Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 18 - 21, 2016

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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. The 2016 MLK Celebration will include the 30th annual Freedom March and Student Tribute events coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. The MLK Celebration will also include featured presentations including the 22nd annual Faculty/Staff In-Service, Your Words Have Power featured discussion, the Tunnel of Oppression exhibit, and the 30/30 MLK Volunteer Challenge. To close our celebration, we are excited to have as a guest speaker Activist Tamika Mallory deliver a message on Millennial Activism on Thursday, January 21st at 6pm in the University Center. All events are free and open to the public.

OMSS would like to thank the 2016 MLK Celebration collaborative event sponsors include:


Guest Speaker - Tamika Mallory

The MLK 2016 Celebration Guest Speaker will be Tamika Mallory, a nationally-recognized leader who most recently was the co-director of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, Justice or Else. Tamika Mallory will speak on "Millennial Activism" at 6pm on Thursday January 21 in the University Center Room 202C.


The 2016 MLK Celebration

In order of start date, listed below are the lineup of events and initiatives. 

The 22nd Annual Faculty/Staff In-Service

When: Monday, January 18 at 10am-12pm

Where: University Center Room 203

What: Faculty and Staff from across campus will present a series of readings in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme is "Compassion: Making the World a Better Place", and the readings may include poems, short stories, essays, or speeches. For additional details contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office.

The 30th Annual MLK Freedom March

When: Monday, January 18 at 4-5pm

Where: University Center Rankin Lounge, 805 Campus Drive

What: The annual Freedom March is a symbolic event to pay tribute to the life's work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Members of our campus community will meet at the University Center Lounge and march together throughout campus. The march will end back in the University Center, with brief words and acknowledgements and light refreshments.

*Concurrently taking place from 2-5pm, will be the Community Volunteerism Open House - a display of opportunities and areas of need within our surrounding community to see where you can volunteer your time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. As MLK Day is recognized as a national day of service, we want to promote volunteerism in our community on this day.

 The 30/30 MLK Volunteer Challenge

When: Monday, January 18 - Monday, February 29

Where: Throughout the Big Rapids Community

What: We Want To See You Serve! In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Ferris' celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are challenging members of our campus community to do 30 volunteer hours in 30 days! click here for details! Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services, and News Services/Social Media!

The 30th Annual MLK Student Tribute

When: Tuesday, January 19 at 7-8:30pm

Where: University Center Room 217, 805 Campus Drive

What: Students and student organizations at Ferris State University will present a variety tributes in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

The Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit

When: Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday, January 21 11am-6pm

Where: Ward Hall (South Campus next to the Rock Cafe)

What: The Tunnel of Oppression is presented by the Office of Residence Life and is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. It is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power. 

 "Your Words Have Power" The 2016 MLK Celebration Featured Discussion

When: Wednesday, January 20 at 7-8:30pm

Where: University Center Room 202 AB, 805 Campus Drive

What: The featured discussion event "Your Words Have Power" focuses on the importance of positive and inclusive language on our campus and in society.

Student Organization Sponsors: 

  • Advocacy and Education of Gender Identity and Sexuality (AEGIS)
  • Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA)
Guest Speaker Tamika Mallory, former Executive Director National Action Network

When: Thursday, January 21 at 6-7:30pm

Where: University Center Room 202C, 805 Campus Drive

What: Tamika D. Mallory is a nationally-recognized leader, currently being heralded as a next-generation champion of the Civil Rights movement. A fiery and outspoken champion for social justice, Ms. Mallory has been called the “Sojourner Truth of Our Time” by JET magazine and publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett. Ms. Mallory is the President of Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning and event management firm based in New York City. In 2014, Ms. Mallory was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and served as co-chair of the NYC initiative, Gun Violence Awareness Month. Most recently, in her role as Board Member for The Gathering for Justice, Ms. Mallory has been supporting the efforts of Justice League NYC to reduce racial disparities in policing. She has been featured on CNN, TV One, MSNBC, News One and many other mediums as a leading voice on key social justice issues. On 10-10-15, Tamika served as Co-Director of the 20th Anniversary of The Million Man March, Justice Or Else.

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