Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2017 - Friday, January 20, 2017

Please join NIU and our community partners next week in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we explore “the simple art of living together.”

More information can be found at go.niu.edu/MLK


Community Ecumenical Service
Monday, January 16, 5:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Faith leaders and community members join together as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. All are welcome. A community potluck dinner will follow the service.

Tuesday, January 17
Holmes Student Center, Lower Level
The #OneLoveNIU campaign launch provides an opportunity to gather in the lower level of Holmes Student Center where everyone is invited to make their mark around the message of love and positivity. The campaign is sponsored by the NIU Student Association.
The #OneLoveNIU campaign highlights aspects of NIU that we all love and appreciate in regards to diversity, positivity and strengthening our community. We want students to post to social media and include the hashtag #OneLoveNIU, sharing reasons on what #OneLoveNIU means to them. Building off what President Baker mentioned in his recent post-election memorandum, “No matter your role at NIU, the opportunity for education, building community and growing exists for us all. Unity begins with each of us, and together we will move forward.”

Diversity Dialogue with Jane Elliott: The Anatomy of Prejudice
Wednesday, January 18, 6 p.m.
Carl Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center
Ms. Jane Elliott, the adaptor of the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes exercise in teaching about the anatomy of prejudice and the subject of the Peabody Award-winning film, “The Eye of the Storm,” introduces and discusses that film and explores with the audience the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.

Annual March & Community Gathering
Thursday, January 19, 3:30 p.m.
Altgeld Auditorium
In practicing “the simple art of living together,” all are welcome to join for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The afternoon includes musical selections, an address from Pastor Leroy Mitchell, a commemorative march on campus including a moment of reflection at the MLK Commons, and concluding with community members gathering for fellowship in Altgeld Hall Auditorium.


Connect Through Service
Monday, January 16 – Friday, January 20
Part of simply living together is recognizing how you can serve those in need in your community. We are asking your organization or department to think about an act of service that they can complete during the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week.

When your organization completes the service and/or brings any donations to the non-profit you have chosen, we ask that you take a photo of your group completing the service, or delivering the donation (please be sure to ask permission from the organization). Please post photos on social media and use the hashtag #niu #livingtogether and the community can celebrate the impact that we have had!