Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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The 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

ThemeThe Many Lenses of Dr. King: Activate, Motivate, Collaborate”

January 16 - 18, 2017


The Office of Multicultural Student Services would like to invite members of our campus community to join us for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. All events are free and open to the public.


 Monday January 16 – (MLK Day)

  • Diversity & Inclusion Office 23rd annual Faculty & Staff In-Service

      10am-12pm University Center 203

This year’s theme will be “Civility or Incivility" for the 23rd annual Faculty/Staff In-Service to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  This is an opportunity for the University community to hear faculty and staff read poems, essays, and short stories about the struggle between civility and incivility. Preference will be given to original writings, although the program will include some well-known writings.  If you are interested in being a reader, please contact David Pilgrim (pilgrimd@ferris.edu or x3946).

  • CLACS: MLK Day of Service Volunteer Expo Flyer

       3-5pm University Center Lounge/202

Community agencies from the Big Rapids area will be present to promote volunteer opportunities to our campus community. 

  • OMSS: 31st annual Freedom March & Student Tribute Flyer

       4-6pm University Center Lounge/202

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Services for the 31st Annual Freedom March and Student Tribute in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Freedom March will start at 4 p.m. at the University Center Rankin Lounge, and conclude back at the University Center in Room 202. Following the Freedom March there will be remarks from campus leadership, and the 2017 Tribute presentations and performances. Light refreshments will be provided.



Tuesday January 17

  • Residential Life Harmony Project: Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit Flyer

      10am-8pm University Center 116

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. It is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. Participants walk through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. 

  • Featured Discussion: Politics Now – What Would MLK Think? Flyer

       5-6:30pm University Center 202B                                                                                                            co-sponsored by the Political Engagement Project and Student Government

The Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Political Engagement Project and Student Government will be hosting a featured panel discussion for the MLK Celebration with students, faculty and staff called “Politics Now: What Would MLK Think?” The discussion will mostly focus on issues of today relative to politics and social justice.


Wednesday January 18

  • Residential Life: Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit

      10am-5pm University Center 116

  • 5-Star Event: Guest Speaker Bakari Sellers flyer

      7-8:30pm University Center 202


Bakari Sellers CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer & Activist

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina.

His impressive list accomplishment in addition to having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans and has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He now currently serves on AIPAC’s National Council.

He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers.

For more information on Bakari Sellers, visit http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/bakari-sellers