Events include a day of service, a film series, and an oratorical competition.

Butler University’s Celebration of Diversity 2018 will remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with MLK50Forward: Together We Will Win With Love for Humanity, a three-week celebration of his life and work, January 13–February 4.

Events begin on January 13 with The Peace Learning Center’s 19th Annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festival” and The Dr. MLK 5K run through Butler-Tarkington, and continue through February 4 with a Butler Student Competition.

More information about the events is below.

January 13

The Dr. MLK 5K Run: A 5K run through the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Proceeds will benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The run begins at 9:00 AM at the MLK Community Center, 40 West 40th Street. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. For more information, contact the MLK Community Center at 317-327-7144. The MLK 5K is sponsored by the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association and Butler University. Student volunteers from Butler’s Dr. John Morton-Finney Leadership Program will assist in the coordination of the event.

The Peace Learning Center’s 19th Annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festival” celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy music, dance, poetry, a community fair, and a free lunch. The festival will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Christian Theological Seminary, 1100 West 42nd Street. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Peace Learning Center at 317-327-7144.

January 14

Speaking of Love—A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. See Indianapolis-based poets, singers and dancers speak of love in the galleries of Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art) in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to step up to the mic to share their own expressions of love. The celebration will be held from 1:00–4:00 PM at 4000 North Michigan Road. Admission is free with a donation of art supplies, games, or toiletries to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Student volunteers from Butler’s Dr. John Morton-Finney Leadership Program will assist in the coordination of event.

January 15

Remember! Act! Celebrate!—A Day of Service. Butler students honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of volunteer service at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 40 West 40th Street. The collaborative service project is sponsored by the Efroymson Diversity Center and the Morton-Finney Leadership Program. For more information, contact the Efroymson Diversity Center at 317-940-6570.

The fourth annual MLK Love Walk, presented by Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E. A walk through the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The walk will highlight current and future activists. Donations of bottled water and lightly worn or new coats, hats, gloves, or other winter accessories will be accepted for a local charity. The MLK Love Walk will begin at 3:00 PM on Atherton Mall, 704 West Hampton Drive.

January 18

“MLK50Forward” Candlelight Reflection, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The reflection ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union 004.

Diversity Expressions Series—Celebration films on the Civil Rights Movement. A Ripple of Hope: A True Story of Personal Courage and Responsibility (2010). The powerful, award-winning story of a critical moment in the history of Indianapolis and the United States. Advised against appearing before an urban crowd in Indianapolis the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Robert F. Kennedy delivered an extemporaneous speech that brought a sense of peace to the city. This film weaves together first-person accounts of that tumultuous day in 1968. The screening will begin at 7:00 PM in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union 004. Refreshments will be served.

January 19

First Friday at Four–A civil dialogue on issues and concerns regarding local, national, and global events.  The discussion will begin at 4:00 PM in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union 004. Refreshments will be served.

January 24

The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Diversity and Leadership in the 21st Century,” an address by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, internationally recognized diversity leader and President/Co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. The address will begin at 5:00 PM in the Atherton Union Reilly Room. Admission is free.

January 25

#Trump’sFirst Year: The Policy Agenda via Twitter—a dialogue to assess the state of civil rights in America and the policy agenda during the first year of the Trump Administration. The dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. Terri Jett, Associate Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. The dialogue will begin at 7:00 PM in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004. Refreshments will be served.

January 31

Social Justice and Diversity Lunch Series presents “SJD 101: Introducing the Social Justice and Diversity Requirement.” A presentation and discussion featuring Dr. Robin Turner, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Initiative. The luncheon will begin at noon in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004.

February 4

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Oratorical Competition. Butler University students will honor the legacy of Dr. King by presenting a five-minute reflective oratory on the 2018 King Celebration theme, MLK50Forward, and the Butler University Founder’s Week theme, Identity and Place. The competition will begin at 3:00 PM in the Atherton Union Reilly Room. Refreshments will be served.

Film Screenings and Dialogue

Continuous screenings will be held in the Efroymson Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004.

January 16

The Speeches Collection, Volume 1 (2002). Features Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most inspirational speakers of all time. Follow his electrifying speeches from the early days as a young pastor in Montgomery to the great march on Washington.

January 19

Eyes on the Prize, Part 1 and 2 (1987). This landmark series documents the history of the civil rights movement in America. Produced by Blackside, segments include the Montgomery bus boycott of 1954 and the murder of Emmitt Till. The series has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, Television Critics Association Award, and numerous Emmy Awards.

January 22

Eyes on the Prize, Part 3 and 4 (1987). Segments include Arkansas school desegregation in 1957 and the right-to-vote battle within Mississippi.

January 30

Eyes on the Prize, Part 5 and 6 (1987). Segments include the March from Selma to Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Butler University’s Celebration of Diversity 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday activities are sponsored by the Efroymson Diversity Center, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Provost, Department of Political Science, Butler University Core Curriculum, Social Justice and Diversity Initiative, Center for Faith and Vocation, Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E., Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association, Peace Learning Center, Inc., Indianapolis Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Morton-Finney Leadership Program, and the Office of Diversity Programs.

For more information on these events, contact the Office of Diversity Programs at 317-940-6570.

 

Media contact:
Marc Allan
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317-940-9822