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Updated: Monday, 21 Jan 2013, 10:17 AM EST
Published : Monday, 21 Jan 2013, 10:17 AM EST
GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Communities come together every year to specially honor a man who wanted peace and understanding. Happy birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are a list of area events honoring Dr. King.
Tippecanoe County Public Library's Celebration
• Tippecanoe County Public Library, Alfred J. and Dorothy N. McAllister meeting rooms at the Downtown Branch
• 627 South St., Lafayette
• 11 a.m.
• Tandra Stovall, Stuart & Branigin attorney and Lafayette native, is the keynote speaker. Clyde Hughes, 2012 TCPL celebration speaker and local journalist, provides final words. A group sing-along and light refreshments complete the program.
• For more information about the program, call 429-0118. To explore a variety of library materials about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in print, film, and audio, visit any Tippecanoe County Public Library or go to the library website.
Purdue’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address
• Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center
• 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette
• 7 p.m.
• From Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC TV's "Melissa Harris-Perry.”
Some other Purdue celebration highlights:
• Jan. 21. MLK Day of Service, coordinated by Boiler Volunteer Network. Open to Purdue students, faculty, staff members and retirees. Volunteers will spend time with community service agencies in Tippecanoe County, including those that work with animals, children, seniors, health care and the homeless. Registration is available on the BVN website.
• Jan. 21. University Residences will distribute birthday cupcakes in all the dining halls.
• Jan. 23 2 p.m. Fowler Hall. College of Agriculture Special guest Speaker Natasha Bowen, Writer, Activist, Founder: Black Girl Farming Color of Food. In addition to her lecture, a photo exhibition of farmers of color will be on exhibit in the Loeb Playhouse atrium. The colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Veterinary Medicine are co-sponsors with the College of Agriculture.
• Jan. 24. 7 p.m. Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center. Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Address. Perry, the speaker, is a professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julie Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. She also has written two books, including "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America (Yale 2011) and "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought," which won the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her MSNBC TV show airs from 10 a.m. to noon EST on Saturdays and Sundays. A candlelight vigil sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will proceed the lecture, at 6 p.m. participants will meet at the BCC and march to Loeb Playhouse.
• Jan. 24. The Purdue Dreamer Award and the Purdue Dream Teacher Award K-12 will be presented at the MLK keynote lecture. The Purdue Dreamer Award, established in 2004, is given annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue community to honor contributions that embody Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of service to others and that further the university's commitment to diversity. The Purdue Dream Teacher Award recognizes a K-12 teacher whose work embodies King Jr.'s message of unity and commitment to improving the lives of others.
• Jan. 24. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Deans Auditorium in Pfendler Hall. Film and Dialogue. The College of Agriculture will host a screening of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The movie, inspired by a book with the same title by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, was filmed in 10 nations and follows Kristof and celebrity activists on a journey to tell stories of inspiring and courageous individuals.
• Jan. 17-31. Clothing Drive. The Office of Multicultural Programs in the College of Pharmacy is planning a clothing and "Fruit of the Loom" drive. Collection boxes will be located throughout the Heine Pharmacy Building. The clothing will be donated to "It's My Closet" at Jefferson High School in Lafayette. All clothing of any size will be accepted. Sleepwear, clothing that can be worn to formal dances and unused underwear is especially appreciated. Students from the Multicultural Association of Pharmacy Students and SNPhA will deliver the clothes and volunteer at "It's My Closet" as a service learning project.
• Jan 17 -31. College of Technology will exhibit a banner in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and encourage students to share their Dreams with the Purdue community.
• Jan. 29. 7 p.m. Lawson 1142, The College of Science will host a screening of the documentary "BLACK PURDUE," followed by a facilitated discussion.
Information on all activities is available at Purdue's website.
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