Martin Luther King Junior’s I Have A Dream speech is the most moving piece of verbal delivery I have ever heard. I had a lot to compare it to since I took rhetoric in college and studied a lot of famous speeches. But Dr. King was a natural speaker with a persuasive ability that cannot be taught. He also spoke from the heart and was as passionate about promoting peace as he was compassionate about human suffering. He was a great man and an admirable leader.
Carnegie Mellon is one of the few universities that does not close on Martin Luther King Day but they do have a good rationale. They call it a day on instead of a day off and offer events throughout the day to honor this great man. All classes are also cancelled after 12:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. These are great events to take your children to since they are off from school and will prove to be an enriching cultural experience. This is also a great chance to see the Josh & Gab Show that I blogged about recently.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Rangos Ballroom, University Center
Join President Subra Suresh for a special listening tour dedicated to the university’s commitment to diversity.
12:30 pm -3:00 pm
Check the information desk at the University Center located beside the football field for exact locations but most events will be held in the same building. Activities and presentations appropriate for children of all ages will be offered. The Josh & Gab Show team will present a special Anti-Bullying Musical Comedy program for kids at 1:30 pm. The Children’s School will feature arts and craft activities and story time. Children will also be decorating a Freedom Mural and a collage to be on display in the University Center. Snacks will be provided.
Connan Room & Wean Commons, University Center
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
15th Anniversary Celebration for MLK Writing Awards
Rangos Ballroom, University Center
The School of Drama will feature a special chorale tribute in celebration of Dr. King. Local high school and college students will also read personal narratives dealing with individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. The students are recipients of writing awards sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Creative Writing Program, Student Affairs and Office of the President.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
McConomy Auditorium, University Center
Students in Service: Habitat for Humanity Presentation – there are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps to building or renovate simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need. This event will feature representatives from the HFH of Greater Pittsburgh and a local family. Learn more about how you can get involved with HFH local build opportunities, Habitat ReStore and student alternative break experiences – 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Danforth Lounge, University Center
Story Circles: Social Justice & Community – circle stories provide a nexus for artistic, educational and culturally relevant conversations. This informal conversation will feature local Pittsburgh community leaders who are engaged in innovative social justice issues- 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Kirr Commons, University Center
Join teens from the Arts Greenhouse hip-hop program who will feature music and prose celebrating art and culture while exploring the bitter-sweet relevance of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Pittsburgh youth. The Arts Greenhouse is a music education outreach program for facilitated by Carnegie Mellon – 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pghbeatmakers.org.
Rangos Ballroom, University Center – Keynote Address and Dessert Reception
Featuring Jendayi E. Frazer, Ph.D – Former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, CMU Distinguished Service Professor, Council of Foreign Relations
‘Leading with Courage and Conviction” – 4:30 p.m.
Skibo Cafe, University Center 8 p.m.
MLK Late Night Spoken Word – Transcending the Dream “Force though Speech”
Presented by SPIRIT in conjunction with Pittsburgh Poetry Collective – this event will showcase spoken word artists from our campus and the surrounding Pittsburgh community. The featured poet for the evening will be William Evans of Columbus, Ohio. For more information about the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective/Steel City Slam, please visit pghpoetry.org
To find out more details about these events contact 412-268-2075.