Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
- On Monday, January 19th, South Bend Heritage will join the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County to present the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Century Center. Highlights of the Celebration include the Community Service Recognition Breakfast, the Memorial March and the Youth Program. Each year the celebration brings thousands of people together to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
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"Martin Luther King Celebration Concert" by the South Bend Symphonic Choir
Honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s day with this concert featuring cellist Sterling Elliott, Junior Laureate Sphinx Competition winner, along with the combined voices of the IU South Bend choirs.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
IU South Bend Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1700 W. Mishawaka Ave.
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“Standing Together: Then and Now” Circle Dialogue
Time: Mon Jan 19, 2015, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Meet in the Atrium
100 Moose Krause Circle, Notre Dame

Join us for a Circle Dialogue about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy–what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. Add your voice as we gather around the iconic photograph of Dr. King and Fr. Hesburgh for reflection and exploration.
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Workshops and lectures at Goshen Community College
2:30 p.m.
•    “Making the Invisible Visible: Design as a Vehicle for Social Change” with Anne Berry, design faculty at Notre Dame, in Newcomer Room 19.  Participants will receive a general introduction about the field of design, and learn more specifically about design as a way to document and preserve narratives that might otherwise become lost or forgotten. There will be some focus on how to use art and design as a way to bring about change. The session will include some brainstorming activities to help participants think about ways art and design can facilitate building strong community relationships.
•    Final presentation for Regina Shands Stoltzfus' Conversations on Race class in Newcomer Room 17. Students in PJCS 199 will lead  “Conversations on Race in the Era of Ferguson, MO.”  Their work analyzes and provides a historical and societal context for the events leading up to the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride and many others.
•    “Preparing for Public Witness: Tools and Exercises,” with Rich Hostetler Meyer ('79), in Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall South. Rich is director of Elkhart County Clubhouse, a support community for adults living with mental illnesses. From 1997 – 2008 he was a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, serving with the Palestine Team and on the Support Team, and afterward as a reservist. He led and co-led the CPT training module on Preparing for Public Witness, and he brings elements of that training to this workshop.He has helped to prepare many groups of students for participation in public witness around issues of militarism and racism.
•    “The Language of the Unheard: #ICantBreathe” with Ewuare Osayande, anti-oppression coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee U.S., in the Church-Chapel's Koinonia Room. In 1966, Dr. King stated that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” This workshop will address the various creative ways African American activists are confronting systems of oppression and garnering national attention and international support through the use of social media, nonviolent direct action campaigns and other forms of resistance. The workshop will also consider how these movements offer new models of activism that expose the hypocrisies of America's social norms even as they evoke and embody more authentic notions of democracy and pave the way for a more just future.

2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EST
A community luncheon celebration to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Monday, January 19, 2015, from 11:30-1:00, at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College.
There will be music, great food and activities appropriate for all ages. Special programs for elementary age children will be led by Grace College students. Former Warsaw Community Schools educator Marsha Cook will be sharing her experience as the first African-American teacher within the school system. Her insights and stories provide a local face to the Civil Right legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This community celebration is free and open to the public. Please plan to attend this celebratory event which is for EVERYONE!

Thousand Man March: Greater in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meet at City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor, located on the corner of Pipestone and Wall St. The march will be at 2 p.m.

WHAT: Greater Young Men, a movement started by young men with a passion to inspire youth to be their best, is organizing a peaceful march and rally.

WHY: Because we are tired of seeing unarmed Black men gunned down at the hands of some misguided police officers.  We are also tired of seeing the cycles of poverty, fatherlessness, Black-on-Black crime, mass incarceration, and high school dropouts in our community and our nation.
WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2015, in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 2:00pm.

WHERE: We will be meeting at City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor, located on the corner of Pipestone and Wall St.

WHO'S INVITED: Anyone who shares the desire to see our nation living up to the ideals of justice, equality, fairness, and respect for all humanity, upon which it was founded. We are especially calling upon boys, young men, and older men!

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