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
Travel information:  O
n Thursday, January 15, 2015, there will be two (2) shuttle bus round trips provided to the Penn Stater, from the HUB – Robeson Center and Shields Building, between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. (Following the conclusion of the banquet, there will be two (2) round trips back to Shields Building and the HUB – Robeson Center between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.)

40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet – [ Video]

Friday-Sunday, January 16-18, 2015
MLK Service Trip for Penn State students
Where: The Washington Seminar Center, Washington, D.C.
When: Depart 6:00 p.m. Friday, return by 5:00 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $30.00/person, includes transportation, lodging, food, and program 
(financial assistance is available) Interested Penn State students should register by Tuesday, January 13 at

This two-day trip is sponsored by the Lutheran Campus Ministry, Wesley PSU, Westminster Presbyterian Fellowship, 3rd Way Collective, and The Center for Spirituality and Ethical Development (CSED) and will include service, learning, interfaith reflection, sightseeing, and fun!

An informational meeting will be held at 8:00 p.m. on January 13 in the Harshbarger Room in the CSED; email for more information.

Monday, January 19, 2015
MLK Day of Service

Where: HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
When: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us as we come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and volunteer in our local community at various service agencies.  Sign up today at

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.

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 (Free ticketed event)
When: 6:30 p.m.
Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Office of Student Activities (209 HUB-Robeson Center).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Documentary Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, sponsored by the Penn State Reads program
Where: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
When: 7:00 p.m.
Little Rock Central high school was the first high school in the South to be desegregated, in 1957.  This documentary examines students’ lives at the school today, the legacy of desegregation, and the challenges facing America’s education today.  The documentary will be followed by a discussion led by Michael Burroughs, Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Evening Celebration featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Where: Schwab Auditorium (Free 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.

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Office of Student Activities (209 HUB-Robeson Center), the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (21 HUB-Robeson Center), or online at

Friday, January 23, 2015
Peace Sit-in

Where: West Cultural Lounge
When: 5:30 p.m.
The last event of the week will bring to life some of the past struggles Dr. King fought and allow for discussion on current issues.  Featuring student performances, this event will help everyone gain new perspectives and inspire you to make positive change.

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


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