Oregon State University

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

                       2014 Event Listings

Monday, January 13th, 2014

MLK Celebration Kick Off in the Quad!
11:00 AM–2:00 PM, MU Quad

Come kick off our annual celebration in the MU Quad with music and refreshments- get information on events, promotional items, and more!

Sponsor: Panhellenic Council, Interfraternal Council, Office of Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Voices Behind Global Movements: Leadership Lessons and Reader’s Theater
7:00 PM–9:00 PM, MU Journey Room

This presentation and performance will allow participants to learn about the leadership styles, commonalities, and unique character traits of leaders and activists across the globe that have fought for justice and the well-being of all.

Sponsor: Student Events & Activities Center, ISOSU, Center for Leadership Development; Co-Sponsors: Center for Civic Engagement

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Prominent LGBTQ Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement
4:00 PM–5:30 PM, MU 208

This presentation provides information on the importance of LGBTQ leaders during the Civil Rights Movement. Participants leave with an expanded knowledge of LGBTQ leaders during the Civil Rights Movement and a deeper understanding of how race, gender and sexuality played a role in the exclusion of these voices.

Sponsor: Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Make a New Friend, Unite Your Voices!
4:00 PM–6:00 PM, MU Lounge

An interactive activity designed to help participants connect at a deeper level with unknown others. If students allow themselves to fully participate, they will use dialogue about social justice as a vehicle to explore and express their view of themselves, others, and the world in which they live.

Sponsor: Counseling & Psychological Services Diversity Committee Co-sponsors: Educational Opportunities Program

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

MLK Multi-Faith Prayer Service
4:00 PM–5:00 PM, MU 213

A time to share, reflect, and celebrate around the Rev. Dr. King’s idea of “The Big House” - the sense of valuing the gifts of the abiding faith and religious traditions of our global community. We will share the voices of our respective faith traditions regarding peace in our world, each followed by time for silent reflection.

Sponsor: United Campus Ministry at Westminster House; Co-sponsors: Campus Coalition Builders
Music of Hope and Resistance
5:00 PM–7:00 PM, Native American Longhouse

Historically, music, song, and dance have been the voice for resistance, protest, and hope. Experience music that focuses on slavery, poverty, anti-war movements, women’s rights, gay rights, class struggle, civil liberties, civil rights, economic injustice, politics and wars, and also to resist imperialism and promote revolutionary ideas. Focus will also be on music of hope: idealism, social reform, equal rights, moral improvement, and community activism.

Sponsor: Intercultural Student Services; Co-sponsors: APA Council, APCC, Alpha Pi Omega, LBHBCC, BGSA
Speaking Justice
7:00 PM–9:00 PM, MU Lounge

This is an event that highlights poetry surrounding social justice. This event features notable poetry artist, Too Black, as well as student, faculty and staff voices.

Sponsor: Diversity Development; Co-sponsors: UHDS

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference
9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Native American Longhouse / Memorial Union

The Our Powerful Voices in Action Conference is an opportunity to explore the complexity of identity and tools for creating social change through workshops, performance, and dialogue. Whether you are new to the conversation or regularly find yourself engaging in social justice work, this will be a space to join in community, expand consciousness and participate in dialogues for change. Some of the conference workshop themes include: LGBTQ+ community issues, communicating for social justice, social change agents in education, grassroots lobbying, and local agencies committed to social change.

Full Conference Schedule and Registration available at:

Conference Highlights

  • “Why do I have to choose between my Queerness and Person of Colorness?” Microaggressions, Liberation and the LGBT Community — Featuring Kevin Nadal
  • Stories of Queer Diaspora—Performance and Workshop
  • Communicating for Wholeness—Workshop Sessions
  • Passion Into Action—Workshop sessions
• Meet & Greet With Kevin Nadal

Sponsor: Student Leadership & Involvement / Coalition for Community Dialogue; Co-sponsors: Project Social Justice, Office of Equity and Inclusion

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

MLK Day of Service
8:15 AM–3:00 PM (time varies by project) McAlexander Fieldhouse (meeting location)

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of strong, beloved communities

Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement/Student Leadership & Involvement; Co-sponsors: Community & Cultural Food Program

                                                          — Day of Observance —

Monday, January 20th, 2014

32nd Annual Peace Breakfast
9:00 AM–10:30 AM, MU Ballroom

Award Presentations: Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks Community Awards; Keynote speech by Walidah Imarisha, an educator, writer, organizer, and poetry artist. Music by OUTSPOKEN and poetry by Anderson DuBoise III.

