Editor’s note: This story will be updated as events are added.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State community will honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the 34th annual MLK Commemoration at University Park, with events during the month of January.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet — Bryce Jordan Center
On King’s birthday, the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet, presented by the Forum on Black Affairs, will celebrate King’s legacy and recognize members of the community who make a difference through King’s belief of advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. Tickets for the banquet usually sell out quickly; more information is available here.
Monday, Jan. 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet at Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Though students have a holiday from classes on Jan. 21 this year, many will be committing their day to serving the community during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center and then disperse to various locations throughout the community. Participants can sign up at http://www.volunteer.psu.edu/ and should be sure to wear warm clothes. T-shirts and breakfast will be provided.
World in Conversation pilot program
On Jan. 21, MLK Day, World in Conversation will expand its regular programming by partnering with the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity to offer facilitated dialogues for 600 faculty, staff, administrators and students. Each of the 60 groups is 90 minutes long and will include participants from each of these four populations.
Conversations will be at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Preregistration is required and is first-come, first-served. To register and for more information visit https://worldinconversation.org/mlk/.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
King Birthday Remembrance — 6 to 8 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, downtown State College
In collaboration with State College Borough, join others at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza for a moment of remembrance of King’s birthday (Jan. 15, 1929), and then to Federal Taphouse for hot chocolate.
Film: “Sorry to Bother You” — 7 to 9 p.m., 112 Kern Building
Named one of the top independent films of 2018 by the National Board of Review and the New Yorker, this genre-bending satire looks at the intersecting worlds of modern call centers, economic globalization, race relations, and efforts to unionize workers. The film is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Workers’ Rights.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Talking About Class (Workshop for Faculty and Staff) — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 312 Agricultural Engineering Building
“Talking About Class” invites Penn State faculty and staff to explore their class identities and engage in cross-class dialogue. This highly interactive workshop will also include conversation and reflection on how class dynamics play out here at Penn State and what strategies faculty and staff can pursue to make Penn State more equitable for students. This workshop will be led by two facilitators from Class Action (www.classism.org) and is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
Talking About Class (Student Workshop) — 6 to 8 p.m., 312 Agricultural Engineering Building
“Talking About Social Class” invites Penn State students to explore their social class identities and engage in cross-class dialogue. This highly interactive workshop will also include conversation and reflection on how class dynamics play out here at Penn State and what strategies we can pursue to make Penn State more equitable. This workshop will be led by two facilitators from Class Action (www.classism.org) and is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
Registration is requested. Pizza will be provided.
“Speak for Peace” — 6 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:40 p.m.), Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
During this oratorical contest, student contestants will recite their essays live in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win a book scholarship. This event will also feature performers and an educational component that aligns with the theme. No tickets are required; seating and food will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Friday, Jan. 25
Annual Evening Celebration, sponsored by the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Committee — 5:30 to 8 p.m., Schwab Auditorium
This culminating student-run event of the week will celebrate King’s life and legacy through various performances and distinguished speakers covering the topic of student activism and the theme of “Where Do We Go From Here: A Tradition of Resistance.” Speakers to be announced; visit mlk.psu.edu for more information.
Please note: Tickets are not available prior to the event and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Student Scholarships and Faculty/Staff Award
The 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Student Committee has also announced two student scholarships and a faculty/staff award:
- Applications for the scholarships, named in honor of two prominent civil rights activists — American novelist and social critic James Baldwin, and journalist, educator and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells, are now being accepted here.