Dickinson’s Office of Diversity Initiatives will present unique
opportunities for the campus community to celebrate the life and legacy
of Martin Luther King Jr. A panel discussion and An Evening With King
are planned for the 2nd Annual MLK Institute: MLK and the Millennial
Generation on Friday, Feb. 10.
“It is important that the community take the time to pause, reflect
and respond to the ways in which this historic icon challenged our
country and our world to think critically about our coexistence and the
ways we engage one another,” says Norm Jones, dean of diversity and
student development. “Through the institute, we are asking students to
explore Dr. King's relevance in the context of our contemporary world as
well as their lived experience. Engaging in this kind of reflection
allows students to make important connections between our collective
history, our current political and social realities and our obligations
as a society to perpetuate and continually realize the dream that Dr.
King so nobly advanced,” says Jones.
The following events are free and open to the public:
Stern Center, Great Room
A panel of experts moderated by Joyce Bylander, special assistant to
the president for institutional and diversity initiatives, will discuss
Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in a free public event. Panelists include
Dr. Vernan Carraway, Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and re-enactor;
Mara Donaldson, professor of religion and Africana studies; Brenda
Bretz, associate provost for curriculum; and Leonard Brown, dean of
students and associate vice president for student development.
Round two of a competition to identify the student-delivered speech
that best reflects a personal understanding of Martin Luther King Jr.'s
work and how that understanding has been integrated and demonstrated in
their personal behavior, social interactions and sense of place in the
larger world. Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be
“An Evening with King”
Dr. Vernan Carraway will perform vignettes of King’s speeches and
essays. He also will offer personal commentary on the relevance of these
pieces in contemporary society.
*Check out more about the MLK Institute and the Voices of the People Initiative here.