IU campuses will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16 with activities ranging from discussions to film showings.
The activities will include IU-Purdue University Indianapolis’ MLK Day of Service, where students will work to give back to their community.
James Wimbush, vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and dean of the University Graduate School, said many of IU’s students and faculty are leaders of positive change.
“The breadth of activities taking place illustrates not only how the Indiana University community can come together in goodwill but also how individuals can make a difference through Dr. King’s values of courage and compassion,” Wimbush said in a press release.
IU-Bloomington’s celebration is centered on the theme of “The Power Of One.” The celebration will feature keynote speaker John Quiñones, who is the host of the ABC television show “What would you do?”
There will be a leadership breakfast where Building Bridges Awards will be given to students, staff and community members whose contributions have honored King’s ideas.
Registration for the breakfast must be completed by Jan. 10, and there is limited seating. In the event that seating is full, the breakfast will be streamed on broadcast.iu.edu starting at 8:30 a.m.
The events in Bloomington do not conclude with the breakfast, however. At 6 p.m., the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will be the location of a birthday celebration for King. The celebration will have music and guest speaker Adam Foss, who is an advocate for criminal justice reform.
The event is free to the public.
Other events include “The Power of Protest,” which is organized by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the O’Neill Graduate Center; the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center’s “Unity Summit: From Words to Actions” event from noon to 1 p.m.; and Black Lives Matter with David Banner, which is organized by Kappa Alpha Psi’s Alpha Chapter in Ballantine Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.
At IU-Kokomo, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is organizing a screening of the documentary “13th.” IU-Purdue University Columbus is organizing a discussion about building alliances for justice. IU-Northwest Gary will feature author Joy DeGruy as a speaker for the celebration.
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