MLK Week 2016

Schedule of Events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection Lunch

Monday, January 18, 2016
Adler Gymnasium | 11:30 a.m. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)

Tickets are free of charge, we just ask you to please RSVP with Matt Stumpf at or call 814-949-5053.

The Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services and the Mosaic Committee are excited to bring in Paul David Spradley as our guest speaker for our luncheon this year. We will also be featuring a number of our talented Penn State Altoona students throughout our event.

MLK Day of Service 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016
Meet at Adler Gymnasium | 3 – 5 p.m.

Join us as we come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and volunteer in our local community. Our InterFaith student organizations will be organizing our service programs.

Chronicles of Penn State Altoona: A Student Led Talk Show

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Slep Fireside Lounge | Noon - 1 p.m.

Join Sydney Dei and Jamel Olorunoje as they host our first Chronicles of Penn State Altoona talk show. Not only will they engage our campus community in dialogue, they are featuring musical guest Payton. Come and join us as we discuss how Penn State Altoona is In Pursuit of the Dream.

They Closed Our Schools (Documentary preview and discussion)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Devorris Downtown Center Auditorium | 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

They Closed Our Schools is a documentary film in production on the history of the Civil Rights era public schools closings, 1959-1964, and its aftermath in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Please join us as we welcome the producer of the documentary, Brian Grogan, to Penn State Altoona for an extended preview of the work in progress and a Q&A after the film.

Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center | Noon

The Letter from Birmingham Jail was written on April 16, 1963 by Martin Luther King Jr. and defends the approach of nonviolent resistance to racism, and it is where Dr. King penned "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Please join faculty, staff, and students as we read through this powerful letter.

Performance Night

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center | 7 p.m.

Calling all students, faculty, and staff of all artistic backgrounds!! The Mosaic Committee wants to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through artistic expression. In the style of an open mic night, we are asking all students, faculty, and staff to bring their talent to the stage. You may be a dancer, singer, poet, musician, etc. and we want to hear from you. Join us for a great night of fun and entertainment!

Candlelight Vigil (Organized by the Multicultural Leadership Council)

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Slep Portico near the pond | 5 p.m.

Please join the Mosaic Committee, InterFaith Council, and our Multicultural Leadership Council as we remember Dr. King.

Dylan Pritchett: African-American Storyteller

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Eve Chapel | 6 p.m.

Dylan Pritchett is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 1990, Mr. Pritchett has been a full time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folk tales to hundreds of campus audiences throughout the country.

In Pursuit of the Dream Lunchtime Discussion

Friday, January 22, 2016
Fireside Lounge, Slep Student Center | Noon

The Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services invites you to be a part of our lunchtime discussion. We are going to discuss social issues that affect our campus as well as action steps to make our community a better place for everyone. This discussion is open to students, faculty, staff, and our surrounding community.