Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Celebration -Orientation & First-Year Programs - Carnegie Mellon University

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events for 2015


International Perspectives

“Revisiting Haiti:  5 Years Later"

1.    Soup & Substance:  a storytelling event
Monday, January 12
6 pm
Rangos 3, Cohon University Center

Join local journalists, human rights advocates and community volunteers as they share stories from Haiti before and after the 2010 earthquake.  The program aim is to reflect on the power of media and storytelling as a means of social change.  This event is in partnership with the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.  Soup and warm bread will be served.

RSVP for Dinner:    http://tinyurl.com/RevisitingHaiti

2.    Is Haiti Hopeless?:  Intercollegiate Academic Debate  (NEW DATE)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6 pm

Connan Room, Cohon University Center

(Due to scheduling conflicts, the event date has been changed from January 28 to February 24.  Please view the new time, date & location)

A intercollegiate, academic debate challenging the brightest minds in Pittsburgh. Professors and students from CMU, Pitt, Duquesne, and Chatham square off in a rigorous academic debate to answer some of the most controversial questions in human rights and global affairs.

Debate questions regarding the Role of Haiti as the “Republic of NGO’s”
•    Is foreign aid helping or hurting Haiti? Or will Haiti always rely on the help of foreign aid?
•    Does the United States have a responsibility to help others before helping itself?

3.    HAS Benefit Concert
Friday, January 30
7 pm
Rangos Ballroom, Cohon University Center

Drive impact by fundraising for a local nonprofit working in Haiti.  The local student band Memphis Hill, The Originals, and others will lend their singing talents to raise funds for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS), a 24/7, full-service nonprofit hospital in rural Haiti founded in 1956 by a local Pittsburgher, Larry Mellon.

4.    Delivering Hope to Haiti
Wednesday, February 4
6 pm
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

Join as a panel of community leaders discusses the role of cutting-edge innovations in delivering real, high-impact solutions to Haiti's greatest challenges, as well as in the developing world.


National & Local Perspectives

“The Million Man March—The Untold Story”

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Saturday, January 17
4-6 pm
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center
Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization

Colors@CMU

An Interactive Diversity Experience       

Monday, January 19
12:00-2:30 pm
Rangos 3

Start your year off by joining us for engaging discussions and experiential activities about diversity.  Special Guest panelists include David Kosbie, Meg Evans, Susana Stephen, Barbara Litt, Leonardo Vuocola, Gizelle Sherwood and many more.  All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

Colors@CMU Event Poster

Arts Greenhouse Writing Workshop

Monday, January 19

2– 4pm (Time Change)

Studio for Creative Inquiry, CFA Building 1st Floor

The ArtsGreenhouse is a music education outreach program facilitated by Carnegie Mellon Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry.  All are welcome to join in this afternoon workshop featuring the development of music and prose exploring the relevance of MLK to Pittsburgh youth.  Campus faculty & staff are encouraged to bring your teenage son or daughter to this workshop to learn more about this program and how your family can get involved.

If you are interested in volunteering at this workshop, please contact Paul Crocker, Arts Greenhouse Coordinator at paulcrocker88@gmail.com or call 412.913.5555.

PACE MLK Service Project

Monday, January 19
2:30 pm
Connan Room, Cohon University Center

Join PACE as we pack 150 bagged lunches for Light of Life Rescue Mission and discuss the social issues surrounding hunger and homelessness. Light of Life has been housing and feeding homeless individuals in Pittsburgh since 1952 and these bagged lunches will be distributed to their clients. Later in the week, volunteers will have the option to learn more about Light of Life by touring the facility and eating dinner at the mission. For more information contact Kristine Kengor at kkengor@andrew.cmu.edu.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards 2015      

Monday, January 19
4:30-6 pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom 1-3

Local high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will 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.  Musical performances will be featured from the School of Drama and various multicultural student performance groups.

RSVP at this link: MLK Writing Awards 15

The Race Card Project           

Beginning January 19
Wean Commons, Cohon University Center
The Race Card Project created by Michele Norris encourages people to condense their observations and experiences about race into one sentence with just Six Words.  The CMU version will allow students, faculty, staff and alumni to contribute their experiences.

