About the Celebration
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrates the history, spirit and life of the man who brought hope to a nation and empowered that nation to start healing.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of America's greatest champions of social justice and equality. Each January we honor his life's work so that we can continue his legacy of loving and serving humanity.
Every year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration begins with a Student Symposium and culminates in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, which features the celebration's keynote address. Past events have included art exhibitions, speeches, lunches, panel discussions, one-person performances, plays and films.
Programs are organized and presented by Case Western Reserve University schools, departments and student organizations, aiming to remember King's mission and inspire all members of our community to keep his dream alive. The Martin Luther King Celebration Week committee encourages students, faculty, staff, and departments to submit proposals for activities, programs, and events that take place in January or February 2016 to honor King's legacy and values. Submit your proposal here.
In 1963 King joined more than 300,000 people in the March on Washington, the political rally where he delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Celebration Week Events
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Friday, January 15, 2016 @ 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Community Service & Internship Fair
Location: Thwing Ballroom
The Community Service & Internship Fair is an opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to service. More than 50 organizations including local nonprofits, government agencies, and student service groups, attend this fair to promote both volunteer and internship opportunities to students, staff, and faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Stop by as your schedule allows. Free pizza will be provided!
Free and open to all members of the CWRU community.
Sponsored by Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and the Career Center.
Contact: Laura Reiser, email@example.com, 216-368-6960
Saturday, January 16 - Monday, January 18, 2016
PULSE Student Retreat
Location: Beulah Beach Camp and Retreat Center, Vermilion, Ohio
PULSE, which stands for Perspective, Understanding, Leadership, Sustained, Exchange, will allow students to travel off-campus and engage in intentional dialogue to explore issues of identity, leadership, and inclusion. The ultimate goal of PULSE is to enable young leaders to find common ground to address the world's most pressing problems.
Free and open to CWRU undergraduate and graduate students. Register online.
Sponsored by Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Contact: John Killings, firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-368-2904
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.
Searching for Shaniqua: A Documentary
Location: Kelvin Smith Library LL06
Searching for Shaniqua, a documentary by Phill Branch, examines the impact that unique, Afrocentric, Islamic and so-called “ghetto” names have on people’s lives. A generation of “Shaniquas” and names of the like are now adults and often face prejudices based on monikers they did not choose. A discussion following the documentary will give attendees a chance to share stories of having unique and sometimes ridiculed names.
Free and open to the public. Facebook event page coming soon. Click here for more information about the film.
Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs, African American Society.
Contact: John Killings, email@example.com, 216-368-2904
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Things That Matter: A Bystander Intervention Workshop
Location: New Residence Hall, first floor conference room
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This will be an interactive bystander intervention workshop where participants will learn about bystander intervention, how to apply bystander intervention to things that matter in their lives, and how to intervene as an active bystander using three methods: Direct, Delegate, and Distract.
Free and open to all members of the CWRU community. Register online.
Sponsored by Office of Title IX.
Contact: Ali Martin Scoufield, firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-368-4047
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 4:00-5:30 p.m.
From Getting the Vote to Keeping the Vote: An Evening About Progress in America
Location: School of Law, Blackacre Student Lounge
Black Law Students Association invites you to a dinner and discussion about the access to vote. One of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s greatest accomplishments was fighting for everyone to vote. This event is a way to bring awareness to the struggles that many individuals still face today regarding their access to vote. The discussion will focus on what progress has been made (if any) since the passage of the Voting Rights Act that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others like him fought so hard for.
Free and open to all members of the CWRU community. RSVP requested: email@example.com
Sponsored by Black Law Students Association.
Contact: Mindy Garland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 21, 2016 @ 12:00 p.m.
The Collector: Icabod Flewellen, Father of the First African American History Museum and the oldest Alumnus of CWRU
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Art Gallery, First Floor
Icabod Flewellen, regarded as the oldest graduate of CWRU was a curator, activist and community servant. In addition to working at CWRU, Mr. Flewellen founded the first African American Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The presentation will highlight his life, work and his collection housed at the East Cleveland Public Library, and a light lunch will be provided. The exhibit will display correspondences, photographs and pictures from his collection.
Free and open to the public. Register online for the January 21 presentation. View the display at the Kelvin Smith Library through February 29.
Sponsored by the Kelvin Smith Library and the East Cleveland Public Library.
Contact: E. Gail Reese, email@example.com, 216-368-2992
Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.
MLK Convocation featuring Bryan Stevenson
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. Stevenson's keynote address will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Free and open to the public. Online registration requested.
Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of Donor Relations and University Events and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Contact: MLKConvo2016@case.edu, 216-368-2229
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.
Food for the Soul
Location: Thwing Atrium
Food for the Soul, a longstanding and popular CWRU tradition, celebrates the life and work of MLK with readings of theme related in poetry and prose, from students, staff and faculty. Lunch will be provided by a local soul food caterer, Hot Sauce Williams, on a first come first served basis.
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Sponsored by Student Activities & Leadership, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative.
Contact: Evan Ingram, 216-368-2679.
Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 4:00-8:00 p.m.
CWRU Convening 2016
Location: Mandel Center
The “CWRU Convening” is a safe intergenerational space designed to bring together students, faculty, staff and alumni of the African diaspora on campus to collectively process, reflect, heal, and organize for social change.
Free and open to all persons of the African diaspora within the CWRU community. Register online.
Sponsored by African-American Society, African Student Association, EXCEL, NSBE, The Brotherhood, Flora Stone Mather Center For Women, Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Center, Black Law Students Association.