Penn State Altoona hosts week of events in honor of MLK

Penn State Altoona hosts week of events in honor of MLK

Penn State Altoona will present a series of events in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. from January 21 - 25, 2013. The theme for the events is "Living King's Legacy: Making a Career of Humanity." In addition to the scheduled events, the celebratory week will include a written and video essay competition.

The events will kick off Monday, January 21 with the college's annual MLK Reflection Lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium of the Alder Athletic Complex. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Barbara Farmer, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Senior Lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. Events on Monday will wrap up with a Literary Reception at 4:00 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center. Students will share excerpts from MLK essays and video submissions.

An Interfaith Prayer service will be held Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel. The event will recognize Dr. King's steadfast commitment to religious and cultural tolerance.

A performance of the theatrical production "The Meeting" will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pond View Lounge of the Slep Student Center. The production imagines a conversation between two of America's most important civil rights figures: Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The event is sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities and the Student Activity Fee.

A Day of Service is planned for Thursday, January 24, offering students and community members several opportunities to get involved on a campus, local, and global level and make a difference.

MLK Week will wrap up on Friday, January 25 with a Campus Climate Breakfast Forum at 10:00 a.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Port Sky Cafe. Participants will discuss campus climate as it relates to interpersonal, academic, and professional interactions. Topics to be discussed include issues of diversity, discrimination, and advocacy in small group facilitated discussions.

For more information about MLK Week events and the essay contest, visit www.altoona.psu.edu/oied/mlk.php online.

Time: 
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:30am to Friday, January 25, 2013 - 5:00pm