MLK Campus-Wide Celebration


In 2008, IC President Emerita Peggy Williams declared the first day of spring classes would be a "Day on, not Off." This declaration was in direct response to student organizing and in recognition that the first day of the spring semester routinely fell on the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Today, this legacy continues. In lieu of traditional classroom instruction, the "Day on, not Off" is a time of reflection and a call to action through programs and activities.

This year's theme, "Every Step Toward the Goal of Justice" is taken from a larger quote in Dr. King's book, Stride Toward Freedom. In this book, Dr. King writes,

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Without persistent effort, time itself becomes an ally of the insurgent and primitive forces of irrational emotionalism and social destruction. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.

Below you will find the schedule for the week’s events. *Due to weather and travel, we have rescheduled our keynote events.* Our keynote events will now be held on Tuesday, January 22 starting at 4pm. We ask the campus and community to join us during the first week of our spring semester to engage in discussions, workshops, keynote events, community service projects, and more.

KEYNOTE EVENTS: (*new day)

MLK Scholar 1st Year Civil Rights Tour Presentation

1st Year MLK Scholars

*Tuesday, January 22

4pm | Emerson Suites


“A Blazing Grace: Space, Time, & Justice”

John Sims, Artist

*Tuesday, January 22

5pm | Emerson Suites


Geometry of Justice: From MathArt to FlagArt

John Sims

Tuesday, January 22

12pm-1pm | Emerson Suites

Was Dr. King an Ally?

Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell

Tuesday, January 22

12pm-1pm | Clarke Lounge

Unpacking Our Own Privilege

IDEAS Student Leaders

Thursday, January 24

12pm-1pm | Klingenstein Lounge

Stepping into Justice: Spirituality and Activism

Interfaith Leader Panel

Thursday, January 24

12pm-1pm | Clark Lounge


AfroDixieRemixes’: The Ithaca Responses

John Sims

Tuesday January 22

6pm | Textor 102

Social Media, Social Justice, and Media Literacy: Sports and Action

Cyndy Scheibe, Professor, Psychology & Executive Director, Project Look Sharp

Wednesday, January 23

7pm | Emerson Suites

Interfaith Community Dinner

Thursday, January 24

5:30pm- 8:30pm | Muller Chapel


Songs of Resistance

Friday, January 25

8am-12pm, 1:30pm- 5pm | Muller Chapel

The People's Movement (*new day)

Multimedia learning, viewing, & reflection spaces

*Friday, January 25

11am - 3pm | Klingenstein & Clark Lounges

MLK Shabbat Service

Friday, January 25

6pm-7pm | Muller Chapel

School of Music Annual Concert in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 25

7:30pm | Ford Hall, Whalen Center

MLK Day of Service

Saturday, January 26

8:30am- 4pm | Various Community Locations

Our goal is to not only celebrate the life, legacy, and messages of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but also to remind us that “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.”

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

Don Austin | Elena Chang | Avril Crowe | Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell | Dr. Ellie Fulmer | Lauren Goldberg | Doreen Hettich-Atkins | Omega Hollies | Hayley Kretchmer | Hierald Osorto | Courtney Owens | Kevin Perry | Serena Velazquez | Karen Walls

Individuals with differing abilities requiring accommodations should contact the Center for IDEAS at 607-274-7777, email, or stop by IDEAS office in Campus Center, 3rd floor. We ask that requests be made as soon as possible.

MLK Week 2019