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The Jan. 19, 1998 Unity Summit was just one event put onto commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The University decided to cancel classes on King's national holiday, in part because of a student-led protest march held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1997. The protest, organized by the Student Coalition, demanded a campus-wide observance of the King holiday, as well as greater efforts to retain and recruit minority and women students and faculty. The administration met all of the Student Coalition's demands within a year. To combat students' inclinations to sleep in or sit at home on their day off from school, IU joined with the Bloomington community to create a "Day On, Not a Day Off" theme for the day. In an editorial published in the Indiana Daily Student, IU Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis urged students to participate in the events of the day or volunteer their services. "The King Day events provide an inspiring springboard to a semester of honest conversation and positive action," Gros Louis said.

The Jan. 19, 1998 Unity Summit was just one event put onto commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The University decided to cancel classes on King's national holiday, in part because of a student-led protest march held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 1997. The protest, organized by the Student Coalition, demanded a campus-wide observance of the King holiday, as well as greater efforts to retain and recruit minority and women students and faculty. The administration met all of the Student Coalition's demands within a year. To combat students' inclinations to sleep in or sit at home on their day off from school, IU joined with the Bloomington community to create a "Day On, Not a Day Off" theme for the day. In an editorial published in the Indiana Daily Student, IU Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis urged students to participate in the events of the day or volunteer their services. "The King Day events provide an inspiring springboard to a semester of honest conversation and positive action," Gros Louis said.