Purdue Calumet celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 23-27

Purdue University Calumet celebrates the legacy and presence of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 23-27 on campus with a peace exhibit, race relations panel discussion, comments of participants who participated in the 1960s sit-in movement and the university’s annual convocation.

The celebration theme is Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Reality IV: Strategies for Change.

Monday, Jan. 23

The exhibit, “Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World,” opens at 11 a.m. in Calumet Falls of the Student Union & Library. The exhibit, on loan from the Soka Gakkai International-USA Cultural Center through Jan. 27, combines ideas of thousands of people and organizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

A race relations panel discussion takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Calumet Falls of the Student Union & Library. Titled “The Merrillville Advantage: Using 21st Century Paradigms to Strengthen Diversity and Spark Civil Conversation Regarding Race,” the discussion examines how a community and school proactively addressed misconceptions about academic achievement and race.

The Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana is co-sponsoring the panel discussion.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

In an event titled, “Students as Catalysts of Change,” area residents who participated in the 1960s sit-in movement discuss their experiences at 11 a.m. in Calumet Falls of the Student Union & Library.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Purdue Calumet’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is scheduled at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall on the third floor of the Student Union & Library. The convocation is to focus on King’s Aug. 16, 1967 speech to the Southern Leadership Conference, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

A series of theatrical, dance and musical presentations seek to inform audience members about the theme of this speech.

Admission is free to all activities, which are sponsored by Purdue Calumet’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee and Multi-Cultural Campus Council, as well as Soka Gakkai International-USA. Other information is available by contacting Purdue Calumet Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs Roy Hamilton at 219/989-2779 or 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2779, or e-mailing him at Hamilton@purduecal.edu.