Penn State plans Martin Luther King Jr. observance, activities

January 06, 2006

The following events are planned to celebrate and commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.:

-- Jan. 17: "The Road to Freedom: A Journey Toward Peace," presented by Key Arts Productions, a live, multi-media presentation highlighting the work of civil rights pioneers through the centuries that includes musical performances by actors and big-screen video images. The event is free to the public. 3 p.m., auditorium, Student Union Building.


-- Monday, Jan. 16: Volunteers visit the Police Athletic League and work with children ages 5 through 12 on a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Monday, Jan. 16: Candlelight vigil, 7 p.m. outside the Perkins Student Center. A reception, featuring student performances in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., will be held in the multipurpose room of the Perkins Student Center. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

-- Jan. 18: Signing of nonviolence pledges, noon, Hiller Auditorium.

-- Jan. 18: Kevan Yenerall, associate professor of political science at Clarion University, "Old as the Scriptures ... Clear as the Constitution: Dr. Martin Luther King, Drum Major for Justice and Peace," 12:15 p.m., Hiller Auditorium.

-- Jan. 16 through Jan. 20: Posters showcasing important individuals and moments during the civil rights movement will be displayed at various locations on campus.

-- Jan. 16: Martin Luther King's biography played continuously on a large screen, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bruno's, Reed Union Building.

-- Jan. 16: "What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Say Today? Shattered Dreams," a performance featuring Leon Williams, director of intercultural affairs at Buena Vista University, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Dobbins Gazebo.

-- Jan. 17: As a service project, various student organizations will speak and read to children at the Behrend Child Care Center about King and the civil rights movement.

-- Jan. 18: "One Race, One People, One Peace," a theatrical performance full of humor, drama and truth, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., McGarvey Commons, Reed Union Building.

-- Jan. 19: "Is compromising civil rights justified in the war on terrorism?," a video presentation featuring Steve Albrecht and Dale Kelly Bankhead, discussion follows, 6 to 7 p.m., 117 Reed Union Building.

-- Jan. 20: As a service project, students will be distributing collected school supplies to two local elementary schools and a day care.

-- Jan. 21: As a service project, various student organizations will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in the City of Erie.

-- Jan. 17: Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration program, 1:30 p.m., Community Center. Fayette honors the brightest and best local junior and senior high school students in the following categories: academics, athletics, community service and the Performing Arts. More than 75 students will be honored. Keynote speaker for the event is Tim Stevens, former president of the Allegheny County NAACP.

-- Jan. 16: "Millie D's Bar & Grill," an original drama depicting what happens when a white family stumbles into an African-American-owned eating establishment in Pennsylvania during the segregated 1950s, noon, Monday, Jan. 16, the Capital Union Building.

Mont Alto
-- Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. candlelight ceremony, sponsored by the Black Student Union, 7 p.m., Wiestling Student Center.

New Kensington
-- Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration, audio and videotapes of King's speeches, cake and punch, noon, Cat's Pause Cafe.

Penn College
-- Jan. 16: Lunchtime movie and discussion, Martin Luther King Jr. video, "I Have a Dream," noon, Klump Academic Center Auditorium; roundtable discussion: "Is His Dream Still Alive? The Continued Impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on Today's Society," 7:30 p.m., Bush Campus Center TV Lounge; movie, "Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream," 8:30 p.m., Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

-- Jan. 16-19: Student essay contest, "I Have a Dream," tell us your dream for a peaceful nation. Essays limited to 150-200 words. All entries must be submitted to Michael Hersh via e-mail by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The author of the winning essay will receive a $25 gift certificate and have the essay posted on PCToday.

-- Through Jan. 20: Trivia contest, forms available at Bush Campus Center Information Desk or the Susquehanna Room display. Return completed forms to the Campus Center Information Desk by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Entries with eight or more correct answers to be entered in a drawing to win two day-passes to the Fitness Center and a free video or game rental.

-- Through Jan. 21: Tune to WPTC-FM 88.1 to hear excerpts from Martin Luther King's most famous speeches.

