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Carnegie Mellon Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 20, 2014

11:30 am -12:15 pm

President Suresh's Listening Tour on Diversity     

Rangos Ballroom, University Center

Join President Subra Suresh for a special listening tour dedicated to the university's commitment to diversity.

12:30 pm -3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.! 

Children’s Programs/Activities

Activities and a presentation appropriate for children of all ages will be offered.

Featuring local Pittsburgh educators & artists "The Josh & Gab show" who will present a special Anti-Bullying Musical Comedy program for kids at 1:30 pm. 

(For more information, please visit

The Children's School MLK Tribute

The Children's School will feature arts & craft activities and story time.  Children will also be decorating a Freedom Mural and a collage to be on display in the University Center.  Snacks will be provided.

Connan Room & Wean Commons, University Center

12:30 pm– 2:00 pm

15th Anniversary Celebration for MLK Writing Awards 

Featuring a Musical Tribute from the School of Drama

Rangos Ballroom, University Center
Join us for a special celebration for the MLK Writing Awards!  The School of Drama will feature a special chorale tribute in celebration of Dr. King.  Local high school & college students will also read personal narratives dealing with individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination.  The students are recipients of writing awards sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Creative Writing Program, Student Affairs and Office of the President.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Students in Service:  Habitat for Humanity

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless.  Habitat helps to building or renovate simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need.  Join the CMU chapter of Habitat for a conversationa on housing and poverty.  This event will feature representatives from the HFH of Greater Pittsburgh and a local family as they share their experiences with servant leadership, homeownership and neighborhood revitalization.  Learn more about how you can get involved with HFH local build opportunities, Habitat ReStore and student alternative break experiences.

2:00 pm -3:00pm

Story Circles:  Social Justice & Community

Danforth Lounge, University Center

Circle stories provide a nexus for artistic, educational and culturally relevant conversations.  This informal conversation will feature local Pittsburgh community leaders who are engaged in innovative social justice issues.

2:30 pm -3:30 pm

Arts Greenhouse Performance & Workshop

Kirr Commons, University Center

Join teens from the Arts Greenhouse hip-hop program who will feature music and prose celebrating art & culture while exploring the  bitter-sweet relevance of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Pittsburgh youth. The Arts Greenhouse is a music education outreach program for facilitated by Carnegie Mellon. For more information, visit

4:30 pm

Keynote Address and Dessert Reception

Featuring Jendayi E. Frazer, Ph.D

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, CMU Distinguished Service Professor, Council of Foreign Relations

'Leading with Courage and Conviction"

Rangos Ballroom, University Center


Student Speakers:

Vijay Jayaram, Junior, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Millard McElwee, Junior, Civil & Environmental Engineering

View a live webcast of the student and keynote speakers. The webcast will begin 15 minutes before the event.

8 pm

MLK Late Night Spoken Word

Transcending the Dream

"Force though Speech"

Presented by SPIRIT in conjunction with Pittsburgh Poetry Collective

Skibo Cafe, University Center

This event will showcase spoken word artists from our campus and the surrounding Pittsburgh community.  The featured poet for the evening will be William Evans of Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective/Steel City Slam, please visit

There will be no classes after 12:30pm on January 20.
All events are free and open to members of both the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities.
For more information contact, 412-268-2075.