Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
Schedule of Events
- Monday, January 21, 2019
MLK, Jr. Day of Service
Please join us in Alumni Hall on January 21st, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will meet in Alumni Hall for breakfast, a warm welcome, an educational piece and then split into sites on campus and in the State College community. Please be sure to wear warm clothes in case you are outside. T-shirts and food will be provided.
Check In for individual students is first come first served until all sites are filled.
Group Sign-Up is now closed
World in Conversation
On Jan. 21, MLK Day, World in Conversation will expand its regular programming by partnering with the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity to offer facilitated dialogues for 600 faculty, staff, administrators and students. Each of the 60 groups is 90 minutes long and will include participants from each of these four populations.
Conversations will be at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Preregistration is required and is first-come, first-served. To register and for more information visit https://worldinconversation.org/mlk/.
- Tuesday, January 22, 2019
MLK Birthday Remembrance
MLK Plaza 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
In collaboration with the State College Borough, join us for a moment of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by lighting up a luminary at the plaza and for some hot chocolate.
MLK week film screening co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Workers' Rights.
Kern 112, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Charlie Lumpkins, AssistantTeaching Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, will introduce the film.
Sorry to Bother You (2018) – Dir. Boots Riley (111 min., color, U.S.). Named one of the top independent films of the year by the National Board of Review and New Yorker, this genre-bending satire looks at the intersecting worlds of modern call centers, economic globalization, race relations, and efforts to unionize workers. With a hip-hop score straight out of Oakland, California and bizarre plot twists from reality to fantasy and back again, this film demands to be seen and discussed by a broad audience.
- Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Poetry Slam: More Than a Dream…
State College High Cafeteria
All middle school to high school students are encouraged to submit a poem or an essay based of the topic, “More Than a Dream…” See prompt below, located under "scholarships and awards". Submissions are due by January 14th at midnight.
All individuals will be notified to perform their poem or essay on January 23 where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be announced.
- Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Dialogue Project: Environmental Cooperation in the Middle East
The Arava Institute is a cross-cultural environmental cooperation organization working in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Each year, graduates of their program travel to American colleges as part of a "Dialogue Project" to discuss the importance of cross-cultural dialogues and understanding.
The Sustainability Institute and Global Programs have agreed to co-plan and to co-sponsor a brownbag discussion/presentation of the Dialogue Project.
Talking About Class (Workshop for Faculty and Staff)
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Agricultural Engineering Building, Room 312
Talking About Class invites Penn State faculty and staff to explore their class identities and engage in cross-class dialogue. This highly interactive workshop will also include conversation and reflection on how class dynamics play out here at Penn State and what strategies faculty and staff can pursue to make Penn State more equitable for students. This workshop will be led by two facilitators from Class Action (www.classism.org) and is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity
Registration Requested https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8csEoTWQqwu5iWV
7 Henderson Building
Bringing students from diverse backgrounds together to cook and enjoy a meal while having great conversation.
Sign up: http://ow.ly/CHDa50kdPyA. Spots are limited.
Contact information: Tina Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak for Peace
6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:40 p.m.)
Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Speak for Peace is an oratorical contest and is also put on with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC. During the event contestants will recite their essays live in front of a panel of judges to win a book scholarship. This event will also have performers, an educational component that aligns with the theme and food! No tickets are required for the event, and seating along with food will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Talking About Class (Student Workshop)
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Agricultural Engineering Building, Room 312
Talking About Social Class invites Penn State students to explore their social class identities and engage in cross-class dialogue. This highly interactive workshop will also include conversation and reflection on how class dynamics play out here at Penn State and what strategies we can pursue to make Penn State more equitable. This workshop will be led by two facilitators from Class Action (www.classism.org) and is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
Pizza will be provided.
Registration Requested https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2f4NLrF5AtCAUUR
- Friday, January 25, 2019
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
This culminating event of the week will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through various performances and keynote speakers covering the topic of Student Activism. Keynote speakers for Evening Celebration 2019 are Angela Rye and Marc Lamont Hill.
As part of the commemoration, the student committee will announce the 2019 recipients of the James Baldwin and Ida B. Wells Scholarships, which honors 2 students who may excel int eh arts, rhetoric of both writing and speaking, and someone who is truly involved in community service.
The student committee will also announce the 2019 recipient of the Ella Baker Award, honoring a faculty/staff member who has displayed an exemplary level of dedication and commitment to Penn State students.
- This is a free event funded by the student-initiated fee. Priority entrance will be given to students with a valid Penn State University Park Photo ID. Community members are welcome to attend and will be seated based on availability.