Sponsor: Office of Equity and Inclusion, President’s Office
Oregon Black History: Interactive Workshop with Walidah Imarisha
11:00 AM–1:00 PM–MU Journey Room*

Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.

* Workshop is free and open to all. Space is limited. RSVP in advance to chris.lenn@oregonstate.edu is encouraged.

Sponsor: Office of Equity and Inclusion
Celebrating the Life of MLK
2:00 PM–3:30 PM, Snell International Forum

We will celebrate the life of MLK in discussion and commemoration of his life in talking about who he was as a man and how we could live similar lives as well. We will celebrate with birthday cake and games.

Sponsor: Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center; Co-sponsors: Alpha Phi Alpha
MLK Jr. Roundtable Discussion
5:00 PM–8:00 PM, MU 213

This is an open space where people can come ask questions and share their opinions and experiences concerning a wide range of human rights issues.

Sponsor: Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.; Co-sponsors: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
MLK Candlelight Vigil
8:00 PM–9:30 PM, Front of Snell Hall

This is the event acknowledging the ending of a great man but the continuing of his Legacy. We will begin the vigil in front of Snell promptly at 8pm and walk to the bottom of the MU steps, followed by discussion in the MU MLK room (208).

Sponsor: Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center; Co-sponsors: Alpha Phi Alpha

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

A Class Divided—Film/Discussion
1:00 PM–3:00 PM, MU 208

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a viewing and discussion of this documentary about a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town, who divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups and gave them a daring lesson in discrimination.

Sponsor: Office of Equity and Inclusion

50th Anniversary of MLK Jr’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech: The Quest for Peace and Justice

4:00 PM–5:30 PM, Special Collections and Archives Research Center, 5th Floor, Valley Library

Join us for a reading of the powerful Nobel Prize lecture by Martin Luther King, Jr in 1964. His words linked racial injustice, poverty and war. At the Research Center, the history of OSU peace and justice activism for civil rights will be on display.

Sponsor: Special Collections and Archives Research Center, School of History, Philosophy and Religion
The Classroom Closet: A Pride Panel on Queerness and Education
5:00 PM–6:15 PM, Furman Hall Atrium (4th Floor)

Come listen to a panel of LGBTQ students, teachers, and faculty discuss their experiences in the K-12 educational system.

Sponsor: Pride Center; Co-Sponsor: College of Education

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Uniting for Climate Justice
7:00 PM–8:30 PM, Snell Hall International Forum

Be a voice for climate justice. Join us for a screening of Do the Math and a conversation about climate change as a civil rights issue. The discussion will include guest speaker Angelo Gomez from the Office of Equity and Inclusion, as well as members from OSU Divest and Students Engaging Tomorrow.

Sponsor: Student Leadership & Involvement/Student Sustainability Initiative; Co- sponsors: Students Engaging Tomorrow and OSU Divest
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements: Film Screening and Q&A with John Hunter
7:00 PM, Majestic Theater

For over thirty years a public school teacher in Virginia has been teaching his students the work of peace through a remarkable exercise that he created called the “World Peace Game.”

Sponsored by: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, City of Corvallis and OSU

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Unpacking Success: What Impacts Performance?
3:00 PM–4:30 PM, Furman 105

Success. Performance. Achievement. How do we view our accomplishments
or respond to challenges we encounter? How might our social identities impact how we perform and how we interpret the results of our performance? This workshop considers the concepts of stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, and mindset. Participants will have opportunities to engage in conversations and activities to explore these concepts and what we can do to counteract them.

Sponsor: Academic Success Center; Co-sponsors: Educational Opportunities Program

The March: The Story Behind the March on Washington
5:00 PM–7:00 PM, Native American Longhouse

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for a viewing and discussion of the new documentary about the how the March on Washington came to be. We will
discuss the role of the March in our country’s history and discuss the community organizing methods which brought about this important event in American history.

Sponsor: Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Seeds of Peace Tomorrow are in the Children of Today
7:00 PM, Milam Auditorium

The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture with John Hunter.

Sponsored by: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, City of Corvallis and OSU

Friday, January 24th, 2014

MLK Jr. All University Dance
9:00 PM–2:00 AM, Snell Hall International Forum

An annual event hosted by the ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. in collaboration with other multi-cultural Greek organizations. The event begins with an informational presentation about MLK Jr.’s Greek roots followed by a history presentation/showcase about strolling and stepping.

Sponsor: Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.; Co-Sponsor: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Copy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2014 Schedule of Events

Contact Info

Equity and Inclusion
327/330 Snell Hall Corvallis, Oregon 97331 Ph: 541-737-3556
Email OEI
Copyright ©  2014 Oregon State University