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Contributed by Sarah Schupp on 01/17/2013
Every January, the Ithaca College community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through a series of programs sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs.
We will be celebrating this legacy on Monday, with a day full of festivities. Be sure to check out the School of Music Annual MLK Celebration Concert. It begins at 7:30pm in Ford Hall, Whalen Center and is open to all. It is a concert not to be missed! Faculty, students and community members will perform classical, jazz, spirituals, gospel, and Broadway selections, including a Lee Hoiby’s setting of Dr. King’s “I have A Dream” speech featuring bass-baritone Steve Wilkins ’13.
Back in 2008, when the first day of classes fell on the national holiday, President Emerita Peggy Williams declared the first day of classes as a "Day on, not Off." The day is celebrated as a day of reflection and celebration with programs and activities in lieu of classroom instruction. President Thomas Rochon continues in this tradition, encouraging all to come together in honor or Dr. King's impact on the world. During years where the holiday falls before the first day of classes, the campus community spends the first week of classes in celebration with various events and programs, as well as discussions. You can find more information about MLK Day here.
The itinerary for MLK Day will go a little something like this..
8:30-10:00am: Breakfast presentation honoring the 10th anniversary of the MLK Scholar Program
10:00-11:30am: Educational sessions
11:30-1:30pm: Grab n' Go lunchtime films on campus
2:00-3:30pm: Educational Sessions
4:00-6:00pm: MLK Day Celebration Event, featuring the First-year MLK Scholars Presentation and a Careers of Humanity alumni panel (starting at 5pm)
7:30pm: School of Music MLK Celebration Concert
Ithaca College's MLK day of service will be Saturday, January 26th. To learn more about the various services sites and sign up click here!
Please consider this an amazing opportunity and MLK day will be a DAY ON! Not a DAY-OFF! Classes will begin on Tuesday the 22nd, so give your brain a head start with MLK Day!
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
For questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs at (607)274-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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