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2013 Schedule of MLK Events

2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration

"The Road to Social Justice Begins with One Step"

All Events are FREE!



The MSU-Detroit Center Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MSU faculty, students, staff and local communities are invited to join in the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the City of Detroit.  Click on the title link for a complete schedule of activities that span a two-week period.

December 18, 2012 (5:00 p.m. deadline)

3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award:  In an effort to build the body of work authored by students that support the MSU and Martin Luther King, Jr. ideals of inclusive excellence, we encourage a submission of MSU student research papers and creative projects on topics of inclusion, diversity, and marginalized populations.  First Prize $500, Second Prize $300 and Third Prize $200.  Contact loeb@msu.edu.  Co-sponsored by:  RCAH, James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College and Honors College.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MSU Libraries -- Social Justice Film Series and Discussion: "The Loving Story", presented by Catherine Grosso, MSU College of Law, 7:00 p.m., Main Library North Conference Room (4th Floor West)

Friday, January 18, 2013

College of Education student group, Tomorrow's Educators for the Advancement of Multiculturalism (TEAM), will be hosting MLK Day with Pattengill Middle School in Lansing, Michigan on Friday, January 18, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Pictures from the day, student speeches and posters will be on display in the Erickson Hall lobby the week of January 21, 2013.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

MLK Student Leadership Conference & Resource Fair  

"Showtyme @ MSU": A family-friendly and educational event where students perform their many talents in front of a panel of judges and enthusiastic audience. An evening of entertainment and fun. Sponsored by the University Activities Board (UAB)

College of Education and The Graduate School:  "Advance to Adventure" (ATA) Conference, starting January 19th through January 21st2013 --The goal of ATA is to provide an aooportunity for an inclusive group of potential MSU graduate students to realize their dreams of graduate studies at Michigan State University.  Students selected for participation will contribute substantially to the intellectual, geographical, racial, and ethnic population of diverse graduate students at MSU.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer & Protest"Musical expressions of the struggle for social justice, equality and civil rights performed by the Professors of Jazz and students in the Jazz Studies Program.

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Into the Streets": “The time is always right to do what is right” - Martin Luther King Jr --An opportunity to actively engage in community service activities.

MSU Libraries -- Social Justice Film Series and Discussion: "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow: Promises Betrayed (1865 - 1896),12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Main Library Reference Instruction Room (1st Floor).  Popcorn will be served.

Residential College in the Arts and Humanites is hosting Visiting Artist, Eto Otitigbe, “Loss Prevention,” RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery, C200 Snyder Hall,1:30-2:30pm--An occasion to talk with visiting New York-based polymedia artist Eto Otitigbe about his work and career.  He investigates “cultural byproducts of struggle” through photos, videos, and object installations.  Otitigbe’s works are symbolic gestures of remembrance and coping with loss.  They draw on iconic moments in the histories of the Civil Rights Movement and anti-colonial struggles as well as current figures such as Trayvon Martin.  They ask us to reflect on the nature of loss and how we can continue to honor and redeem loss, individually and collectively. Example of Otitigbe's art:  "Ascension, or Dude Ascending Staircase" (2011)

The Commemorative March to Beaumont TowerThe Zeta Delta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the official MLK Commemorative Celebration March Captains. For over 30 years, thousands of MSU students, administrators and staff have come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and other Civil Rights activists. This is your opportunity to follow their lead by participating in this historic event. Organizations are encouraged to bring their organizational banners to the march.March participants will gather in the lobby on the first floor of the Union Building at 3:00 p.m. for a short presentation by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., followed immediately with the March to Beaumont Tower.

MSU Museum -- East Meets West: The Transgender Community of Istanbul, Heritage Gallery. Exhibit opening, Monday, January 21, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guest Lecture: Mary Robert, Saturday, February 9, 1:00 p.m., MSU Union Ballroom; Reception at MSU Museum, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in partnership with Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC).  The exhibit is presented in partnership with the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives,  MSU Asian Studies Center, Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context,  College of Arts and Letters (Department of Art, Art History, and Design), and the MSU LBGT Resource Center.

Commemorative Community Dinner: A gathering of faculty, students, staff and community members to share in the spirit of diversity and inclusion in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Doors open at 4:45 p.m., program starts at 5:30 p.m.) Akers Dining Hall. Contact:  D. Venice Smith, Community Dinner Coordinator.

