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"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change . . . but today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and to face the challenge of change."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - Celebration Kickoff


Martin Luther King Commemorative March
North entrance of Student Center

Join members of the university community as we march across campus and reflect upon the historical significance of EMU buildings and landmarks and the stalwarts for which they were named. Marchers will gather on the north side of the Student Center. Hot chocolate will be provided.


Opening Celebration Discussion
Student Center Auditorium
Begins immediately following the Commemoration March


Friday, January 15, 2015


MLK Day of Service
Student Center Ballroom
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join VISION for a morning of service with local non-profits! Meet in the Student Center Ballroom on the 2nd floor to check in and learn more about the issue you will be addressing and the organization you will be helping. Transportation will be provided! Sign up to volunteer here! Many of these site will be volunteering outside so please dress appropriately! All volunteers will be back to the Student Center by 2 pm.


The Color of Drums Poetry Celebration
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Show Time: 7:00 pm (Free Admission)



Saturday, January 16, 2015


"H2E" Student Talent Showcase and Scholarship Competition
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Show Time: 7:00 pm (Free Admission)

Join us for a celebration of the performing arts! EMU students will showcase their talents in honor of the Civil Rights Movement and compete for three scholarships!

Sunday, January 17, 2015


Community Event


Monday, January 18, 2015 – MLK DAY


MLK Breakfast
Student Center, Room 300


Courageous Conversations
Student Center (Various Rooms)


President's MLK Luncheon
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Ballroom


Keynote Address: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Auditorium


CloseUp Theatre Troupe
Student Center Auditorium
Two Shows:  4:00-5:00p and 5:30-6:30p

CloseUp Theatre Troupe's main mission is to explore health and social issues relevant to student life through theatre and follow-up dialogue. Though educational, CloseUp does not preach or moralize social issues. Instead, scenes and performances are open-ended in order to encourage questioning and dialogue among audience members. All of their material is original and collectively created by troupe members and its directors. CloseUp has been a leader in challenging audiences to think, question, laugh and feel since 1997.



Afterglow Celebration
Student Center, Room 300



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