To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a weeklong series of events at Central Michigan University will highlight themes of unity, understanding, equity and equality. All events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, Jan. 14
Miss Black & Gold scholarship pageant
— 5 p.m., Bovee University Center Rotunda. The Rho Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosts the annual event showcasing the talents and achievements of African-American women on campus.
Monday, Jan. 15
CommUnity Peace Brunch
9 a.m., Finch Fieldhouse. Organized by CMU's Multicultural Academic Student Services, the 2018 CommUnity Peace Brunch celebrates the university's commitment to promote diversity, inclusion, unity and service to the community. The program features performances by student organizations, speeches from contestants in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest and remarks by university President George E. Ross.
Day of Service
Noon, Bovee University Center Rotunda. Transform ideals into action by participating in a variety of on-campus service activities with the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. Become an advocate for people with disabilities. Brighten the day of a local senior citizen or empower a child struggling with reading or math. Celebrate with a "day on, not a day off" to serve the community. A complete list of projects and links to sign up are on the center's Org Sync page. Registration is first-come, first-served.
CommUnity Peace March and Vigil
3 p.m., Bovee University Center Rotunda. Join hundreds of community members for a unity march through campus into downtown Mount Pleasant. The march closes with performances, speakers and a peace vigil.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
A Night of Reflection: Inspired Poems and Spoken Word
7 p.m., Bovee University Center Rotunda. Student organizations Collective Action for Cultural Unity and The Motions present an evening of poems and reflections performed by CMU faculty and students.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Keynote speaker: Michael Eric Dyson
7 p.m., Plachta Auditorium, Warriner Hall. Dyson, an American Book Award recipient, two-time NAACP Image Award winner, best-selling author and Georgetown University professor, will speak about King's legacy and the state of race relations today. Dyson first received widespread attention for his course Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z and has appeared on many national television programs to speak about race, culture and the persistence of negative racial stereotypes in America.
Thursday, Jan. 18
"Tunnel of Oppression"
— 4 to 8 p.m., Bovee University Center Rotunda. Enter an interactive, immersive theater experience designed to challenge the way you think about others. The "Tunnel of Oppression," presented by student organization A Mile in Our Shoes, is a series of short scenes written, directed and presented by CMU students.
Friday, Jan. 19
Staff/student charity basketball game
6 p.m., small sports forum at the Student Activity Center. Students will square off against staff and faculty in the fifth annual fundraising event to support local nonprofit agencies. Donations accepted at the door.