Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


A Community Collaborative Celebration - Altar of Freedom - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of His Historic Visit to South Bend

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican tradition that gives honor, tribute, and celebration to the lives of deceased loved ones.

In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, D.C., as well as his visit to the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend; a collaboration to present several Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) events are scheduled.

The following three festivities are free and open to the public:


Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

1045 W. Washington St., South Bend

Sueños Sin Fronteras/Dreams without Borders: Ofrenda in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Part of the Africana World Program Series)

For students, faculty, and staff there will be a FREE campus shuttle to this event.  Pick-up will be at the Notre Dame Ave Circle beginning at 5 p.m. and running to and from this event every half-hour.  

Installation and presentation by internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican artist Diogenes Ballester and musical performances by renowned percussionist Luther Gray and student group Mariachi ND


Friday, October 25, 2013 – 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Indiana University Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Natatorium

1040 W. Washington St., South Bend

Porque he amado, que soy el guardián de mi hermano/Because I've Loved, I am my Brother’s Keeper: Ofrenda

Presentation and poetry reading by Ofrenda artist Jake Webster


Friday, November 1, 2013 – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies, Día de los Muertos Altar in West Lounge of McKenna Hall (Notre Dame Avenue on Campus)

The traditional Día de los Muertos Altar (Day of the Dead): Ofrenda

Presentation by Ofrenda artists Notre Dame Students who will welcome guests and Father Joseph Corpora will offer a special blessing