MLK Week

MLK Week 2015 - Then & Now

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week theme is Then & Now. The theme will draw lines from specific historical moments, ideas, and concepts, to current day.  Examples include looking at leaders of today and yesterday. Who or what has filled the roles of Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela today? What does protest look like yesterday vs. today? How does law enforcement look in relation to protests to today vs yesterday? We will do this through a variety of lectures, events, exhibits, and community service activities.

Schedule of Events

The following schedule is tentative.

All Week

All Day Then & Now Exhibit
This exhibit will be a display of posters, music, clothing, living spaces, social/political climate, and college student life, from 1968 and 2015.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
All Day The Great Wall of Social Justice Interactive Display
Students will be allowed to share their thoughts about the importance of social justice on a wall sized poster or by adding #nusocialjustice to their related Twitter posts. A video screen next to the poster will display student tweets live.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
All Day 50-Mile March for Martin
The university community will join together in an attempt to cumulatively walk 50 miles, the distance from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., where marches for voting rights and other civil rights causes were held. Specific treadmills in the Kiernan Center will be designated for the walk. At the end of the week, we will calculate the total number of miles recorded. Students can also calculate miles walk in open gym. For each mile walked, $1 will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Kiernan Center

Sunday, Jan. 18

7pm Mass for Peace & Justice
Sunday night Mass coordinated by Niagara University's Office of Campus Ministry.
Alumni Chapel

Monday, Jan. 19

10am - 2pm MLK Youth Day Project
High school and middle school guests will take part in campus tours, A Scholastic Books reading session, lunch and a success panel where Niagara students will share about their experiences as college students and the importance of a college education.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Rooml
7pm Vigil Prayer Service
Prayer service coordinated by Niagara University's Office of Campus Ministry.
Alumni Chapel
9pm Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
A special viewing of the movie honoring the life of Nelson Mandela.
O'Shea Hall Lounge

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Ndaba Mandela Promo

12pm U.S. Civil Rights Movement & South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement
A display and student-led brown bag discussion that will illustrate and parallel two historic movements.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
5:30pm Keynote Speaker Address: From Prisoner to President
Our keynote speaker, Ndaba Mandela, is the grandson of the late Nelson Mandela. The keynote address will share the great legacy of his grandfather and its international impact. Attendees will be allowed to ask questions and a general reception for attendees will follow the event.
Castellani Art Museum

Wednesday, Jan. 21

12:20pm Focus on Ferguson: Law Enforcement in Urban Communities Then & Now
Professor Michael Durfee will offer a presentation comparing and contrasting the role of law enforcement during citizen protests in the past and present.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
2:30pm MLK Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Video
Professor Todd Schoepflin will screen and discuss details of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
5:30pm Selma – Movie Bus Trip
Sign up through the Office of Multicultural Affairs ( or (716) 286-8510) Based on availability In theaters.

Thursday, Jan. 22

2:10pm 1968: Documentary Narrated by Tom Brokaw
Professor Vince Agnello will share video focused to the energy of 1968, the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the many politically charged events that made this such a special time in American history.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
4pm MLK- The Other Ones
David Whalen, statewide project coordinator for First Responder Disability Awareness Training, will deliver a presentation emphasizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on disability legislation.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room

Friday, Jan. 23

12pm Checking Your Privilege, Then & Now
A lunch discussion facilitated by the students of Diversity Advocates will address the present day talk of checking your privilege, what it means, and what it meant back in 1968.
Gallagher Center Multi-Purpose Room
7pm MLK Dinner Gala 
Niagara students coordinate a night of food, song, spoken word poetry, and oral presentations highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela’s historical legacies.
St. Vincent's Hall, Fourth Floor

Volunteer Opportunities

All Week

All Day Community Service & Volunteerism
Community service and volunteerism is a major part of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy as well as Niagara University’s Vincentian Mission. This week we encourage students, faculty, and staff to sign up for volunteer opportunities through the office of multicultural affairs. Please contact us and share your availability so that we can coordinate your available time with these opportunities.

Wednesday – Friday, Jan., 21 – 23

All Day Heart, Love, & Soul Food kitchen
Volunteers can help by working in the kitchen preparing/serving breakfast and lunch, working in the pantry sorting food, stocking shelves, packing groceries, helping their staff make care packages for distribution in February, and painting. Interested volunteers should contact Mike Deloia ( or (716) 282-5687).
Heart Love & Soul, 939 Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Times & Location TBA

TBA Sustainable Sandals Service Activity
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement is hosting a service-learning activity to support the Sustainable Sandals Project, which annually distributes hundreds of thousands of gently worn sandals from the Cave of the Winds to impoverished areas across the globe.