Schedule of Events

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
November 2014 to January 2015

Monday, November 10, 2014
The Penn State Freedom Tour: What Next?
Where: HUB Auditorium
When: 8:00 p.m.

Eight undergraduate students who participated in a 2014 spring break tour of civil rights sites–Washington DC, Greensboro, Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham–will overview their experiences and invite others to join them in current efforts to further the cause of social justice.

December 8, 2014 through February 28, 2015
Poster Exhibit:  “University Libraries Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month”
Where: Pattee Library, Central Lobby (Mall Entrance)
Posters designed by Penn State students for the 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration poster design competition

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Forum on Black Affairs’ 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet

Where: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
When: 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Ticket information:  contact Grace Hampton, or 814-865-8113

Monday, January 19, 2015
MLK Day of Service

Where: HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
When: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To include partnership with The Penn State Student Red Cross Club for a blood drive to be held in Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

Monday, January 19, 2015

Audio broadcast of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s address at Rec Hall on January 21, 1965:  “Have You Heard? Notable Speeches at Penn State”
Where:  Foster Auditorium, E102 Paterno Library
When:  11:00 a.m.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Musical selections from The Pennsylvania State University choir Essence of Joy
Where:  Franklin Atrium, W106 Patee Library
When:  1:00 p.m.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Where:  Mann Assembly Room, E103 Paterno Library
When:  Immediately following the performance by Essence of Joy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Community Showcase
Where: West Cultural Lounge
When: 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Speak for Peace: Social Justice Reception and MLK Oratorical Contest
Where: HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall (ticketed event)
When: 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Evening Celebration featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Where: Schwab Auditorium (ticketed event)
When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; event begins at 7:00 p.m.
“Pharaoh and Moses: The Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Age of Obama”:   this lecture will address the continuities and conflicts between the prophetic legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the presidential legacy of Barack Obama. Using his recent books and essays on Dr. King and President Obama as well as recent national events in Ferguson and beyond as a starting point, Dr. Dyson will address their similarities, differences, and the clashing and confused expectations of Obama in light of his identification with Dr. King’s life and rhetoric.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Peace Sit-in

Where: West Cultural Lounge
When: 5:30 p.m.

[ More events and activities will be made available as they are received. ]