Martin Luther King Jr. Health Sciences Program

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane,” Martin Luther King, Jr. – Second National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Chicago, March 25, 1966

Join the University of Michigan health science schools, colleges and units for a series of events dedicated to understanding and improving health equity for all. The U-M central campus theme for this year's MLK events is "Unravel.” It embodies what health professionals do each day, investigating the individual pieces that contribute to a person's or community's mental and physical health. 

This is America Contest and Event

Childish Gambino’s "This is America" music video is a portrayal of controversies in the United States, many of which relate in some way to health and social justice. The 2018-19 MLK Health Sciences Planning Committee is charging campus undergraduate and graduate student organizations to submit a video presentation:

  • Describing at least one of the issues you identified in the video
  • Explaining how this issue might negatively impact health 
  • Portraying how your group would address injustice in healthcare. 

Warning:  This is America contains both gun violence and mature language.


  • Videos should be 5-7 minutes long
  • Participants must be part of a recognized health science student organization. 
  • Collaborations across U-M health science schools/colleges are encouraged.
  • The potential impact of the project on health injustices should be addressed.
  • A one-page written proposal is required to describe and support the content in the video submission.
  • Videos and written proposals can be submitted Oct. 10 - 24, 2018.


The prizes (awarded directly to the organizations) are as follows:

  • 1st place - $500
  • 2nd place - $250
  • 3rd place - $100

Submitting your video

You can upload your video and written proposal through this MBox link.

Intend to submit?

Fill out this brief form to let us know if you need help with your video, have questions or have trouble uploading your video.


Nov. 7
6-7:30 p.m.
School of Nursing (426 N. Ingalls, Rooms 1240 & 1250)

The winning submission will be presented during a special event at the School of Nursing. There will be a panel discussion with health care experts to discuss "This is America", the winning video, and broader health care issues and injustices. Winners must be present to give a brief overview of their submission and to receive their award. Dinner will be provided for all attendees. In addition, the winning submission will be featured during the MLK Health Science Symposium on Monday, January 21, 2019.


Please contact UMSN's Dr. Lenette Jones with questions:, (734) 763-1371

Save the Date

Monday, Jan. 21: University of Michigan MLK Jr. Memorial Keynote Lecture
Monday, Jan. 21: University of Michigan Health Sciences MLK Lecture


University of Michigan Schools of Nursing, Dentistry, Kinesiology, Public Health and Social Work, College of Pharmacy, Medical School, U-M Flint School of Health Professions and Studies, and MICHR