-- Through Jan. 21: Educational displays to be offered around campus celebrating the life and impact of Martin Luther King Jr.

University Park
-- Jan. 12-13 and 17-20: "Eyes on the Prize," showing from 11a.m.-2 p.m., main video screen, HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 14 and 17-20: "The Human Race Machine," including a continuous showing of "Motherland: A Genetic Journey," and the opportunity for skin-color assessment and computer-generated morphing of a photograph of the participant's facial features, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Galbraith Lounge, HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 14: Blues with Tom Poole, 10 p.m. WPSU-FM, 91.5.

-- Jan. 15: 6 p.m.: Forum on Black Affairs Martin Luther King Jr. banquet, 6 p.m., The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

-- Jan. 16: Penn State's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, all day.

-- Jan.16: American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 16: Penn State Forum with guest speaker Roslyn Brock, vice chair of the NAACP, 11:30 a.m., The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Tickets required. Information: online.

-- Jan. 16: Peace service and march, 4 p.m., beginning at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center and ending at HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Dinner (MLK Day of Service Closing/ Tunnel of Oppression Opening). Program begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 16 through March 10: "Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month," an exhibit featuring posters designed by Penn State graphic arts students, on display in the Pattee Library exhibit area. This year's theme is "Wake Up! Realize the Dream" and the winner of the poster-design competition is Katie Causer.

-- Jan. 16: Video of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1990 convocation with excerpts from speech delivered at Rec Hall on Jan. 21, 1965, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library.

-- Jan. 16 and Jan. 17-19: Tunnel of Oppression, 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 17-19, in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center.

-- Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Speech Contest, 7 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

-- Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Marker reception, 5 p.m., Hintz Family Alumni Center.

-- Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Celebration, 7 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Keynote speaker: the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

-- Jan. 19: Bach's Lunch Concert. African-American choral music with Essence of Joy and Essence 2, 12:10 p.m., Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

-- Jan. 17: "Let's Talk About it: Featuring Excerpts from 'Crash,'" noon, Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. This a discussion of stereotypes, prejudice, diversity and more, facilitated by a panel of students and staff. Refreshments will be served.

-- Jan. 18: Readings from the civil rights movement, noon, Community Room, Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

-- Jan. 18: "Millie D's Bar and Grill,"a dramatic play set in York, in the 1950s, 7:30 p.m., Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. No ticket required. Set in the segregated 1950s in a roadside restaurant along the Lincoln Highway outside of York, the play explores what happens when a white family stumbles into an African-American-owned eating establishment. The play is presented by PenOwl Productions. A reception will be held immediately following with Dorothy King, playwright.

-- Jan. 19: Komplex, spoken word poet, 7 p.m., John T. and Paige S. Smith Atrium, Pullo Family Performing Arts Center/Lee R. Glatfelter Library.

-- Jan. 19: Giving Back to the Community Book Collection and Habitat Day. The children's book collection drive, held through Jan. 20, benefits Jefferson Early Learning Center. Collection bins are located around campus.

-- Jan. 21: Habitat for Humanity Work Day, 8:30 a.m. to noon, work sessions. Penn State York students and staff will join together to provide community service at a Habitat site to be determined. Sign up outside the Lion's Den.

-- Jan 16: Roslyn McCallister Brock, vice chairman of the NAACP national board of directors and director of System Fund Development for the Sisters of Bon Secours Health System Inc., "When You Find Your Voice You Can Transform A Nation," part of Penn State Forum Speaker Series, noon to 1 p.m., in T-18. Faculty, staff and students welcome.

-- Jan. 17: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Underground Railroad in NEPA ," noon to 1p.m., 105 Hayfield Building. Jesse Teitelbaum from the Luzerne County Historical Society, lecture and power point presentation highlighting William Gildersleeve, local preacher and abolitionist, who aided many slaves on the underground railroad through Wyoming Valley and on up to New York state. Lunch provided. RSVP to Jackie Warnick Piatt at (570) 675-9284.

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