2016-2017 Schedule of Events

November 11, 2016
Fun Friday
Paul Robeson Cultural Center
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for food, music, MLK trivia, prizes and FUN outside of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC), ground floor HUB-Robeson Center

December 1, 2016
HUB-Robeson Center Take-Over
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Come learn about the upcoming MLK, Jr. Commemoration Week! Get tickets for this year’s speaker, engage with activities surrounding our theme, and also attend the Diversity and Social Justice Org Fair to join or learn about organizations focused on diversity and social justice issues.

Schedule for Commemoration Week

Sunday, January 15, 2017
42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet

Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the banquet begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Forum on Black Affairs will host the annual event. Tickets are $50 per person and available online via CVENT.  This year’s banquet chair is Wanda Knight at fobabanquet@psu.edu or 814-863-7313. Additional information about the Forum on Black Affairs can be found at  www.fobapsu.org

Monday, January 16, 2017
MLK, Jr. Day of Service
HUB – Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join us for the MLK, Jr. Day of Service on January 16th from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Meet in Alumni Hall and disperse to various locations on campus and throughout the State College community to do service for the day. Be sure to wear warm clothes in case you are outside! T-shirt and Food provided!

Sign up at volunteer.psu.edu

January 17, 18, 19, 2017
Letter Writing
Main Floor Tables – HUB- Robeson Center
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Write Letters to people experiencing incarceration with the Restorative Justice Initiative and share your story of a time you spoke up for injustice using the #iSpokeUpWhen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Silence Interrupted – A Talent Showcase & Social Justice Reception
HUB – Robeson Center, Heritage Hall
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Silence Interrupted will be an event focused on the forgotten stories of women and LGBT persons involved in the Civil Rights movement, and how they helped Dr. King to reach his goals. We will feature a talent contest of Penn State students who will answer a prompt surrounding our theme, “When Silence Becomes Betrayal,” via dance, poetry, art, music, or whatever way they choose to interpret the prompt. This event will also feature a Social Justice Reception with free food and discussion on various social justice topics.

If you are interested in performing/entering this contest please go to the Get Involved Tab to Apply! Applications Due November 30th

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Community Showcase
5:30  – 7:00 p.m.
HUB – Heritage Hall
This event features art, poetry, and essays for local youth throughout the State College Community. Join us as we celebrate elementary, middle, and high school students and their interpretation of this year’s MLK, Jr., Commemoration theme.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
RAWtools – A Commitment to Non-Violence
hosted by MLK, Jr. Commemoration & 3rd Way Collective
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Palmer Patio
This event is bringing in an organization, RAWtools, that collects guns and turns them into gardening tools. They will be doing a blacksmithing demonstration for students as well as bringing speakers who have been victims of Gun-Violence to discuss their experience.

Drew Allen
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Drew is a professor, author, and activist who recently published a book called, “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.” He will be speaking about justice, peace, ending racism, and ending gun-violence.  You can learn more about Drew at https://drewgihart.com/

The Gun Violence Debate: Should People on the No-Fly List be able to Buy Guns? – Hosted by MLK, Jr. Commemoration and Penn State Speech and Debate Society
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
HUB – Robeson Center, Heritage Hall
This debate will be hosted by the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee and the Penn State Speech and Debate Society and will give students a chance to hear multiple sides to this particular gun-violence debate as well as give the audience a chance to discuss the topic with other students, faculty, and staff.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Evening Celebration
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Schwab Auditorium
This culminating event of the week will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through various performances and featuring this year’s distinguished speaker: Dr. Cornel West. Tickets will be required for this event and can be found beginning December 1, 2016  at 103 HUB-Robeson Center, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Multicultural Resource Center, and via a link on Event Brite for local residents and the Commonwealth Campuses- link will be available December 1, 2016.