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CMU to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Campus and community events honor fight for equality

Contact: CMU News

Central Michigan University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a week of activities starting Jan. 20 organized by CMU’s Multicultural Academic Student Services.  The events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Monday, Jan. 20

  • CommUNITY Peace Brunch and MLK Oratorical Contest
    • When: 10 a.m.
    • Location: Small Sports Forum in the CMU Student Activity Center
    • Brunch program will include remarks from President George E. Ross; Robert Newby, professor emeritus of sociology, anthropology and social work; and MLK Oratorical Contest finalists.
  • MLK Day of Service, sponsored by CMU’s Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center
    • When: Noon to 2 p.m.
    • Location: Bovee University Center Rotunda
  • CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil
    • When: 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Location: March begins in the Bovee University Center Rotunda and various residence hall locations. Vigil begins at the Mount Pleasant Town Square at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker – Minnijean Brown Trickey
    • When: 7 p.m.
    • Location: Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium
    • Minnijean Brown Trickey joins CMU in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Fifty-six years ago, Trickey was one of the African-American teenagers to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., as part of the historic group known as the “Little Rock Nine.” She will speak about the exploration of social change through the decades.

Thurs., Jan. 23

  • Soup and Substance – “Safeguarding Rights in Isabella County: A Conversation with the Isabella County Human Rights Committee”
    • When: Noon
    • Location: Bovee University Center Rotunda

Fri., Jan. 24

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Charity Basketball Game – Students vs. Faculty/Staff
    • When: 6 p.m.
    • Location: Small Sports Forum in the CMU Student Activity Center
    • Entry fee: $2 donation

Saturday, Jan. 25

  • 20th Annual Unity Ball, featuring theater stage play "The Meeting: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
    • When: 6 p.m.
    • Location: Bovee University Center Rotunda
    • Entry fee: $15 for faculty/staff, $10 for students. Admission includes dinner and performance.

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