Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center was busy on Monday (Jan. 19) as a Red Cross blood drive was held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. All classes were canceled at Penn State for the day, enabling students to participate in service activities such as this blood drive, in honor of King.
Penn State senior Mark Anthony spent time at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center, writing letters to the elderly, soldiers and children in hospitals. In addition to those letters, valentine cards were prepared, all as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Human Race Machine was a popular spot for many of the students. The participant is seated, digitally photographed and then altered to look white, black, Asian and Indian. Here, Sarah Cheoius instructs Alyssia Peephatkn on the operation of the machine.
The choir Essence of Joy, led by Tony Leach, filled the interior of Pattee Library with songs of praise and hope as part of the special activities held on the University Park campus in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Penn State's University Park campus, Arun Gandhi visited Eisenhower Auditorium on Jan. 21 to talk about the challenge of obtaining world peace. Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of India's late spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi. In 1946, just before India gained independence from Britain, Arun's parents took him to live with his grandfather for 18 months. At 23, Arun returned to India, worked as a reporter for The Times of India, and co-founded India's Center for Social Unity, whose mission is to alleviate poverty and caste discrimination. Arun and his wife, Sunanda, came to the United States in 1987 and in 1991 founded the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tenn.
Nearly 25 Penn State students came out for the annual Martin Luther King ,Jr. march that started at the Allen Street gates and proceeded up the mall and under the library bridge.