Friday, January 13, 2017

Michigan Tech to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 16

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. poster courtesy Michigan Technological University.

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Technological University will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Again this year Michigan Tech students will read stories about Dr. King to elementary students in local schools.

The 28th Annual MLK Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. This year's keynote speaker is Robert Scott. Dr. Scott is the director of the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach at the University of Michigan.

Tickets for the banquet are free but registration is required. While tickets for the banquet are currently all reserved, check with Zach Rubinstein at 906-487-1195 or email him at zlrubins@mtu.edu since seats often open up.

The theme for the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. banquet is Strength In Community. Following the banquet, at 8 p.m., all are welcome to attend an open community discussion on ways to understand, build and develop strength and community. Bucky Beach, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Houghton, will lead the discussion based on the following:

In 1967-1968 King wrote a book called Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? That question can continue to guide us. Phrasing it differently, how do we go from here at this time in America? How are we "strong?" How are we "community?" How do we listen to, and be heard by, those who are ideologically different? What are our guiding principles?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are sponsored by Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

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