College of Arts & Letters: "Martin Luther King's Legacy and The Future of Affirmative Action, 105 South Kedzie Hall, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Panelists will include Scott Michaelson, Engineering, David Kirkland, Engineering, Sheila Contreras, Writing Rhetoric and American Culture; Catherine Grosso, College of Law. Moderator:  Ken Harrow, College of Arts & Letters' Faculty Excellence Advocate.  Students will also join the panel.

College of Education will showcase continuous running videos featuring the work, impact and memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These videos include historical footage, documentary from The Southern Poverty Law Center, and other poignant visual focusing on Civil Rights and Social Justice in the United States.

College of Osteopathic Medicine -- Faculty and students at the College of Osteopathic Medicine Detroit Medical Center campus are collaborating with the Ben Carson High School social studies classes to develop a historical project around Martin Luther King, Jr.and what his position today would be regarding healthcare/the Affordable Care Act.

College of Veterinary Medicine -- "dignity, equality, and freedom..." -- Join the College of Veterinary Medicine if you are interested in building strong multicultural relationships and become more culturally inclusive. Learn through lively conversation and interactive video. Lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.  A213 Veterinary Medical Center, 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Please RSVP by Monday, January 7, 2013 to Sarah Davis.

Lyman Briggs College -- 1)  LBC INC. (a diversity and inclusion standing committee for the college) will be collaborating with the School of Labor and Industrial Relations to sponsor a workshop that provides an opportunity for LBC faculty to better learn how to initiate conversations and lead open discussions in their classrooms  about social justice issues and biases that influence and often create challenges to meaningful dialogue, greater knowledge and understanding; 2)  The Briggs Multiracial Alliance (LBC student group) plan to participate in the annual "Into the Streets" service project.

The MSU School of Social Work in collaboration with the Lansing area Black Social Workers, the College of Social Science, MSU Canadian Studies Center and Students for Multi-Ethnic Communication Action, presents "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere," 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Erickson Kiva. Speech and book signing by Adrienne Shadd, co-author of The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto!  Click here for more program details.

The Office of Campus Sustainability, W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens and Landscape Services invites the MSU community to learn about invasive species and work hands-on to remove these species around the Red Cedar River. Students, faculty, and staff who would like to attend the event should register at the "Into the Streets" website. Participants will meet at 11 Olds Hall at 10:30 a.m. for a brief presentation and orientation, after which the group will start on the riverbanks near the Library bridge. Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Water will be provided, please bring your own water bottle. The Eat at State food truck will be available during the lunch hour.

January 23, 2013

Peter Sinclair on Climate Change: The Ultimate Injustice -- The Office of Campus Sustainability is hosting Peter Sinclair to discuss climate change: the defining issue of the century and the millennium.  Location:  107 South Kedzie, 7:30 p.m.

January 25, 2013

Renegotiating Black Studies Today: 10 Years of Black Studies at MSU – presents Sandra Seaton’s - The Will, Music History, and King: A Playwright Celebrates 60-50 Civil Rights Anniversaries

Serving as a precursor to the year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, African American and African Studies will present "A Playwright celebrates 60-50 Civil Rights Anniversaries," a hallmark "Renegotiating Black Studies Today" and a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day special event featuring Michigan's own celebrated playwright and librettist, Sandra Seaton.  The event will feature performances from two of Seaton's plays, The Will and Music History, and a reading from her spoken word piece King: A Reflection on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Will tells the story of a black family whose sons return from service in the Union Army to fight for equal citizenship in Reconstruction Tennessee. Music History is a dramatization of the personal dilemmas and sacrifices of those who struggled for civil rights. The event, scheduled from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Kellogg Center Auditorium, will include a performance of scenes from Seaton's plays, a presentation of King by Seaton with vocalist Darius Gillard, and an interview with Seaton by Professor Jeffrey Wray (MSU Department of English). For more information click this link: https://www.msu.edu/%7eaaas/AAAS/Home.html.

Martin Luther King Jr Speaker Event
- Special Reception immediately following the show -


The January 25th MSU-African American and African Studies, Martin Luther King, Jr Special Speaker Series Event will be followed by a special reception scheduled to immediately follow the show.  Please join us for a special after show reception at the Kellogg Hotel in Room 101, The Heritage Room, from 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM. All are welcome!

February 2013

The Black History month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition: "Passing the Torch of Justice." 2013 Case Competition, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., N100 North Business College Complex. Sponsored by the Eli Broad College of Business. Contact Anne Samuel Crain, Program Coordinator, 517-353-3524.

Visit this website periodically for updates on all program information.  Questions can be directed to Audrey Bentley or call 517-353-3922.