Concordia Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Concordia College Student Government Association announces the schedule of activities celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17. The Concordia community will address societal issues and cultural awareness by examining King’s legacy and its effect on the world today.

All events at this annual celebration are free and open to the public. Most events are located in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center except where noted.

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:40 a.m. “How Relevant is Gandhi to Today’s World? A Study of Contemporary India”– Sudhir Selvaraj ’11

9:50-10:20 a.m. Chapel

10:30-11:40 a.m. Keynote: “A Deeper Black: The Meaning of Race in the Age of Obama”– Ta-Nehisi Coates

11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. “Invisible Children” Video and Discussion (The Maize)

1:20-2:30 p.m. Keynote: “Dr. King’s Dream”– Mixed Blood Theatre

2:40-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: “What is Religious Pluralism?” – Kaitlin Weis ’11 and Todd Schuldt ’11 (Centrum)
Session 2: “More than Rosa Parks: Women in the Civil Rights Movement:” – Women’s Studies Program (Morrie Jones Suites A/B)
Session 3: “Does ‘Fair’ Mean ‘Equal,’ and is ‘Equal’ Always ‘Fair?’” — Education Department (Jones 212)
Session 4: “Inside Invisible Children: A Concordia BREW Experience” – Kelsey Corbin ’09 (Morrie Jones Suites C/D)

8:00-9:30 p.m. M.anifest


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a young author and editor specializing in black history and politics. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Time. In his presentation, Coates will address complex and current issues, such as asking what “black culture” truly means.

Based out of Minneapolis, Mixed Blood Theatre uses theater as a means of illustrating social issues and calling for change. “Dr. King’s Dream” is one of the group’s traveling productions that incorporates Martin Luther King Jr.’s books, sermons and letters. The production will be followed by an interactive discussion period to further engage students.

Born in Accra, Ghana, M.anifest is a socially-conscious recording artist, performer and emcee. He now resides in the Twin Cities and is currently completing a project titled “Coming to America: Immigrant Chronicles.”