2015 Purdue University Commemoration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Purdue University has assembled a variety of programs to cause reflection on the life and urgency of Dr. King. The 2015 theme is "The Fierce Urgency of Now." The offerings include lectures, service, learning opportunities, discussions, and film screenings throughout January.

Thursday, January 15

Birthday cake will be distributed by PMU and University Residence Dining Service for free with promotional info on the lecture by Dr. Hill.

Candlelight Vigil

6 pm; Black Cultural Center
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host a solemn memorial walk in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The march will commence at the BCC and conclude at Loeb Theatre.

Purdue Dreamer Award

7 pm; Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
Given annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue community to honor contributions that embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others and further the University's commitment to diversity.

Keynote Address by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

7 pm; Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of the Huffington Live and BET News as well as a political contributor for CNN.

Monday, January 19

Boiler Volunteer Network Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service is considered "A Day On, Not a Day Off" focused on performing community action to help empower and strengthen communities. Purdue recognizes Dr. King's life and teachings by encouraging students, faculty, and staff members to be involved in community service efforts by serving at agencies working to impact positive change in the community on issues including economic opportunity, education, environment, and healthy living. Students and organizations will volunteer at various United Way and community organizations. Meet at Cordova Rec Center. Breakfast catered by University Dining Services.

Register online.

High School/Middle School educational outreach

Students from the Jefferson High School African American Leaders of Tomorrow and Tecumseh Middle School will participate in an interactive conversation after viewing “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.” The film tells the inspiring story of a young gay man who took a stand against the bullying he experienced in school. It is designed to create empathy for victims and encourage others to take action. The documentary is produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tuesday, January 20

Presentation/Panel by National Diversity Council of Indiana (Indianapolis)

Time/Location TBD

Documentary Screening - "Skin Deep"

12-1:30 pm; Pfendler Hall, Room 241
Moderated by Dr. Kip Williams, professor of psychology at Purdue University. Sponsored by Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.

Diversity in Science Forum

3-4 pm; Lawson, Room 1142
Featuring Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Regents Professor of Mathematics at Arizona State University. Sponsored by the College of Science.

Wednesday, January 21

Diversity Across Indiana

12 pm; Pfendler Hall, Room 241
Guest Panel: Our Champions for Change — Making strides in character building, social responsibility, public health disparities, diversity-sensitive policies, collaboration and awareness efforts. Bring your lunch and participate in an interactive discussion with five panelists from different areas working and advocating for diversity.

Disability Fair Day

4-7 pm; Third Street Suites
Collaboration of Purdue 360, Alpha Xi Delta, Autism Speaks and Disability Resource Center

Thursday, January 22


12 pm; Pfendler Hall, Room 241
Speaker/Performer Michael Fosberg will begin a dialogue about heritage, race and identity through a highly effective performance entitled “Incognito.” The discussion following the performance offers profound insight into the community as it inspires audiences to share their experiences and concerns about identity openly with one another.

Presented by Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

"Brother Outsider"

7 pm; Cordova Recreation Center
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS’ P.O.V. series, Logo/MTV and public television’s America ReFramed series, “Brother Outsider” has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Friday, January 23

Brown Bag Luncheon: On the Move for Diversity

12 pm; Pfendler Hall, Room 241
Join the Colleges of Colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences and Veterinary Medicine for a discussion with the Purdue University Police Department. Subjects covered will include safety on and around campus as well as the building of their relationships with Purdue and the greater Lafayette community. Chief Cox and a couple of his staff will present and address questions from the audience.

Friday Night Funk Out

Krach Leadership Center

Ongoing throughout week of January 15-21

Purdue Libraries Display Cases

Drawing upon the Libraries collections and services, Purdue Libraries faculty and staff will create and mount displays in libraries across campus on a variety of topics related to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Boiler Television Movies

University Residences Film Screening on BTV in honor of MLK throughout the week. Movies include “Citizen Kane,” “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” “Spies of Mississippi” and “The March.” The films will air throughout the month of January.

College Mentors for Kids

College Mentors for Kids will experience the Teaching for Tolerance curriculum by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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