Penn State Greater Allegheny will host students from six other Penn State campuses for a day of volunteer service to be held on Monday, Jan. 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day. More than 90 students are expected to participate.
Penn State’s Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) will host the 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet on King’s birthday, Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the President’s Hall at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Reflect on Yesterday. Experience Today. Transform Tomorrow."
Penn State Beaver students, along with those from other campuses, celebrated A Day On, Not a Day Off by volunteering their day away from the classroom to work in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21. Fifty students from Beaver, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango worked for organizations in DuBois while other students worked locally in Beaver County. The campuses annually join forces to work in communities in observance of the holiday.
"It is so important that we come together to get past racial differences, for our kids. None of us have the luxury of looking at a person and judging them by the color of their skin, or what they have or don't have. When we do that today, when you open your door and let your child out into the world, you are doing them a disservice. You are setting them up... Adults have kept racism alive and that has got to stop. We have got to come together for our children." -- Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges, speaking Wednesday (Jan. 23) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Celebration in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State's University Park campus.
On Jan. 21, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an estimated crowd of 8,000 people in Recreation Building on the Penn State University Park campus. He talked about the civil rights movement, America's legacy of slavery and segregation and the principles he believed would change the world. The event was commemorated in 2006 with a historical marker placed outside of Rec Hall. His speech follows.
On Jan. 21, instead of having the day off, students from Penn State Greater Allegheny will travel to Penn State DuBois to join students from other regional Penn State campuses for the Martin Luther King Jr. A Day On, Not A Day Off community service event. Also, a multi-media performance of "King's Dream" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, in Ostermayer Room, Student Community Center. The performance is an inspiring tribute to the life and teachings of King.
The 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Penn State's University Park campus will celebrate the life of the civil rights leader with the theme of "Let Justice Lead and Freedom Roar!" The 2013 MLK Commemoration will kick off with the sold-out annual Forum on Black Affairs Martin Luther King Memorial Banquet on Jan. 15. The keynote speaker will be Samuel C. Thompson Jr., professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions at Penn State Law.
Though students have a holiday from classes on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21), many will be committing their day to serving the community during the annual Day of Service. Also among many events scheduled to commemorate King's life and work, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges will speak at the Evening Celebration at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Schwab Auditorium. Tickets are required but free at several locations. At age 6 in 1960, Bridges became the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. Her march into the school came at a personal cost, but it became a landmark moment in civil rights history.
Penn State Beaver students continued their tradition of taking 'A Day On, Not a Day Off,' as they joined with students from other western Penn State campuses to conduct community services projects on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The day is a holiday for Penn State students, but many of them worked in outreach projects throughout the region. Every year students from Penn State's western campuses come together to conduct outreach efforts in their local communities. This year's primary coordinating campus was Penn State New Kensington. Robin Schreck, Beaver's coordinator of student activities and residence life, took Beaver students to New Kensington to work with them in service projects there, but Beaver students also worked on local projects. For information about the students' activities, contact Schreck at email@example.com or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.
Penn State's University Park community honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a simple yet powerful message to "Stand Up!" during its 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. The commemoration will be highlighted by a performance by Barry Scott, an authority on the life and works of King whose one-man play "Ain't Got Long to Stay Here" dramatizes the Civil Rights era. Scott recreates numerous figures of the era, capturing differing opinions and personalities that King faced. He will perform at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Journalist and social activist Jeff Johnson will be keynote speaker for the Evening Celebration scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Schwab Auditorium. Johnson is an award-winning journalist and commentator in national media who is committed to fostering broad-based communication about issues of race, politics, popular culture and socioeconomics.
Continuing their tradition of taking "A Day On, Not a Day Off," many Penn State Beaver students will join students from the western Penn State campuses to conduct community services projects on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The day is a holiday for Penn State students.
A group of Penn State Beaver students and Student Affairs staff members celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 17, by working in a variety of local and regional community outreach projects. About 80 students from Beaver and five other regional Penn State campuses gathered at Penn State Fayette to participate in numerous community service efforts. In addition, Beaver campus participants assisted the Center for Hope in moving into a new, larger location in Ambridge.
Penn State York will remember the late Martin Luther King Jr. with three events in celebration of his life as part of the program Wake Up! Realize the Dream. A day of service is set for Monday, Jan. 17, a noon-hour program featuring the York City Mayor C. Kim Bracey on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and a Speak Out on Freedom is set for noon Wednesday, Jan. 19. Events on campus take place in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. All three events are sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee.
Penn State students have a holiday from classes on Monday, Jan. 17, the observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but many will commit the day off to serving the community as part of a University-wide commemoration of King's legacy. This year, Penn State Lehigh Valley will serve as the host for dozens of students from the Northeast Regional Penn State campuses as they gather in Center Valley to honor the vision of King and perform service at locations throughout the area.
Penn State's University Park campus will honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. with a message urging all to "Celebrate the Legacy, Act on the Dream," during its 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. The commemoration will be highlighted by the Evening Celebration from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 in Eisenhower Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Julian Bond, chairman of the board of directors of the NAACP and a servant for social change, dignity, peace and freedom for the past half century.