MLK Jr Events Galore at PSU

The 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration week at Penn State, offers students plentiful opportunities to become inspired, informed and engaged. By asking students to ‘Celebrate the Legacy: Act on the Dream’ in 2011, event organizers hope to continue Dr. King’s messages of peace and humility for all.

This year’s service campaign begins January 17 at 9:00 am in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt will be provided to any student who serves. Elisa Mekonen, 2011 Executive Director for MLK  Celebration week, said in an email that ‘approximately 400 students volunteers participate each year.’

At 2 pm, the Paterno library will feature the “Jack Rabin Collections on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists” in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library).

To conclude the day’s events is a Social Justice dinner from 7 to 9 in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. According to Mekonen, the event will also include a discussion on social justice issues. A panel of students and faculty will also discuss MLK’s heritage.

Events occurring later in the week include:

  • Evening Celebration, Jan. 18 from 7:30-9:30 in Eisenhower Auditorium. The event will feature a keynote address by Julian Bond, former Chairman of the Board of the NAACP.
  • Peace March, Jan. 19 from 4-5pm beginning at Pollock Commons and ending at Worship Hall in Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Following the Peace March will be the Peace March program and reception beginning at 5pm that includes student performances.
  • MLK, Jr. Speech Contest, Jan. 20, at 7pm, 100 Life Sciences. The event will feature four students presenting compositions on this year’s theme: ‘Celebrate the Legacy, Act on the Dream.’  Speeches will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the winner will receive a gift certificate to the Penn State bookstore for a semester’s worth of textbooks.

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