MLK Day Celebration at Ithaca College to Focus on 'Making a Career of Humanity'

ITHACA, NY — Educational sessions, film screenings, panel discussions and a concert will highlight Ithaca College’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 21. The theme for this year’s MLK Campus-Wide Celebration, “Making a Career of Humanity,” is adapted from remarks King delivered in 1959 to thousands of African-American high school and college students in Washington, DC.

“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,” he told the students. It is one of the 14 King quotes included on the inscription wall that is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the nation’s capital.

Below is the schedule of events for Monday, Jan. 21, that are free and open to the public. A more detailed description of the activities can be found at

10th Anniversary Celebration of the MLK Scholar Program
9:00–10:00 a.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
A film and panel discussion will focus on the history of and the various experience that students, staff and alumni have had through Ithaca College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program. Panelists will include current and former scholars Tariq Meyers ’14, Kristy Zhen ’13 and Jaylene Clark ’10; Roger Richardson, associate vice president for academic and student affairs/dean for the first-year experience; and Jeff Claus, retired associate professor of education.

Educational Sessions
10–11:30 a.m., Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall
“Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Struggle for Freedom, Justice and Equality,” by Robert Harris, director of the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

10–11:30 a.m., Taughannock Falls Room, Phillips Hall
“Jobs That Make a Difference,” by Caryanne Keenan, assistant director, Ithaca College Career Services

2–3:30 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall
“Baseball, Pizza and Sexual Activity,” by Devon Ritz ’12, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes

2–3:30 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall
“Identity and Values: What Matters to Us and Why,” by Ithaca College Diversity Peer Educators Meira Keil ’13 and Tommy McAree ’13

2–3:30 p.m., Taughannock Falls Room, Phillips Hall
“To Help at Home or Aid Abroad? What to Do if You’re a Do-Gooder,” by Alexander Moore ’07, deputy director of development, DC Central Kitchen

2–3:30 p.m., Ithaca Falls Room, Egbert Hall
“Graduating to a Pay Gap,” by Michele Lenhart, director of student leadership and involvement, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs

Grab ‘n’ Go Lunchtime Film Screenings
11:30 a.m.
“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall
“The Color of Fear,” Taughannock Falls Room, Phillips Hall
“Miss Representation,” Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall
plus, a live broadcast of the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama, Textor 102

MLK Day Celebration Event
4–6:00 p.m., Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
“First-Year MLK Scholar Civil Rights Presentation,” with students sharing their experiences of the 2012 Civil Rights Tour through videos and personal reflections

“Careers of Humanity Young Alumni Program,” with a panel of recent IC alumni discussing how they infuse social justice and humanitarianism in their jobs and careers. Panelists will include Alexander Moore ’07, Cornell Woodson ’09, Jaylene Clark ’10, Susannah Faulkner ’11 and Devon Ritz ’12

MLK Celebration Concert
7:30 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center
Annual School of Music concert featuring faculty, students and community members performing classical, jazz, spirituals, gospel and Broadway selections

Ithaca College students will also take part in a Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 26. From 9 a.m.–4 p.m. they will perform volunteer activities at sites throughout the community, including the Tompkins County Public Library, Beechtree Care Center, Finger Lakes ReUse Center, Family Reading Partnership and Southside Community Center.

Finally, students at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca will once again have the opportunity to take part in an essay-writing contest, addressing one of four different King quotes and its associated theme of humanity, injustice, sustainability or character.

The MLK Campus-Wide Celebration is sponsored by by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, visit

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 21, 2013