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Office of Diversity

“Never Stop Pursuing the Dream”
MLK Week Calendar 2016

Monday, January 25

  • The Diversity Canvas Kickoff 
    This event is a campus community competition in the form of mixed media panels for display on the K-State Student Union construction walls. The works will reflect awareness of and life experience associated with diversity issues. 

    For more information visithttps://catsforinclusion.wordpress.com/ 
    Contact: LaBarbara James Wigfall, (785) 532-8688, lbjw@k-state.edu
  • Diversity Tea, hosted by K-State Polytechnic 
    "The Message: Dr. King Speaks to Hip Hop"
    Speaker: Bryant Smith, Author 
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    Location: College Center Cafeteria at K-State Polytechnic
    Contact: David Hardman, hardmand@k-state.edu, (785) 826-2984
  • 12th Annual College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Program
    Speaker: Dr. Freddie L. Richards, Professor and Immediate Past Dean, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University
    Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Waters Hall, room 137
    Contact: Dr. Zelia Wiley, zwiley@k-state.edu, (785) 532-5793

Tuesday, January 26

  • K-State Student Leader Diversity Conversation
    Time: 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
    Location: Alumni Center, Tadtman Ballroom
    Contact: Mirta Chavez, mirta@k-state.edu, (785) 532-6276
  • Commerce Bank Presidential Awards for Diversity
    Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Alumni Center, banquet room A & D
    Contact: Mirta Chavez, mirta@k-state.edu, (785) 532-6276

Wednesday, January 27

  • 17th Annual College of Business Diversity Lecture
    Speaker: Michael Gonzales,Leader of Corporate Diversity & Inclusion at Hallmark
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
    Contact: Dr. Dawne Martin, dmartin@k-state.edu, (785) 532-4383
  • 2nd Annual Civil Rights Teach-In, hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences

    “Addressing the State of Civil Rights”
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Leadership Studies Building, Town hall
    Contact: Dr. Kimathi Choma, kchoma@k-state.edu, (785) 532-6900

  • Annual MLK Program & Candlelight Vigil, Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
    “Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’”
    Speaker: Dr. Timothy Askew, English Professor, Clark-Atlanta University
    Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: K & S Ballroom, K-State Student Union
    Contact: Brandon Clark, bclark@k-state.edu, 785-532-6436
  • Hot Chocolate Reception, hosted by the Staley School of Leadership Studies
    Time: Immediately following the vigil
    Location: Outside the ballroom

Thursday, January 28

  • MLK Week Fellowship Luncheon
    The Civil rights Matinee featuring the documentary, “Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad”

    Formal introduction and Q & A by Film Director Gary Jenkins 

    Luncheon fee: $10 per person
    RSVP Deadline: Friday, January 22
    Time: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Banquet Rooms A and D, Alumni Center
    Contact: Romaine Schell, ksudiversity@k-state.edu, (785) 532-6276
  • Hard Truths Revisited in the Work of Two African American Artists, hosted by The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
    “Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference”

    Watch video of a unique 15 minute keynote address by civil and human rights leader Julian Bond, delivered at the 2011 Indianapolis Museum of Art symposium “Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference,” a gathering held in conjunction with the exhibition “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.”  Learn a bit about Mr. Dial’s highly original artwork, and hear an update on K-State’s Gordon Parks Digital Humanities Project, carried out in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Museum in Ft. Scott, KS. Leaders from KSU’s Black Student Union will comment and lead the audience discussion.

    Start Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Location: UMB Theater at the Beach Museum of Art
    Contact: Abby Howard, howarda@k-state.edu, (785) 532-7718

Friday, January 29

  • Black Faculty & Staff Alliance and Alianza Social Justice Brown Bag Luncheon
    Time: 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
    Location: Alumni Center, Purple Pride Room
    Contact: Dr. Zelia Wiley, zwiley@k-state.edu, (785) 532-5793
  • Laying of the Wreaths Ceremony and Bell Chimes
    Time: 2 p.m. (Procession begins in front of the MSO office at 1:45 p.m.)
    Location: Ahearn Fieldhouse at the MLK Bust
    Contact: Mirta Chavez, mirta@k-state.edu, 785-532-6276


Special thanks to the K-State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Week Planning Committee, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, The K-State Polytechnic Multicultural Student Union, the College of Agriculture/K-State Research and Extension, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the College of Human Ecology, the Division of Communications and Marketing, United Black Voices Gospel Choir, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, the Black Student Union, Office of Veterans Affairs, Human Capital Services, K-State Police Department, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President.