MLK Campus-Wide Celebration

Citizenship: Activism and Belonging

Join us in celebrating IC's history of student activism and enjoy an interdisciplinary presentation about present day citizenship!

8:30am - 10:00am - Community Breakfast, Emerson Suites

Before this event, please attend a FREE Community Breakfast in the Emerson Suites Starting at 8:30am.  All students, staff, and faculty members are invited to attend!  Breakfast will be served throughout the History of Student Activism @ IC Conversation until 10:00am. Bring your office, floor mates, or colleagues to learn about the activism of our students and enjoy breakfast!

8:45am - 9:10am - Celebration of the History of Student Activism@ IC, Emerson Suites

During this event audience members will be able to view artifacts from Ithaca's past and learn about four important time periods in the College's history.  In addition, a brief conversation on student activism will be moderated by Assistant Director of Community Service, Don Austin, and Aaron Lipford '15 and IC alum Meira Keil '13.

9:10am - 10:00am - Citizenship and Belonging in America, Emerson Suites

As Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in the Letter from Birmingham Jail, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” This interdisciplinary conversation will explore the genealogy of citizenship and belonging associated with the so-called “American Dream” and reveal injustices that continue to endure. The conversation will be guided by Dr. Donathan Brown, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Dr. Carlos Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Politics; and Dr. Annette Levine, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures.

  Celebration of the History of Student Activism
Moderator and Guests

Don Austin, Assistant Director, Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs

Aaron Lipford, Class of 2015

Meira Keil, Class of 2013

Late 1960s and 1970s
  • Founding of the African-Latino Society and their 12 Demands made in 1970
  • Vietnam War and Protest of Nelson Rockefeller as Graduation Speaker
  • The South African Apartheid and Divestment
  • Formation of the MLK Celebration at IC
  • Erase the Hate
  • Formation of Asian American Studies minor program

This event can count towards Student Leadership Institute (SLI) credit.  To sign up to receive credit, visit the SLI website!

Ithaca College Library Archives

This program could not be possible without the help of the Ithaca College Library Archives.  Please click here to learn more about searching past issues of The Ithacan dating back to 1931!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Sarah Louise Schupp at or (607) 274-3222. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.