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I have a dream; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance week events; Monday Jan. 27 - Friday Jan. 31Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Awards for Diversity Tuesday, Jan. 28Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2nd Annual MLK Presidential Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 28

MLK Observance Week: Saturday, Jan. 25-Friday, Jan. 31

It’s been 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Kansas State University, advocating for nonviolent approaches to remedy social tensions and lead our nation into the future. We’re proud of our connection to Dr. King, and we celebrate his legacy through campus events, as well as in our hearts. 

Saturday, Jan. 25

MLK Day of Service
8:45 a.m. to noon, Staley School of Leadership Studies

Join K-State students and community members in acts of service throughout Manhattan. Breakfast at the Leadership Studies Building then on to service sites in the community. Sponsored by HandsOn K-State, the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies. Volunteers can contact handson@k-state.edu to sign up or to receive more information.

Monday, Jan. 27

"Impact of the Dream" Diversity Student Leader Reception
5:30 p.m., 137 Waters Hall

Lecture presented by guest speaker Rev. John R. Williams, member of the Board of Education for Topeka Public Schools USD 501. Sponsored by the College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office, K-State MANRRS Chapter, and Frontier Farm Credit Services.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Awards
3:30 p.m., K-State Alumni Center Ballroom

We encourage the entire campus community to attend this reception and congratulate our award winners, Del'Sha Roberts and Mariya Vaughan, who have done so much to advance K-State diversity, to contribute to the success of historically underrepresented students, and to promote inclusive excellence. We are grateful to Commerce Bank and the W.T. Kemper Foundation for their support of these awards through the years. Sponsored by Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Sixth annual Civil Rights Teach-In
2:30-5 p.m., Leadership Studies Building Town Hall

Join the conversation on social justice issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Diversity Lecture
4-5 p.m., 1088 College of Business Building

Join K-State alumnus Ray Dempsey, vice president and chief diversity officer, British Petroleum, for his lecture on diversity. Sponsored by the College of Business Administration and the Multicultural Business Student Association.

Thursday, Jan. 30

"Dr. King's Legacy Still Lives in Our Nation" MLK Presidential Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., K-State Alumni Center Ballroom

Presented by keynote speaker Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton. Kansas Board of Regents member Cheryl Harrison-Lee will provide a reflection. Entertainment will be provided by Wayne Goins and the K-State Jazz Combo.

Registration is now closed. Please email Caitlyn Wells at ksudiversity@ksu.edu if you would like to attend without purchasing a meal.   

"Work Smarter: How to Achieve Mastery" Lecture
4:30 p.m., 1109 Engineering Hall
Book signing and reception to follow lecture.

Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., executive director for the National Society of Black Engineers, presents three sensible strategies for succeeding in college... and life. Sponsored by the Kansas Space Grant Consortium and K-State Multicultural Engineering Program.

"Buffalo Soldiers"
5-7:30 p.m., UMB Theater

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host a film screening with comments from film consultant and actor Barrie Tompkins of the Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers Association.

Friday, Jan. 31

Annual Brown Bag Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., K-State Student Union, Bluemont Room

Bring your lunch and join the K-State faculty and staff affinity groups in learning more about the campuswide diversity and inclusion plan. During this event, you will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback about the proposed plan.

Laying of the Wreaths and Candlelight Ceremony
2 p.m, K-State Student Union Courtyard and MLK Bust

The program will begin with the candlelight ceremony and end at the MLK bust in front of Ahearn Field House. A hot chocolate reception will follow, sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

We are grateful to the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, K-State Athletics, College of Business Administration, Human Capital Services, Office of General Counsel, College of Arts and Sciences and Division of Student Life for sponsoring wreaths. The Laying of the Wreaths Ceremony gives us a moment to pause at the end of an eventful week to reflect and recommit to the mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Thank you to our sponsors
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
College of Agriculture
College of Agriculture Diversity Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business Administration
College of Engineering
Division of Student Life
Multicultural Engineering Program
K-State Athletics
K-State Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Office of General Counsel
Office of The President
Office of The Provost
Staley School of Leadership Studies
Human Capital Services