King celebration

Purdue Calumet celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 28-Feb. 1

Purdue University Calumet celebrates the life, legacy and determination of Martin Luther King Jr. to achieve social justice for all people through non-violence in a series of events scheduled on campus, Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.

A mayoral roundtable, an exhibit and the traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation comprise the celebration, the theme of which is Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Reality IV: Thrust into Greatness—Shared Responsibility for Peace, Reconciliation, Healing and Transformation.

The celebration schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m., Student Union & Library, 3rd floor.

A Mayoral Roundtable on Peace, Reconciliatory Healing and Transformation featured participation by mayors from East Chicago, Crown Point, Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Lake Station and Portage. They plan to discuss ways in which they have worked to promote peace, reconciliation and healing that foster transformation leading to lasting peace. Lake Shore Public Television will record the roundtable for later broadcast.

Monday, Jan. 28 – 12:30 p.m., Student Union & Library, International Concourse East

The exhibit, “Creating a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World,” formally opens. The exhibit, on loan from the Soka Gakkai International-USA, brings together the ideas of thousands of people and organizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 1.

Thursday, Jan. 31 – 11 a.m., Student Union & Library, 3rd floor

A Convocation, titled “Difficult Days . . . The Promise of Renewal of Hope” and based on King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, featured music, oratory, dance and drama.

Admission is free to all activities, which are sponsored by Purdue Calumet’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration Planning Committee in conjunction with the Multi-Cultural Campus Council. 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.