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Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Indiana University

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be commemorated as an official IU holiday on Jan. 19. Check back to this site for an updated list of planned events and activities from the campuses.

IU Bloomington

IUPUI (Indianapolis)

IU East

IU Kokomo

IU Northwest

IU South Bend

IU Southeast


IU Bloomington

Wednesday, Jan. 14
WHAT: Program “The Civil Rights Movement and How It Affects Us Today”
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
PLACE: Neal Marshall Culture Center Grand Hall
SPONSOR: Neal Marshall Black Culture Center
Thursday, Jan. 15
WHAT: Indiana University Libraries MLK Holiday Film Festival
TIME: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
PLACE: Main Library Media Showing Room E-174
SPONSOR: IU Libraries
DESCRIPTION: Black Americans of Achievement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 9-9:30 a.m.; Thurgood Marshall, 9:30-10 a.m.; The Strange Demise of Jim Crow, 10-11 a.m.; Four Little Girls, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Thurgood Marshall: Portrait of an American Hero, 12:30-1 p.m.; Simple Justice, 1-3:30 p.m.; Freedom Justice: A Salute to the Heroes of the Black Struggle, 3:30-5 p.m.; The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Terror and Triumph, 1940-1954, 5-6 p.m.; The Road to Brown, 6-7 p.m.; Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, 7-8:30 p.m.

WHAT: Film: Antone Fisher
TIME: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
PLACE: Whittenberger Auditorium (IMU)
SPONSOR: Union Board
DESCRIPTION: Film will be shown twice nightly through Jan 18

WHAT: MLK Poetry Slam
TIME: 8 p.m.
PLACE: Read Hoosier Café
SPONSOR: CommUNITY Educators

Friday, Jan 16
WHAT: Memphis/Birmingham Trip
SPONSORS: CommUNITY Education Program, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
DESCRIPTION: Educational trip to Memphis and Birmingham to explore King’s legacy and the civil rights movement. Fee of $20 per person includes transportation to and from Memphis and Birmingham, admission to the Civil Rights Museum and lodging for two nights. Space is limited. For more information, contact Tyeisha Lyons at tylyons@indiana.edu

Sunday, Jan. 18
TIME: 1-6 p.m.
PLACE: Willkie Auditorium
SPONSOR: CommUNITY Educators
DESCRIPTION: Speaker and crafts.

WHAT: “Expresso Your Freedom”
TIME: 8 p.m.
PLACE: Eigenmann Hall
DESCRIPTION: “Expresso” your freedom through music, art, dance, song, the spoken word at Eigenmann’s coffee house open mic night. Enjoy hot coffee, hot cocoa and pastries.

Monday, Jan. 19
WHAT: “Day On! Not a Day Off”
PLACE: Various sites around Bloomington and Monroe County
SPONSORS: City of Bloomington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee and the Bloomington Volunteer Network in cooperation with the IU Student Activities Office and Volunteer Students Bureau.
DESCRIPTION: IU students, staff and faculty join community volunteers to work together at service projects around Bloomington and Monroe County. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities will be posted at www.volunteerbloomington.org  For more information: 812-855-4311.
WHAT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activity Day
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
PLACE: School of Education
SPONSORS: Dean’s Advisory Council and School of Education
DESCRIPTION: Forty elementary students from the Benneker Community Center and Girls Inc. will have an activity day. Staff and students will serve as mentors/guides for the children.

WHAT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service Celebrating Diversity
TIME: 9-10 a.m.
PLACE: Whittenberger Auditorium (IMU)
WHAT: Read-Out
TIME: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
PLACE: Monroe County Public Library
SPONSOR: The Children’s Department
DESCRIPTION: A multicultural “Read Out” to raise awareness of children’s literature and literacy issues featuring presentation of children’s books by diverse community and campus organizations. Contact the Children’s Department at 812-349-3100 for more information.

