Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, Cornell and the greater Ithaca community celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

2014 Community Observances
 

The events, workshops, meals, concerts, and films on this list provide a number of ways to engage with each other. For the first time, Cornell University staff will recognize the holiday with a day “off” from work. Consider making this a day “on” by participating in any of these events or making it a personal day of service in your community.

Thursday, January 16
29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Luncheon
11:30am – 1:00pm

Southside Community Center - 305 S. Plain St. Ithaca, NY
Cost: $15; open to the public
Sponsors: Lifelong’s Northside/ Southside Program and the Southside Community Center

Saturday, January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast
9:00 – 11:30am

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School - 302 W. Buffalo St.
Cost: $3 per person; $10 per family of 4; $2 for seniors and students
Sponsor: Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Monday, January 20

(Please note there are many events listed for this day.)

Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00am

Emerson Suites – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Find more information at this link.

Citizenship: Activism and Belonging Presentations
9:00am – 10:00am

Emerson Suites – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Find more information at this link.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Educational Workshops
10:00am & 2:00pm

Campus Center – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Find more information at this link.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Celebration: “The Curse of Poverty Has No Justification”
Keynote Speaker: Kirby Edmonds
“How We Can Create a Socially Just Local Economy”
11:30am – 1:30pm (Community Luncheon)

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School Gymnasium – 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: Greater Ithaca Activities Center; Cornell University Multicultural Resource Center; Center for Transformative Action; Cornell Public Service Center; Student Leadership, Engagement & Campus Activities (SLECA); Cornell Dining; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; GreenStar Cooperative Market; GreenStar Community Board; Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs; and community members

Transportation for members of the Cornell campus community is provided by the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI). To reserve a seat, contact cdsjprogram.oadi@cornell.edu
Bus Departs: 11:00am; Bus Returns: 1:30pm

Grab 'n Go Lunchtime Film – Freedom Riders

12:00pm

Klingenstein Lounge – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Find more information at this link.

Ithaca College MLK Day Celebration
Keynote speaker: Librada Paz
4:00 – 6:00pm

Emerson Suites – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Find more information at this link.

Transportation for members of the Cornell campus community is provided by the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI). To reserve a seat, contact cdsjprogram.oadi@cornell.edu
Bus Departs: 3:30pm; Bus Returns: 6:00pm

“The Throwaways”
Film screening and discussion featuring filmmaker Ira McKinley
6:30pm

Cinemapolis – Ithaca, NY
Find more information at this link.

School of Music Annual MLK Celebration Concert
7:30pm

Ford Hall, Whalen Center – Ithaca College
Cost: Free and open to the public
Find more information at this link.          

Wednesday, January 22
“Live Your Dream” Artivism
7:00pm

Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center – Cornell University
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and Cornell Latin America Student Society

Share your reflections at this annual open mic event through the use of visual art, poetry/spoken word, music, or just speaking. Sign up to perform at cdsjprogram.oadi@cornell.edu or the day of the event!

Tuesday, February 4
Martin L. King, Jr., Commemorative Lecture
Speaker: Michele Norris
4:45pm

Sage Chapel – Cornell University
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Cornell United Religious Work
Find more information at this link.
Previous lectures can be found on CornellCast.

For reference: The Cornell Library offers a Martin Luther King guide to resources for research.