, North Carolina Central University, Durham Tech and members of the Durham Rotary Club are coordinating the Million Meals Project, which is expected to package 100,000 meals to support Stop Hunger Now. Sign up to help package meals during one of four available volunteer shifts: 9-11 am, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, 2-€“4 pm, or 4:30-6:30 pm Volunteers are encouraged to bring a canned food donation to support the efforts of the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

    Please register.

  • January 21, 2014

    Wigfall Tuesday, Noon - 1 pm
    Duke Clinical Research Institute MLK Day Celebration
    Lower Level Lecture Hall
    2400 Pratt Street

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Delbert R. Wigfall
    Associate Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Pediatrics

    "How Far We've Come...."

    Light refreshments will be available in the North Pavilion Atrium (just outside the lecture hall) beginning at 11:40 a.m. Paid parking is available in the North Pavilion deck. The H2 Loop campus bus stops at PG3, which is located at North Pavilion. Watch a live webcast or archived video of the program here.

2013 Announcements

  • September 12, 2013
    Conversation with Dr. Jack Preiss
    , Professor Emeritus of Sociology
    Preceded by a reception
    5:30 - 8:30 pm
    Duke School of Nursing Auditorium
    307 Trent Drive
    RSVP by phone (919-684-8353) or email.

  • September 12, 2013
    Official Opening of the Allen Building Takeover Exhibit, with a reception
    3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Allen Building, First Floor Hallway
    RSVP by phone (919-684-8353) or email.

  • August 5, 2013 • Ben Reese is "Blue Devil of the Week"! Did you know he was a collector of watches? That and other interesting facts about him and his life can be read here.

  • Blue Devil Reese

  • July 2, 2013 • Duke University Archives and Libraries has digitized the 1960s issues of the Duke Chronicle and they are now available online.
  • June 28, 2013 • U.S. Supreme Court Rulings. The Office for Institutional Equity plays a leadership role in fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within the Duke environment. Like other Americans, we have been paying close attention to the momentous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. There has perhaps never been a week in recent American history when four “civil rights” cases have been announced in the same week. We are encouraged by the rulings that move us toward a more equitable and inclusive society, recognizing the freedom and liberties that should be enjoyed by all. At the same time, there is still work to be done to insure full access and participation by the citizenry of the United States. As an office, we are committed to our continued work towards an academic community that encourages excellence through inclusion and honors the value of each community member. We encourage all members of our community to continue to be mindful of opportunities to engage the fullest range of ideas, viewpoints and perspectives across our campus and health system.
  • April 13, 2013 • 2 pm, Page Auditorium, Duke University.
  • U.S. Sen. William “Mo” Cowan of Massachusetts will deliver the keynote address at an event commemorating 50 years of black undergraduate students at Duke University. The event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. More information about the event is available here and at the website dedicated to the 50th Anniversary events.

  • Civil Rights Lecture Series
    Feb 13 & 14, March 28, and April 8 & 9, 12:15 pm
    Duke Law School

    Professor Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School will deliver a civil rights lecture series during spring 2013 semester at Duke Law School. The lectures, to be delivered Feb. 13 and 14, March 28, and April 8 and 9, will address the major legislative and legal achievements of the civil rights revolution, including the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and cases that contributed to changes in U.S. law and culture. More information.

2012 Announcements

  • Duke University is commemorating the 50th anniversary of first Black undergraduate students' enrollment in 1963. Our year-long series of commemorative events will celebrate diversity and inclusiveness by illuminating our history and fostering forms of expression that are academic, artistic and service-oriented. A website devoted to this undertaking has been launched and will highlight events as well as other activities. (November 16, 2012)

  • A Hungry Heart: Gordon Parks. An event to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of iconic photographer Gordon Parks. Professor Deborah Willis of New York University Tisch School of the Arts to give a talk and a slide presentation on Friday, November 16, 2012, 6 pm at the Nasher Museum of Art. A reception to follow. Free and open to the public. More Information

  • We will accept nominations for the 2012 Fall EDI Award until October 29, 2012. Please use this form to submit your nomination.

  • OIE's 2011-2012 Annual Report is now available for viewing online. (August 15, 2012)

  • With the March/April 2012 issue, OIE's Diversity Newslinks is now available in a new web-based format. Subscribers will get an email notice when a new issue is published to the web. (April 5, 2012)