2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Commemoration


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s image with title of the commemoration, Equility, Soul of Our Nation

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Annual Commemoration
Week of Jan 19 – 25

Soul of Our Nation


Monday, January 19​

One-man play IncognitoCampus Family Brunch, featuring theatrical play Fifty Years On - Soul of a Nation
Performed by Los Angeles, CA based Will & Company, the production explores the social justice issues of fifty years ago and examines what they have become today; e.g., from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin​.
Reed Union Building, McGarvey Commons
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Play, noon – 1:00 p.m.)

Also, Monday, January 19
I AM ________ March 
Join the Association of Black Collegians (ABC) and other students 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.  This event also serves as a fundraiser to help low income local high school students pay for college-related expenses (SAT, Application fees, etc.).  If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Office of Educational Equity and Diversity Programs at DiversityBehrend@psu.edu. 
The march begins right after the Campus Family Brunch at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Reed Union Building’s McGarvey Commons.  


Tuesday, January 20
Penn State Behrend Early Learning CenterActivities at Penn State Behrend’s Early Learning Center
A number of students and MLK Commemoration Committee members will visit the Center to read and hold activities related to MLK with the children at the Center. 
Early Learning Center - 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 21

Four musicians holding instruments

Harlem Quartet – “virtuosity in classical and jazz”
Presented by the Logan Music at Noon Series

The Harlem Quartet seeks to advance diversity in classical music by engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The quartet received a 2014 Grammy Award for their collaboration with jazz pianist Chick Corea.
Reed Union Building, McGarvey Commons
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Also, Wednesday, January 21
Poverty Simulation

Hosted by the Human Relations Programming Council (HRPC), the Poverty Simulation is a unique and powerful tool that deepens our understanding of poverty. Participants role-play a member of a low-income household and discover the difficulty and stressors of trying to meet a family’s basic needs when income is extremely limited.Poverty Simulation Logo
Reed Union Building, McGarvey Commons
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thurs, Jan 22 – Sun, Jan 25

Dear White People Movie PosterMovie, "Dear White People"
The film follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. 
Reed Union Building’s Auditorium, Rm. 117.
Early Showing* Thurs, Jan 22 at 5:30 p.m. followed by discussion.
Also regular LEB movie showings, 10:00 p.m. Friday Jan 23 through Sunday Jan 25.
2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
*Early showing free. Rest of showings, $1.00
Sponsored by the Lion Entertainment Board (LEB)
Discussion facilitated by Behrend's chapter of the NAACP




Sponsored by: The Office of Educational Equity & Diversity Programs and the Student Activity Fee.
Questions about the events may be directed to DiversityBehrend@psu.edu or by calling (814) 898-7101.