WHAT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Student Leadership Brunch (by invitation)
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: Alumni Hall
SPONSOR:  King Day Celebration Committee
DESCRIPTION:  The event will honor the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Competition and an unveiling of the Project Respect 2004 poster will be made.

WHAT: Unity Summit
TIME: Noon
PLACE: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall
SPONSORS: Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos, King Day Celebration Committee, CommUNITY Educators, IU Student Association.
DESCRIPTION: Discussions on a variety of topics including race relations, hate crimes, classroom dynamics. Box lunches provided to first 100 participants.

WHAT: ACC Arts & Crafts Table at Martin Luther King, Jr. Fair of Fun
TIME: 12-4 p.m.
PLACE: Bloomington High School South
SPONSOR: Asian Culture Center at IU
DESCRIPTION: For more information, contact the ACC at E-mail: acc@indiana.edu or telephone: 812-856-5361.

WHAT: Ellis Cose, King Day Celebration Keynote Speaker
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
SPONSOR: Office of Multicultural Affairs
DESCRIPTION: Cose is a noted author, columnist and editor (http://www.elliscose.com/author.html). For more information, telephone 812- 855-9632; E-mail: mapicket@indiana.edu or http://www.indiana.edu/~oma 

WHAT:  King Day Holiday Celebration
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
SPONSOR: City of Bloomington
DESCRIPTION: A keynote address by Michael Gordon, new music by David Baker and Sarah Stevens, and performances by the IU African American Choral Ensemble under the direction of Dr. James Mumford are planned. The celebration includes a presentation of the annual  King Award, an announcement of the winners of the Web Page Design Contest for students in the Monroe County Community Corporation, and recognition of volunteers and organizations participating in “A Day On! Not a Day Off!” Reception will follow.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
WHAT: “You Have A Dream”
TIME: 6 p.m.
PLACE: Forest Quadrangle
DESCRIPTION: There will be a poetry/speech/essay contest for residents to share their dreams of racial/cultural unity and equality. There will also be a viewing of  King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

WHAT: “All Men Are Created Equal”
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Collins Living Learning Center
SPONSOR: CommUNITY Educators
DESCRIPTION: Brother Outsider, a film depiction of Bayard Rustin’s life.
WHAT: Student Panel
TIME: 7-9 p.m.
PLACE: McNutt Quadrangle
SPONSORS: Neal Marshall Black Culture Center and McNutt Quad

Wednesday, Jan. 21
WHAT: A discussion of Brown v. Board of Education: “With All Deliberate Speed”
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Main Library Media Showing Room E-174
SPONSOR: IU Libraries
DESCRIPTION: Speakers will be Mary Howard-Hamilton (School of Education), Byron Craig (Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies), and Tahirah Zubaidah Akbar-Williams (School of Library and Information Science).

WHAT: Conversations on Race Relations within the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Communities
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: Ararat Room, Trinity Episcopal Church, 111 Grant St.
SPONSORS: Bloomington Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
DESCRIPTION: PFLAG will host Byron Reynolds of Brothers United in Indianapolis and local panelists. Doug Bauder will serve as moderator.

Thursday, Jan. 22
WHAT: Breakfast and Panel Discussion: “Being Gay at IU”
TIME: 8-9:30 a.m.
PLACE: Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall
SPONSORS: Bloomington Professional Council and the King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee.
DESCRIPTION: Start your day with a thoughtful discussion about the pros and cons of being gay and working for IU, fortified with a delicious breakfast. Panels will include university faculty, staff and students. (Limited Seating).

WHAT: “Freedom Riders”
TIME 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ashton Barnes Residence Hall
SPONSOR: CommUNITY Educators
DESCRIPTION: Students will re-enact the march in Selma by marching through campus and listening to speeches at various stops.

WHAT: “The Role of Campus Religious Organizations in the Civil Rights Movement”
TIME: 7-8 p.m.
SPONSOR: King Day Celebration Committee
DESCRIPTION: Clergy discuss the role of various campus religious organizations and their relationship to the civil rights movement.

