MLK Day Events Celebrate Legacy of Service

January 14, 2021 Caitlin Burns

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The Arcadia University community is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events hosted and collaborated by departments across campus. The following is a schedule of events in celebration of the Jan. 18 MLK Day holiday and Day of Service that run through the beginning of February, which is Black History Month. More information on how Arcadia is celebrating Black History Month will be communicated as details on events and on how University community members can participate are finalized.  

Saturday, Jan. 16
The Office of Institutional Diversity, along with Pan African Studies, encourages the community to attend the Allentown Art Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, an annual event celebrating the legacy of an iconic civil rights leader. These virtual events run through Thursday, Jan. 21. For more information and an event schedule, go to the museum’s website.

Sunday, Jan. 17
Through the Office of Social Impact and Innovation, Civic Scholars are collaborating with the Eastern Montgomery County Interfaith Coalition and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) for KI’s annual MLK Day of Learning: "Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution." This virtual event will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom and will feature six Arcadia students presenting as part of the program. Those interested in attending can register through KI’s website.

Monday, Jan. 18
Institutional Diversity will host a viewing from 1 to 3 p.m. of the documentary, “King in the Wilderness,” which showcases Dr. King’s role in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through the lens of those who worked with him. Sign up for the event. 

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Arcadia’s University Advancement will dedicate its monthly Alumni Roundtable event to discussions on service on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. Panelists include alumni Anna Bohl-Fabian ’11 and Michael Sander ’99, and Public Health major Tyanna Taylor ’21. Register for the event.

Monday, Jan. 25
Institutional Diversity will host a documentary showing of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, with Part 1: “Out of the Shadows” shown from 10 a.m. to noon and Part 2: “Move on Up” from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required for Parts 1 and 2.

Tuesday, Jan. 26
Institutional Diversity will continue the documentary Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, with showsing of Part 3: "Keep Your Head Up High" from 10 a.m. to noon and Part 4: "Touch the Sky" from noon to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required for Parts 3 and 4.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
Campus Life will host its first workshop in collaboration with University Relations to engage all members of the community in what Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech means to them. Guidelines and discussions around the I Have A Dream Knight project will happen during this workshop, which will be held at 4 p.m. For more details and to register, contact Assistant Director for Engagement and New Student Programs Troy Young at youngt@arcadia.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Campus Life will host its second workshop in collaboration with University Relations for the I Have a Dream Knight project, which will partner community members who have similar interests in their presentation of Dr. King’s speech. This workshop will be held at 4 p.m. For more details and to register, contact Assistant Director for Engagement and New Student Programs Young at youngt@arcadia.edu.

Athletics is asking student-athletes to share why they fight for social justice and why building a more equitable society is important to them. Their testimonials will be shared on the Athletics website and their social media accounts beginning on Jan. 18. 

Arcadia University also will offer MLK Day as a “Day on, not off” to staff and faculty to encourage community members to participate through Covid-safe and remote service opportunities in their local area. Volunteer opportunities in individual’s local areas can be found through Global Citizen.

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