2016 Purdue University Commemoration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Purdue University has assembled a variety of programs to cause reflection on the life and urgency of Dr. King. The 2016 theme is "The Fierce Urgency of Now." The offerings include lectures, service, learning opportunities, discussions, and film screenings throughout January.

Friday, January 15

MLK Birthday cake will be distributed by Purdue Dining & Catering at PMU and University residence halls dining court for free with promotional info on the lecture by Freeman A. Hrabowski III.

Monday, January 18

Boiler Volunteer Network Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service is considered "A Day On, Not a Day Off" focused on performing community action to help empower and strengthen communities. Purdue recognizes Dr. King's life and teachings by encouraging students, faculty, and staff members to be involved in community service efforts by serving at agencies working to impact positive change in the community on issues including economic opportunity, education, environment, and healthy living. Students and organizations will volunteer at various United Way and community organizations. Meet at 8 a.m, at the France Cordova Recreational Center. Breakfast catered by University Dining Services.

Register online.

Tuesday, January 19

Candlelight Vigil

6 pm; Black Cultural Center
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host a solemn memorial walk in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The march will commence at the BCC and conclude at Loeb Theatre.

Purdue Dreamer Award

7 pm; Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
Given annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue community to honor contributions that embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others and further the University's commitment to diversity.Nominations for the award are being accepted until December 31. More information can be found here.

Keynote Address by Freeman A. Hrabowski III

7 pm; Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center

Mathematician, educator and inspirational leader, Freeman Hrabowski serves as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County — which he has transformed into an academic powerhouse that graduates STEM majors of all races. His research and writings focus on innovating American schools, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. As a child in Birmingham, Alabama, he marched in the Children’s Crusade of 1963, a pivotal civil rights campaign. Among his many honors, in 2012 Hrabowski was named chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Events sponsored by College of Agriculture, College of Health & Human Sciences, & College of Science

Tuesday, January 19

Special Film Clips + Dialogue - Casarae Gibson

12 pm; Room 241, Pfendler Hall
Dr. Gibson will discuss civil rights visionary and legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an ordinary man with extraordinary talent. Using video snippets and documentation, she will address questions, myths, and the relevance of King’s message today while performing a comparative analysis with current social and political events. Location PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring your lunch and bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition. More information can be found here.

Wednesday, January 20

Special Guest Speaker - David Sawyer

12 pm; Room 241, Pfendler Hall
Mr. Sawyer will explain the path to civil rights and how it was, is and will be. He brings in the facts about the movement and how all races, ethnicities, social economics will play a role. Moreover, the work presented will refer to Martin Luther King Jr legacy re: the Poor Peoples’ Campaign and Resurrection City​. Location PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring your lunch and bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition. More information can be found here.

Thursday, January 21

INCOGNITO Workshops - Michael Fosberg

9:30 am and 11 am; Room 131, Discovery Learning Center
1:30 pm and 3 pm; Room 241, Pfendler Hall
In this fast-food, digital, mass-consumption age, we are constantly bombarded by images, information, and beliefs, forcing us to make quick judgments, opinions, and character assessments. Whether it is the color of our skin, the place of our birth, our accents and dialects, our religious affiliation, the way we dress, or the music we listen to, people are incessantly judging who we are. In addition, we are also essentially asked to evaluate ourselves by the requirement to check a box that tells others who we are. How do we define ourselves? How do we define others? How do we arrive at these definitions? And what part of our definitions for one another are facts, what part fictions? This interactive session encourages participants to laugh at themselves and others, while finding a real and constructive path to ending additional misperceptions. He will give 4 workshops throughout the day. Bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition. More information can be found here.

Friday, January 22

Special Interaction - VOD Choir

Join the colleges of Agriculture, and HHS as we interact with VOD and talk about what it means to be a interdenominational, choir with various ethnicities represented. The choir (located at Butler University) will talk briefly about how they formed the choir, their audiences, and how they make their song selections. Then the choir will perform a few ballets for our enjoyment. Location PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition.More information can be found here.

MLK Jr. Literacy Drive

Support literacy for our youth in the community. K-12 age books requested. College Labelled book bins located in PFEN 241. More information can be found here.

Ongoing throughout weeks of January & February

Purdue Libraries Display Cases

Drawing upon the Libraries collections and services, Purdue Libraries faculty and staff will create and mount displays in libraries across campus on a variety of topics related to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Siegesmund Engineering Library (Potter) – Jan 5 - Feb 29

“The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring the Past with David Crosthwait” --Display created by Sandy Galloway

Hicks Undergraduate Library (Hicks) – Jan 11 - Feb 3

“Topics on Diversity” (includes diversity in education and the workplace) --Display created by Ann O’Donnell

M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry (Wetherill) – Jan 13 - Feb 1

“Civil Rights Leaders and Activists” --Display created by Becky Hunt

Physics Library (Physics) – Jan 13 - Feb 1

“Civil Rights Leaders and Activists” --Display created by Becky Hunt

Humanities, Social Sciences & Education Library (Stewart Center) – Jan 14 - Jan 25

“1960’s news coverage of Martin Luther King, Jr.” --Display created by Patrick Whalen

Mathematical Sciences Library (Math, 3rd floor display case) – Jan 12 - Feb 12

“Memorial in the Mall: The MLK Monument” --Display created by Angela Ewing and Nastasha Johnson

Banner Display (Jan 15-30)

The Minority Technology Association Purdue Polytechnic student organization will invite students, faculty and staff to post their dreams under a banner display in Knoy Hall of Technology.

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