Friday, Jan. 23
WHAT: Over a Cup of Tea presents “The `60s at IU: A Panel of IU Civil Rights Activists”
TIME: 4-5 p.m.
PLACE: IMU, University Club, President’s Room
SPONSOR: Asian Culture Center
DESCRIPTION: Mary Ann Wynkoop, author of Dissent in the Heartland: The Sixties at Indiana University, moderates a panel of alumni who were active participants in the civil rights movement as students at IU. Panel participants include local attorney Guy Loftman, veterinarian Michael List, Edwin Marshall (School of Optometry) and Ted Najam, a judge with the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Friday, Jan. 28
WHAT: AIDS quilt display
PLACE: Alumni Hall (IMU)
SPONSOR: Student Global AIDS Campaign
DESCRIPTION: Exhibit runs through Jan 30.

Friday, Jan. 29
WHAT: “Steppin’ up to the Dream”
PLACE: Willkie Auditorium
SPONSOR: King, Jr. Day Celebration Committee
DESCRIPTION: Step and dance performances.


IUPUI (Indianapolis)

Monday, Jan. 19
WHAT: 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner
TIME: 6 p.m.
PLACE: The Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis
SPONSOR: Campus & Community Life @ IUPUI
DESCRIPTION: The theme for this year’s dinner is "Striving for Excellence, and Continuing the Dream." This year’s speaker will be Dr. Ben Carson, world famous pediatric neurosurgeon whose expertise is in separating conjoined twins and conducting brain surgery to control seizures. Individual tickets for the King Dinner are $20 each for IUPUI undergraduate students, $35 for IUPUI faculty and staff, and $35 for community guests. Tickets for tables of 8 are also available.
For additional information, contact Campus and Community Life at 317-274-3931.

IU East
Monday, Jan. 19
WHAT: MLK Day Read-Out
TIME: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
PLACE: Morrison-Reeves Library
SPONSOR: Indiana Reading Corps
DESCRIPTION: Guest readers, crafts, free books and more! All parents and children invited to attend. For more information, contact the Indiana Reading Corps at 765-973-8480.

IU Kokomo

Wednesday, Jan. 14
WHAT: Dr. King Luncheon
TIME: 11:30-1 p.m.
PLACE: To be announced
SPONSOR: IUK Student Activities
For more information, contact cibarnes@iuk.edu

IU Northwest

Sunday, Jan. 18
WHAT: "Martin and Me"
TIME: 4-5 p.m.
PLACE: Tamarack Theatre at Indiana University Northwest
SPONSOR: IU Northwest Diversity Programming Group
DESCRIPTION: A multimedia theatrical celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. The hour-long, free performance includes music, poetry, video and dramatic presentation: written and directed by playwright James H. Chapmyn, who will answer questions after the presentation.
For more information, call 219-981-5609.

IU South Bend

Thursday, Jan. 15
WHAT: MLK Program
TIME: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Main Cafeteria
SPONSOR: Student Support @IUSB
DESCRIPTION: The IUSB Gospel Choir will perform.
For more information, contact Charlotte Pfeifer at 764-237-6536 or cpfeifer@iusb.edu

IU Southeast

Tuesday, Jan. 20
WHAT: Dr. King Candlelight Vigil
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Clock Tower
SPONSOR: Office of Equity and Diversity, http://www.ius.edu/EqDiv
DESCRIPTION: Participants are invited to bring a speech, poem or presentation to share during the commemoration of Dr. King’s works.

Thursday, Jan. 29
WHAT:  “How to Handle Racist and Stereotypical Comments”
TIME: 12:15 P.M.
PLACE: Scribner-Clark Room
SPONSOR: Office of Equity and Diversity
DESCRIPTION:  The program will define what racism and stereotyping are, their effects and how to best handle comments that are racist or stereotypical in nature. Bring a sack lunch.