Light of Life Rescue Mission Tour: Friday, January 23, 2014 2:30 pm  

Join PACE as we get an in depth tour of the Light of Life Rescue Mission and the work that they do to serve the homeless population in Pittsburgh. 

We will leave campus at 2:30 pm on Friday, January 23rd. Please meet in the Morewood Gardens lobby where we will arrange transportation. 

RSVP at https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/59397

Light of Life Rescue Mission is a Christian mission that has been in existence since 1952. They provide housing to homeless individuals and run a hot meal program in addition to providing many other services to Pittsburgh’s homeless population. To learn more visit www.lightoflight.org.

MLK Day of Service 2015: January 24, 2015 9:00 am

Please join us for the annual MLK Day of Service on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 9:00 am until noon. Participants will meet in the CUC Peter/Wright room and will be sent off to service sites around the Pittsburgh area. 

To register for the MLK Day of Service please visit https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/59400

For questions contact pace@andrew.cmu.edu.


“Rise" the Mic

MLK Spoken Word Late Night
Saturday, January 24
Rangos 3, Cohon University Center

As a late night event for the January Celebration of Diversity Weekend, this showcase will feature spoken word and musical artists from our campus and surrounding Pittsburgh community.  Featured artist will include local high school students from the ArtsGreenhouse initiative and many more.  This event is sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization, SPIRIT, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs

Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series

MLK Keynote Speaker 2015               

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Monday, January 26
12:30 pm
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center

Learn more about Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and the Simon Initiative Distinguished Lecture Series

MLK & Spirituality

Wednesday, January 28
12-1:15 pm
Connan Room, Cohon University Center

Break bread with local Pittsburgh spiritual & religious leaders for an engaging conversation about the legacy of Dr. King as a spiritual guide for social change.   Light Refreshments will be served.

“BLACKOUT”                   

An Artistic Forum Showcasing Social & Racial Injustices   

Frame Gallery located at the corner of Margaret Morrison & Forbes Avenue
January 30-February 20

Blackout is a show focused on the racial and social injustice prevalent in our society. The multimedia works being shown are created by Carnegie Mellon students from a diversity of disciplines who all desire to make a statement and impact within their larger community.   Student curators for the show are Maya Kaisth (mkaisth@andrew.cmu.edu) and Jarel Grant  (jggrant@andrew.cmu.edu).

Opening Night Reception:    Friday, January 30 from 6-8 pm

Forum on Racial Profiling   

Thursday, February 5
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center
6 pm

Racial profiling. A contentious subject in America.  However, there is often confusion about what it is, how it occurs, and why it occurs.  Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the multi-faceted issue of racial profiling.  Topics include the origin of racial profiling, legislation surrounding the profiling, and what Pittsburgh is doing as a community to combat these events.

“I, too am Carnegie Mellon”             

February 6, 2014
Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall
4:30 pm Reception & Panel Talk will begin at 5 pm

As the first event for Black History Month and inspired by the #itooamharvard campaign from 2014, this engaging conversation will focus on students, faculty and staff discussing their experiences at Carnegie Mellon, living in the Pittsburgh community and beyond .  The Pittsburgh community moderator for the panel is Dr. Darius Prier, Assistant Professor at the School of Education at Duquesne University. For more information, please contact Millard McElwee (mmcelwee@andrew.cmu.edu) or M. Shernell Smith (mssmith@andrew.cmu.edu).

Book Reading with Lunch/Dinner Discussion

Death of a King:  The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year by Tavis Smiley


Monday, February 16, 2014 at 12 noon
Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at 5 pm

Beginning on Tuesday, January 20 a limited number of copies of the book will be made available for campus community members to read and commit to participate in a dialogue about what kind of man did MLK Jr. become during his final year of life.  Tavis Smiley describes Dr. King as “America’s greatest democratic public intellectual.”  To receive a copy of the book, please RSVP to this link or contact directly M. Shernell Smith at mssmith@andrew.cmu.edu

Monday, January 19, 2015 is a University Holiday.  There will be no classes on this day.

All events are free and open to members of both the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh communities.

For more information, please call 412.268.2075 the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.