BATON ROUGE – Martin Luther King Jr. once said that life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing to help others?” Every year, the LSU community comes together to answer that question with LSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week, where the highlights and memorialization of the work, accomplishments and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history are honored.
Below is the list of events for the celebration week of Jan. 18:
MLK Day of Service
The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration Week will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, with the "MLK Day of Service," a volunteering event for LSU and Baton Rouge community members. There will be around 200 registered volunteers from LSU’s students, faculty and staff, as well as volunteers from Shell Company, Sherwin Williams, Cyber Fision, Sterling Burbank and other community and campus members that will join efforts to revitalize Gardere Community Christian School and the YMCA on Thomas H. Delpit Drive. In addition, Carolyn C. Collins, LSU associate vice chancellor and Dean Emeritus, will be the event’s keynote speaker.
MLK Candlelight Vigil
Following the "MLK Day of Service," a candlelight vigil and march, sponsored by National Pan-Hellenic Council, will be held to observe MLK Day. The candlelight vigil will begin at 6 p.m., with a short program at the Memorial Tower in honor and remembrance of King’s work and contribution.
MLK Food Drive
Throughout the months of November, December and January, the MLK Committee is collecting nonperishable food items for the LSU Food Pantry. Drop off locations include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Middleton Library.
MLK Commemorative Celebration
The signature program for MLK week is the MLK and BHM Commemorative Celebration, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the LSU Student Union Theater. The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the Black History Month Committee will host social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter, Alicia Garza, as the keynote speaker for the celebration.
MLK Performing Arts Night
The MLK Performing Arts Night will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the LSU Student Union Theater. The event, which is free and open to the public, will allow LSU students to celebrate the life and legacy of King through poetry, dance and musical expression.
The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is coordinated by the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee and the Black History Month Committee. The committee advisors include Chaunda Allen Mitchell, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; Krystie Nguyen, coordinator for cross-cultural affairs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and LaKeitha Poole, coordinator for African American Student Affairs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information contact the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs at 225-578-4339.
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