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Purdue celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Events to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. are going on in Greater Lafayette all week.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 5:22 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 3:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Events to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. are going on in Greater Lafayette all week. Monday, students and volunteers from Purdue participated in "MLK Day of Service."

They worked with local community service agencies. Some events included volunteering at food pantries and making arts and crafts for local organizations.

Groups also set up voter registration stations on campus. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Martin Luther King's fraternity, performed step routines on campus.

Student Success coach for Purdue Promise Aaron Harris said it feels good to see students from all different backgrounds celebrating King's legacy. 

"Anywhere you can find hope right now is a good place, we can go either way with this thing you hope that the lessons that you teach them you hope the things that they learn they are going to make a difference, they are going to be a bright spot in the future once they graduate," said Harris. 

Events are going on all week, a full list can be found below.

* Jan. 9-16. Purdue Libraries faculty and staff create and mount displays on a variety of topics related to King's legacy in libraries across campus.

* Jan. 13. Purdue Dining & Catering will distribute free slices of birthday cake in the Purdue Memorial Union and Purdue residence halls dining courts.

* Jan. 15. 4 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 2925 S. 18th St., Lafayette. Pastor Alliance MLK Community Choir.

* Jan. 17. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Pfendler Hall, Room 241. "Black Purdue" screening and panel discussion, moderated by Venetria Patton, Purdue professor of English and head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

* Jan. 18. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Pfendler Hall, Room 241. "Looking at the Civil Rights Movement vs. Black Lives Matter Movement," presented by Kai Green, assistant professor of queer theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

* Jan. 19. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Nelson Hall of Food Science, Room 1215, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. in Matthews Hall, Room 241. "Emotional Intelligence Workshops," presented by David G. Lewis of Lewis Consulting Group.

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