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Rose-Hulman Celebrating MLK Jr.’s Life Lessons with Special Activities
January 12, 2012
"The Dream Begins with You" is the theme of a special week of
educational, artistic and social activities at Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology celebrating the life of former civil rights
leader Martin Luther King Jr. Events begin on Monday, Jan.
16, and continue through Friday, Jan. 20.
Dr. King was a Nobel Peace Prize winning clergyman and activist
known for his work to end racial segregation and racial
discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent
means. He delivered the famous "I Have a Dream" speech during
a 1963 March on Washington, D.C.
||Michael R. Jessamy
Students, faculty and staff members will list their own "dreams"
on Post-It Notes being placed on two versions of a "Dream Wall" on
campus throughout the week. One wall will be located in the
lobby of the Hulman Student Union; another will be in the Commons
Area of Moench Hall.
"'The Dream Wall' should inspire the campus community to offer
perspectives on how Martin Luther King Jr.'s words continue to
inspire them in the areas of diversity and showcase how one person
can effect change in our society," states Luanne Tilstra, director
of Rose-Hulman's Center for Diversity.
A segment of the award-winning "Eyes on the Prize" documentary
series about the African-American civil rights movement will be the
topic of a showing and group discussion on Monday, starting at 4:30
p.m., in Room O-269 of the Olin Advanced Learning Center.
"We'll be showing one
episode, Episode #4, 'No Easy Walk," says Literature Professor
Caroline Carvill, "about the rise of Dr. King as a national
leader from 1961-63." Carvill will facilitate a group
discussion following the segment presentation.
"Most of our students have seen the 'I Have A Dream' speech, but
not many of them know a lot about [King's] earlier rise to
prominence." This event is free and open to the general public.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Dinner, on
Tuesday, Jan. 17, will honor students, faculty and staff members
for their diversity awareness and outreach. Keynote
speaker, Michael R. Jessamy, director of employee relations for the
Chrysler Group, will discuss how elements of King's messages are
still relevant today. Chrysler is sponsoring this campus
An art exhibit, featuring dazzling students' artworks, will be
displayed in the lobby of the Hulman Union from Tuesday through
Friday, Jan. 17-20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Top contest entries
will be recognized during the MLK Student Leadership Dinner.
Finally, nationally-recognized entertainer BT the Comedian will
perform as part of Rose-Hulman's Month of a Million Laughs on
Friday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Kahn Room of the Hulman
Union. This event is not open to the public.
These special MLK Jr. Week events are co-sponsored by the
President's Advisory Council on Diversity, the Diversity
Collaborative and the Student Activities Board.