MLK Campus-Wide Celebration

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.

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.

We continue this tradition on Monday, January 20, 2014, when students, staff, faculty, and community members will honor Dr. King's work by coming together to discuss the relevance of his work today.

MLK Celebration 2014:
A Single Garment of Destiny
January 20, 2014

Join the Ithaca College community as we celebrate the life, legacy, and relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his message.

The 2014 Planning Committee is excited to announce Librada Paz as our keynote speaker for this year's MLK Day celebration. She is the 2013 recipient of the RFK Human Rights Award Award, given by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.  For more information on, visit our Celebration Event page.

Monday, January 20 - MLK DAY “A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF

8:30-10:00am Community Breakfast (FREE and open to all) Emerson Suites
9:00am Citizenship: Activism and Belonging Presentation Emerson Suites
10:00am Educational Sessions Campus Center
11:30am City of Ithaca Community Celebration Beverly J. Martin Elementary School
12:00pm Grab 'n Go Film - Freedom Riders Klingenstein Lounge
2:00pm Educational Sessions Campus Center
4:00pm MLK Celebration Event -  featuring the First Year MLK Scholars' Civil Rights Presentation & Keynote Speaker Librada Paz

Emerson Suites
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7:30pm School of Music Celebration Concert Ford Hall
Saturday, January 25 MLK Day of Service Locations in Ithaca Community

For more information, please contact any member of the IC MLK Celebration Committee:

John W. Rawlins, III, Doreen Hettich-Atkins, Sarah Schupp, Don Austin or Wade Pickren

Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact OSEMA at 607-274-3222.  We ask that requests be made as soon as possible.