Not Just Another Day Off

January 14 – 24, 2022
Virtual Reading

Pre-recorded Reading |Available January 14-24

Poet John Murillo will be joined by actors for the annual celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will feature new poetry alongside historical speeches from Dr. King, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and others. As the entire nation embraces a conversation on race and institutional racism, we wanted to make these incredible speeches and poems available at this critical juncture in our national history. 


About the Program

Since 2007, the Folger has gathered to share Not Just Another Day Off, a poetic celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders in the civil rights and social justice movement.

Share in the three most recent Not Just Another Day Off programs below.


Not Just Another Day Off 2021

This year's event was held virtually featuring poets Camonghne FelixJulian Randall, and Joseph Ross, reading alongside actors Sara BarkerFatima Quander, and James J. Johnson.

Full versions of the featured speeches can be found here:
PDF icon Frederick Douglass | PDF icon John Brown | PDF icon James Baldwin | PDF icon Malcolm X | PDF icon Audre Lorde |  PDF icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Not Just Another Day Off 2019

These audio recordings feature poet Marilyn Nelson and actors Sara Barker, Jeremy Hunter, and Fatima Quander.


Not Just Another Day Off 2018

This video selection, part of the Folger ENCORES series, includes an introduction by poet Carolyn Forché and features poets Jericho Brown and Lauren K. Alleyne with actor James J. Johnson. The full event also included work from poet Mark McMorris alongside actors Sara Barker and Fatima Quander.

Co-sponsored by the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice

The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University is a literary, critical, and pedagogical undertaking devoted to the situation of poetry and prose in the contemporary world. Based in the President’s Office, the Center brings attention to a traditional domain of academic research, but sees poetry as a current practice rather than as a field of historical research. The Center recognizes that “art’s social presence,” in the phrase of Adrienne Rich, is vital to contemporary culture; that poetry, or writing more generally, traverses the fields of aesthetic, social, political, and religious thought: it reconfigures these fields according to the designs of imagination.