MLK Week

MLK Week

Schedule of Events

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MLK Day Guest Speaker

January 20 - 6 p.m.

A motivational speech by the man who inspired the main character in the movie  Freedom Writers  inspired by the legacy of Dr. King. Sharaud is now a teacher and coach in Long Beach, Calif.

MLK Day Guest Speaker

MLK Gospel Fest

January 22 - 7 p.m. - Castellani Art Museum

Local choirs and special guests: Marsha McWilson (soloist), Xavier Walker (gospel rapper) and Heaven Bound (all-female gospel band).

MLK Gospel Fest

1968 Display1968 Display

January 20 - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Gallagher Center MPR

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died April 4, 1968. This day had a major impact on history moving forward. Through the 1968 display we hope to give students a picture of what life was like in 1968. Our display will include Niagara University that year, the top 100 Billboard songs, articles, clothing, Rare Photos, and all aspects of life that were witnessed by college students in that era. If you were alive at that time please share photos that use to include you in our display. This display is open to the campus community throughout the day.

Coordinated by:

  • Maureen Stevens — Theatre Department
  • Hope Russell — Women’s Studies
  • Howard Morgan — Institutional Advancement
  • David Blackburn — Office of Multicultural Affairs

Celebrating The Culture of Service — NUSGA & E.A.G.L.E Program

January 20 - Noon  - Gallagher Center MPR

- This will not be a lecture but a celebration  
- Mitch Allegre will facilitate.  
- He will introduce servant leadership and hold up Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example of a servant leader  
- We will then allow invited groups and individuals to briefly describe the service they are performing  
- We will then facilitate a discussion of how groups may support each other’s service efforts and how we may create a culture of servant leadership at NU  
- The event is open to all students and staff at NU

MLK The Sociologist — By Dr. Todd Schoepflin

January 20 - 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. - Gallagher Center MPR

Race and Ethnicity Class — Open Presentation for Campus Community

MLK-The Other Ones — Facilitated by David Whalen - Project Director

January 20 - 11 a.m. - Bisgrove 352

First Responder Disability Awareness Training emphasizing MLK’s impact on disability legislation. Snacks will be provided.

Unique Perspectives on Martin Luther King’s Legacy

January 22 - 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. - St. Vincent Hall 407

Panel discussion on transracial adoption and interracial identities. Reflections on MLK’s legacy from these unique perspectives. Panelists: Dr. John Sauter, Zack Fried (Adoption Star), Stephanie Shaw M.S.W. (Adoption Star/State Ed. Dept.), and Niagara students  

Community Service Opportunities

MLK Day Youth Project

January 20

High school and middle school guests will take part in campus tours, a Scholastic Books reading session, lunch, and student success panel. Volunteers can sign up to host our high school and middle school guests during their visit. Email for details.

Sandal Falls Project

January 20 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Kiernan Center, Front Gym

Stop by to help clean gently used sandals that will be sent to countries in need. Coordinated by the BOLD Student Club and the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement.

50 Mile March for Martin

January 20 - 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Kiernan Center

Help us reach 50 miles by walking on designated treadmills, Signing out pedometers (sponsored by Human Resources) and recording your steps, or doing laps in the Kiernan Center's front gym. The distance is based on the Selma to Montgomery, Ala., marches for voting rights and other civil rights causes. For each mile walked, we will donate $1 to Roswell Park. Join us for an open walk from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A live DJ will play tunes from the 60s along with mixes of Dr. King’s famous speeches.

Elementary School Reading Project

January 21-23

Volunteers will read a passage from an MLK book we are donating to elementary school classes. Interested students can email Stefanie Wichhart at Please give your availability on January 21-23. Transportation is available via Learn and Serve.  

Heart, Love, & Soul Food Kitchen

January 21-24 - 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Students can help the hungry by working in the kitchen or food pantry, or with special events that week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Students can sign up and get more details by emailing Mike Daloia at  

MLK Films

All films events are open to the entire campus community.

Freedom Writers

January 13-19, 24, 31 - 9 p.m. - Campus TV

Special screening. Popcorn and discussion Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., O’Shea Lounge

I Have a Dream Speech

January 20 - 10:20 a.m. - Gallagher Center MPR

The campus community is welcome to join Dr. Jim MCcutcheon’s Spanish class for the viewing.