Schedule of Events
MLK Day Guest Speaker
January 20 - 6 p.m.
A motivational speech by the man who inspired the main character in the movie Freedom Writers inspired by the legacy of Dr. King. Sharaud is now a teacher and coach in Long Beach, Calif.
MLK Gospel Fest
January 22 - 7 p.m. • Castellani Art Museum
Local choirs and special guests: Marsha McWilson (soloist), Xavier Walker (gospel rapper) and Heaven Bound (all-female gospel band).
January 20 - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Gallagher Center MPR
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died April 4, 1968. This day had a major impact on history moving forward. Through the 1968 display we hope to give students a picture of what life was like in 1968. Our display will include Niagara University that year, the top 100 Billboard songs, articles, clothing, Rare Photos, and all aspects of life that were witnessed by college students in that era. If you were alive at that time please share photos that use to include you in our display. This display is open to the campus community throughout the day.
- Maureen Stevens – Theatre Department
- Hope Russell – Women’s Studies
- Howard Morgan – Institutional Advancement
- David Blackburn – Office of Multicultural Affairs
Celebrating The Culture of Service – NUSGA & E.A.G.L.E Program
January 20 - Noon • Gallagher Center MPR
MLK The Sociologist – By Dr. Todd Schoepflin
January 20 - 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. • Gallagher Center MPR
Race and Ethnicity Class – Open Presentation for Campus Community
MLK-The Other Ones – Facilitated by David Whalen - Project Director
January 20 - 11 a.m. • Bisgrove 352
First Responder Disability Awareness Training emphasizing MLK’s impact on disability legislation. Snacks will be provided.
Unique Perspectives on Martin Luther King’s Legacy
January 22 - 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. • St. Vincent Hall 407
Panel discussion on transracial adoption and interracial identities. Reflections on MLK’s legacy from these unique perspectives. Panelists: Dr. John Sauter, Zack Fried (Adoption Star), Stephanie Shaw M.S.W. (Adoption Star/State Ed. Dept.), and Niagara students
Community Service Opportunities
MLK Day Youth Project
High school and middle school guests will take part in campus tours, a Scholastic Books reading session, lunch, and student success panel. Volunteers can sign up to host our high school and middle school guests during their visit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sandal Falls Project
January 20 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Kiernan Center, Front Gym
Stop by to help clean gently used sandals that will be sent to countries in need. Coordinated by the BOLD Student Club and the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement.
50 Mile March for Martin
January 20 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. • Kiernan Center
Help us reach 50 miles by walking on designated treadmills, Signing out pedometers (sponsored by Human Resources) and recording your steps, or doing laps in the Kiernan Center's front gym. The distance is based on the Selma to Montgomery, Ala., marches for voting rights and other civil rights causes. For each mile walked, we will donate $1 to Roswell Park. Join us for an open walk from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A live DJ will play tunes from the 60s along with mixes of Dr. King’s famous speeches.
Elementary School Reading Project
Volunteers will read a passage from an MLK book we are donating to elementary school classes. Interested students can email Stefanie Wichhart at email@example.com. Please give your availability on January 21-23. Transportation is available via Learn and Serve.
Heart, Love, & Soul Food Kitchen
January 21-24 • 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Students can help the hungry by working in the kitchen or food pantry, or with special events that week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Students can sign up and get more details by emailing Mike Daloia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All films events are open to the entire campus community.
January 13-19, 24, 31 - 9 p.m. • Campus TV
Special screening. Popcorn and discussion Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., O’Shea Lounge
I Have a Dream Speech
January 20 - 10:20 a.m. • Gallagher Center MPR
The campus community is welcome to join Dr. Jim MCcutcheon’s Spanish class for the viewing.