Schedule of Events

31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
75 Days ’til MLK!
Where: HUB-Robeson Center, Monumental Staircase
When: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join in the anticipation celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and enjoy special performances, snacks, and prizes.

Leaders of Social Justice Poster Series
Where: HUB-Robeson Center
When: Ongoing December 2015 – January 2016

Stop by the HUB-Robeson Center to view posters recognizing world leaders that have made significant impacts in peace and social justice.

Monday, January 4, 2016 through Monday, February 29, 2016
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 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration poster design competition

Friday, January 15, 2016
Forum on Black Affairs’ 31st 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 6:00 p.m.)
Ticket information: Tickets go on sale before Thanksgiving. Please contact Iyun Osagie, MLK Banquet Chair at 814-865-0334. Shuttle information: On Friday, January 15, 2016, 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.

Monday, January 18, 2016
MLK Day of Service
Where: Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
When: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through serving others in the greater State College community. Light breakfast and a lunch will be served. Free t-shirt included! Sign up at

Monday, January 18, 2016
Hourly presentations of:
“Martin Luther King, Jr.: Look Here” (2007)
One of the first in-depth televised interviews given by Dr. King on the NBC News show Look Here, broadcast on October 27, 1957 (30 minutes)
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday” (1978)
The story of how Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday became a national holiday  (25 minutes)

Where: Foster Auditorium, E102 Paterno Library
When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Musical selections from The Pennsylvania State University choir Essence of Joy
Where: Barbara Hackman Franklin Atrium, W106 Pattee Library
When: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Evening Celebration featuring Sybrina Fulton
Where: Schwab Auditorium  (Free ticketed event)
When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; event begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m.

  • Tickets will be available at the Multicultural Resource Center, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, in the Office of Student Activities in 103 HUB-Robeson, and then they will also be available at the Involvement Fair Monday and Tuesday of this week and also at Information Tables on the Ground Floor of the
    HUB – TuesdayThursday from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Please contact Kelli Dowd (814) 867-1242 if you are unable to make it to any of these locations and want to secure tickets. First come, first serve!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Film Showing of “I Have a Dream” and other influential speeches
Where: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
When: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Activism & Social Justice: An Interactive Exhibit
Where: HUB-Robeson Center Philanthropy Tables
When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Community Showcase
Where: 129 HUB-Robeson Center
When: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments served

Partnering with State College area schools, the Community Showcase is an art, poetry, and essay contest.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speak for Peace: Social Justice Reception and MLK Oratorical Contest “Free-ticket event”
Where: Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
When: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee, Speak for Peace is an opportunity to discuss pressing social justice issues over dinner as well as hear a speech competition focused on this year’s theme for the MLK, Jr Commemoration; Keep Moving Forward. 

Monday, January 25, 2016 – #takethenextstep
Where: Freeman Auditorium
When: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
An opportunity to discuss the next steps we can all take in the fight for social justice

Late Spring (TBA)
Peace March

Please check back for updates and more events!