MLK Commemorative Events

Opening Reception - AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair

January 17 - 4:00 PM - BCC

The reception will include Natural Hair demonstrations by Onyx Salon, students sharing their hair stories and a presentation by photographer Michael July.

MLK Memorial Service

January 19 - 4:00 PM - Second Baptist Church, Lafayette

Lafayette Pastors Alliance will present a church service at Second Baptist Church, Lafayette. The service is an ecumenical endeavor engaging members of various religious traditions. Pastor Kim Dickens of Hope Cathedral will be the featured speaker.

MLK Day of Service

January 20 - 8:00 AM - Cordova Recreation Center

The MLK Day of Service, coordinated by BVN, is designed to give Purdue students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in a community building effort by volunteering their time and efforts to help the work of nonprofit agencies. Volunteers will gather at the Cordová Recreation Center for breakfast provided by University Residences and a brief educational program prior to volunteering in the community. Registration Deadline: January 13, 2014

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“Let Freedom Ring: Choose Nonviolence”

January 20 - 9:30 AM - Purdue Bell Tower

Purdue will participate in the King Center National bell ringing ceremony, at 9:30am the Bell Tower will play “Let There be Peace on Earth”. The bells that ring across the nation on the 2014 King holiday will symbolically sound the knell for the age of addressing conflict and social injustice with violence, and herald a new era of non-violent social change undergirded by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Birthday Cake

January 20 - 11:00 AM-2:00 PM - Purdue Dining Courts

Purdue Dining Services will be serving slices of MLK Birthday cake in all the residence halls and Purdue Memorial Union.

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MLK Candle Light Vigil

January 21 - 6:00 PM - BCC

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. A hot chocolate social will follow.

Special Presentation: “The Food Desert in Indiana”

January 22 - 12:00 PM-1:15 PM - TBD

Special Guest from the Minority Health Coalition: “The Food Desert in Indiana” presentation will be conducted by Regina Marsh of the Forest Manor Multi-Center, and Dr. Nic Mink from Butler University. Bring your lunch and one food item to give away. Dessert and drinks will be provided.
-Event sponsored by Diversity Action Team in Agriculture in collaboration with the College of Veterinarian Medicine and the College of HHS.

Documentary: “A Place at the Table.”

January 23 - 12:00 PM-1:15 PM - Dean’s Auditorium (Pfendler 241)

The documentary “A Place at the Table.” tells the powerful stories of three Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat, will be shown in the Dean’s Auditorium (Pfendler 241) from 12pm-1:15pm. Follow by an interactive discussion, led by Kimber Nicoletti (Director, Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault). Bring your lunch and one food item to give away. Dessert and drinks will be provided.
-Event sponsored by Diversity Action Team in Agriculture in collaboration with the College of Veterinarian Medicine and the College of HHS.

Diversity Message Board Presentation

January 24 - Online

The diversity message board through Twitter and our new hashtags: Hashtags ideas were #PUFood #fighthunger #PUAgLife #PUFightsHunger will be displayed on the COA Diversity website and on display in various media outlets on campus. Each event will have a hashtag to tweet and all tweets will be captured and displayed on Friday. Website:
-Event sponsored by Diversity Action Team in Agriculture in collaboration with the College of Veterinarian Medicine and the College of HHS.

Interactive Panel: Diversity in Grants Improves Them

January 28 - 12:30 PM-2:30 PM - STEW 314

The College of Science Faculty Committee for Diversity will present an interactive panel on how including diversity as part of your broader impacts can improve your grant proposals. The panel speakers will provide knowledge and insight of diversity-related funding options, grant writing strategies, and awareness of diversity-related projects on campus. The panel, called Diversity in Grants Improves Them, will be January 28th in STEW 314. A free lunch will be available at noon and the panel will run from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

Opening remarks will be made by Dr. Jeff Roberts, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science. Panelists will be Dr. David Asai, Senior Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Science Education Programs at Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Dr. Susanne Hambrusch, Professor of Computer Science; Sally Bond, Assistant Director of Research Development Services, and Bill Walker, College of Science K-12 Outreach Director.

Please RSVP by January 14th.

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MLK Awards Reception

January 30 - 4:00 PM - PMU Anniversary Room

A series of awards will be presented to students, organizations, community members and Purdue faculty and staff who best exemplify or emulate the characteristics that advance the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Purdue students will share reflections on Dr. King and excerpts from his speeches.

Commemorative Address - Julian Bond

February 4 - 7:00 PM - Loeb Playhouse

Purdue will host Julian Bond, a social activist and leader in the American civil rights movement. Bond will deliver a powerful message of greater equality, freedom, and justice with a renewed sense of relevance to the Civil Rights Movement in our present times.

Purdue Dreamer Award

February 4 - 7:00 PM - Loeb Playhouse

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.

Week-long Events
  • 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.

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  • Clothing Drive

    The Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Pharmacy is hosting a Shoe Drive as part of the Martin Luther King celebration. Check out your closets here and at home for those shoes you haven’t worn lately. The drive will start immediately through January 31st. A collection box will be centrally located in the Office of Student Services.

    The shoes will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet Midwest Region to help children throughout many of our Midwestern cities. Students from the Multicultural Association of Pharmacy Students (MAPS) and Students National Pharmacy Association (SNPhA) will deliver the shoes as a service learning project.

    You can find out more about Samaritan’s Feet at the following website:

  • Interactive Diversity Message Board

    An Interactive diversity message board via Facebook and Twitter will be hosted by the College of Agriculture Data Action Team.

  • Boiler Television Movies

    BTV will air a series of documentary films to educate and advocate about civil rights and film screening will include 42 – The Jackie Robinson story and Venus and Serena.

  • MLK Dream Exhibit

    Visit KNOY Hall and see the interactive exhibition of Dr. King where you will can share your Dream with the Purdue community. Sponsored by the College of Technology.

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