Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Kicks off Friday


Since 1986, Penn State has honored  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week full of service and events sponsored by the Office of Student Actives along with the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee.

This year, the legacy continues and includes a day of service, community showcase, a Social Justice Reception and much more.It was announced in November that Sybrina Fulton,  mother of the late Trayvon Martin would be the keynote speaker for this year’s celebrations.

Below is the list of events that will take place this week. Most of the events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Forum on Black Affairs’ 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet
Where: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
When: 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Ticket information: Tickets go on sale before Thanksgiving. Please contact Iyun Osagie, MLK Banquet Chair at 814-865-0334. Shuttle information: On Friday, January 15, 2016, there will be two (2) shuttle bus round trips provided to the Penn Stater, from the HUB – Robeson Center and Shields Building, between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. (Following the conclusion of the banquet, there will be two (2) round trips back to Shields Building and the HUB – Robeson Center between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.


Monday, January 18, 2016

  • MLK Day of Service
    Where: Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
    When: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through serving others in the greater State College community. Light breakfast and a lunch will be served. Free t-shirt included! Sign up at
  • Hourly presentations of:
    “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Look Here” (2007) – 
    One of the first in-depth televised interviews given by Dr. King on the NBC News show Look Here, broadcast on October 27, 1957 (30 minutes)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday” (1978) – The story of how Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday became a national holiday  (25 minutes)

Where: Foster Auditorium, E102 Paterno Library
When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Musical selections from The Pennsylvania State University choir Essence of Joy
Where: Barbara Hackman Franklin Atrium, W106 Pattee Library
When: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Evening Celebration featuring Sybrina Fulton
    Where: Schwab Auditorium  (Free ticketed event)
    When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; event begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Film Showing of “I Have a Dream” and other influential speeches
    Where: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
    When: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

  • Social Justice Poster Contest
    Where: HUB-Robeson Center Philanthropy Tables
    When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Community Showcase
    Where: 129 HUB-Robeson Center
    When: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
    Light refreshments served

Partnering with State College area schools, the Community Showcase is an art, poetry, and essay contest. More details to come.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

  • Speak for Peace: Social Justice Reception and MLK Oratorical Contest “Free-ticket event”
    Where: Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
    When: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee, Speak for Peace is an opportunity to discuss pressing social justice issues over dinner as well as hear a speech competition focused on this year’s theme for the MLK, Jr Commemoration; Keep Moving Forward. 

Monday, January 25, 2016 – #takethenextstep

  • Where: Freeman Auditorium
    When: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    An opportunity to discuss the next steps we can all take in the fight for social justice.

Be sure to follow @PSU_2016MLK to keep up with the latest MLK Jr. Celebration news.



About Adriana Lacy (64 Articles)
Adriana is from the oh-so-famous town of “Right Outside of Philly,” Pennsylvania currently double majoring in Public Relations and African-American Studies. She is a passionate sports fan, avid reader, and an obsessive tweeter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about sports and social justice while drinking urban-framed, artisan crafted coffee. A proud black student, Adriana considers herself a social justice warrior and strives to promote racial equality and diversity in her community. Email her at and tweet with her at @adriana_lacy

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