2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Commemoration


2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Commemoration
Penn State Behrend
Week of Jan 16 – 21



Campus Events

Monday, January 16

One-man play Incognito

Campus Family Brunch – Featuring Behrend Students Reading the Play Montgomery Footprints, by Ossie B. Davis

Join the entire campus community in sharing good food, friendship, and reflection as students perform the reading of Montgomery Footprints. This one-act drama depicts the Rosa Parks incident that spearheaded the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. 
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Reading Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
Reed Union Building, McGarvey Commons 



Annual ABC March
Join the Association of Black Collegians (ABC) and other members of the campus community as they march from the Reed Union Building to the Smith Chapel.  A casual discussion to reflect on Dr. King’s ideals in relation to personal experiences will follow the march.  Hot chocolate, doughnuts, and cookies will be served.  The march begins right after the Campus Family Brunch at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Reed Union Building’s McGarvey Commons. 

Service project
Join Behrend students as they travel to Penn State Fayette to engage with students from other PSU campuses in a community service project. There is no charge to participate and transportation will be provided. All those interested in participating please contact Behrend’s Center for Service via email at psbservice@psu.edu.

Tuesday, January 17

Canvas of Words Poetry Slam - "The Canvas of Words Poetry Tour"  
is a one-of-a-kind experience where artists have the opportunity  to express
themselves in a judge-free zone, sharing their personal stories and testimonies
to encourage,empower, and dialogue  with the community using different forms  of art.  
The event is organized and sponsored by the Organization of African and Caribbean
Students (OACS) and Behrend’s Chapter of the NAACP. 
6:00 p.m.  Reed Union Building, McGarvey Commons

A canvas resting on a small tri-fold with the words "Canvas of Words" written on it


Wednesday, January 18

Two figurines waling together

The Power of Allyship

Creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus and doing other work around diversity initiatives takes the commitment of the entire community.  Yet, you do not have to be a member of an underrepresented or marginalized community to be an ally for that community.  This session is designed to provide insight into the various ways we can be an ally for others, and why it is important, when we have the benefit of privilege, to use it effectively.


This program will help you to: Understand what it means to be an ally, learn how to leverage your privilege to be a more effective advocate, gain skills that help foster an environment characterized by inclusive excellence, practice skills necessary when engaged in allied or advocacy positions, develop useful language or phrasing when responding to biased or harmful situations.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. McGarvey Commons
 Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via this link The Power of Allyship by Friday, Janaury 13.


Also on Wednesday, January 18 - Penn State's "All In" - Creating a Campus of Inclusive Excellence
In the Fall of 2016, the University kicked off it’s All In initiative aiming to bring together faculty, staff, and students to recognize and celebrate Penn State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion while pushing ourselves, individually and collectively towards inclusive excellence. This workshop will feature a brief video capturing the narrative experiences of several Penn State students followed by a facilitated dialogue aimed at examining how these experiences intersect with our own experiences and roles at the institution.


Participants will explore topics around the following:

What does it take to build a close friendship with someone who is different from you?
When is it your responsibility to help others to feel welcome on campus?
What is your personal role in creating a more inclusive campus?
What does it take to put yourself in situations where you feel you don’t belong in order to meet new people? 
How should you respond when you learn that a colleague feels unwelcome or unsafe on our campus?

Button-like figures with the words "all in" written on them in different languages

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
McGarvey Commons
Dinner provided.  Please RSVP via this link All In at Penn State by Friday, January 13.

Thursday, January 19

Colorful and elaborate poster-like square featuring the words "The KINGdoms"

 The KINGdoms
 Talented band of Penn State Behrend students perform songs
 of the Civil Right era and other tunes.
 7:30 p.m.
 Bruno’s Café


Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21


The Help Movie PosterBirth of a Nation
Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner's quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.
Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December at 10:00 p.m. Reed 117 Auditorium
$1.00 Admittance Fee
Sponsored by the Lion Entertainment Board (LEB)



Questions about the events may be directed to the Office of Educational Equity & Diversity Programs by calling (814) 898-7101 or via email at DiversityBehrend@psu.edu 
Additional funding provided by the Student Activity Fee and the OEEDP.