University of Bridgeport Honors Martin Luther King Jr. With Community Events

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Image by Yoichi Okamoto.

Above: President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Image by Yoichi Okamoto.



The University of Bridgeport will once again honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events designed to foster community engagement during the week of January 20. King had visited the city of Bridgeport six times between 1961 and 1966.

“The legacy of the great Dr. King continues as the most commemorative moment to take place on our campus. We are extremely proud that Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Bridgeport. This year, we have expanded our celebration to a week of events and activities,” said President Laura Skandera Trombley.

On Tuesday, January 21, author Stephen Balkaran will present “Chasing the Dream: The Story of Dr. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections in the 21st Century.”

The presentation will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Social Room of the John J. Cox Student Center at 244 University Avenue. The event is free and open to community members. Light refreshments will be offered.

Keeping with the long-running tradition of service events tied to King’s birthday, the University will host the Downtown Bridgeport Community Clean-up on Friday, January 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participation is open to community members.

Later on Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., the University will work with the Lifebridge Community Closet at 475 Clinton Ave, Bridgeport. The Community Closet is a space where families can access clothing, personal care items and linens that help aid their effort to move forward in their lives. Volunteers are welcome to participate.

On Saturday, January 25, the University will participate in training for the 2020 Census Canvassing operation. Interested community members will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the B:Hive at 930 Main Street in Bridgeport.

Also on Saturday, a Seaside/South End Neighborhood Community Clean-up event will take place from 1 to 3 pm.

For more information on any of these events, contact Melanie Strout, Director of Civic Engagement, at mestrout@bridgeport.edu or 475-422-1065.