Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2020

Niagara University annually hosts a variety of events in January to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

MLK Celebration 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020|  Noon- 2:00 p.m. – Lower Level Gallagher Center

Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students will explore teachings and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 22,2020| 4:30 p.m. – Alumni Hall Chapel

Prayer and Reflection
The campus community will come together for a time of interdenominational prayer and reflection, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, January 23,  2020| Noon – Lower level Gallagher Center, Multi-purpose Room

Freedom Crossing

Presenter- Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

Attendees will explore and discuss the Niagara Movement, Underground Railroad and explore the relationship of Niagara Falls and the fight for African American freedom.

Friday, January 24, 2020| 5:00 p.m. – Dunleavy Hall 127

Harriet - Film Screening

Attendees will view the film, HARRIET. Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of Harriet Tubman- American freedom fighter. Harriet tells the story of an Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of Americas greatest heroes. Harriet's courage, ingenuity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

(All films/ videos are intended for the educational instruction of Niagara University students.)

Monday, January 27, 2020| 11:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m.  – Lower level Gallagher Center

Traveling Museum

The campus community will have the incredible opportunity to experience the contributions of African American inventors, which enhanced the lives of many during their generation and continues today.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020|  5:00 p.m. – St. Vincent's Hall- Room 405 

Willie Perdomo- Diversity Speaker

Presentation celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's. influence on the arts and examine moments where poetry echoed the marches in the struggle for freedom.

Willie Perdomo is a Puerto Rican poet and storyteller. He is the author of the Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon ( a 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), Smoking Lovely ( winner of the 2004 Pen Open Book Award), and Where a Nickel Costs a Dime ( a Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award Finalist)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020| 5:00 p.m. – Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons

"Your Brain is Good at Inclusion Except When its Not"

Steve Robbins- KEYNOTE Speaker

Dr. Steve L. Robbins is the founder and owner of S.L. Robbins and Associates, a consulting firm on issues of human behavior. Dr. Steve invites you to a deeper conversation about diversity, inclusion and the power of caring.

Thursday, January 30, 2020| 12:15 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Lower Level Gallagher Center

Did you Know?

Attendees will explore historical truths of influential African American Civil Rights leader.

Friday, January 31, 2020| 6:00 p.m. - Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons
A Night of Motown| Dine with OMA

Featuring: The Next Level Band

Niagara University and community will experience musical selections honoring the iconic Motown Records. Highlighting legends like The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes and many more. 

Join OMA for an evening of music and traditional African American cuisine. 

Friday, February 7, 2020 – Sunday, February 9, 2020
Washington, D.C. Bus Trip
Niagara University students will take a trip to Washington D.C. to view the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial, and many others.

For more information, contact, Director- Averl Harbin (aharbin@niagara.edu), Program Coordinator Simone Beckford (sbeckford@niagara.edu)

Co-sponsored by NUSGA, the Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center, Campus Ministry, Office of Mission Integration, and the Diversity Committee.