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 MLK Week 2019: The Fight Continues, Empowering our Community 

Mission

As an University serving students and alumni from 44 states and 117 countries, with 28.9 percent of its enrollment students of color and 15.9 percent international students, Binghamton University is committed to creating a campus community free from violence, hate and bias. The Binghamton University annual MLK Week will include events designed to foster inclusive community building and transformative learning opportunities that enhance Binghamton’s social and cultural impact. MLK Week aims to help Bearcats become more “world-wise” through engagement in and exploration of human and civil rights, forging connections with written and living history, and developing skills to become innovative change makers.

This year's MLK Week theme is "The Fight Continues, Empowering Our Community". Dr. King's legacy lives on as we continue to fight for social and economic equality. From electing the first Native Woman to congress to DREAMERs to #MeToo, the rich diversity of the US is amplified and celebrated as we continue to unite to push our society forward. Through participation in MLK Week and engagement on campus, we encourage all Bearcats to think critically and creatively, and act boldly and courageously to help find solutions to problems big and small.

Sponsors

MLK Series was founded by the Multicultural Resource Center and is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement; Dean of Students; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development; the Glenn G. Bartle Library; the Hinman College Public Service Learning Community; the Binghamton University Music Department; the Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initiatives; the Student Association Vice President of Multicultural Affairs; and the Cultural Presidents Council, made up of at least one student leader from each of the recognized cultural organizations, the Graduate Student Organization chartered cultural groups, cultural fraternities and sororities, and Student Organization Recognition Committee chartered cultural groups.

 

Schedule of Events

 Jan. 21Jan. 22Jan. 23Jan. 24 | Jan. 25

*signature MLK week event

 

Events for Monday, Jan. 21

MLK Jr Day of Service Banner Image

Monday, Jan. 21 • 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. • Various locations
MLK Jr. Day of Service 2019*
"Make it a day on" by signing up to participate in the 2019 MLK Day of Service and make an impact in the local community. Service projects are available and open to current students, faculty, staff and administrators on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments and transportation will be provided.

  • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Service Project 1, 2 and 3: Help Seniors one-on-one to learn how to use social media apps on their devices. The basics on enhancing their use of technology. No advanced knowledge needed on part of the volunteers. Projects will take place at Senior Center of Western Broome County (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), Johnson City Senior Center (10:00 a.m.-noon), and Good Shepherd Village at Endwell (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.).  For more information, please contact Hinman College Collegiate Professor, Al Vos (avos@binghamton.edu). Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.- Service Project 4: Tri Cities Opera (up to 10 volunteers) - Volunteers will help a professional costume designer in organizing the Tri Cities Opera costume inventory.  Sign up by Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Service Project 5: Center for Technology & Innovation (up to 20 volunteers) - Volunteers can expect to help with various projects such as cleaning and hanging a large vintage wooden railroad sign, unfolding and filing a set of fragile folded drawings of the Apollo Simulator, dusting artifacts and shelves, and indexing and filing piano rolls. Volunteers should dress casually, in clothing they wouldn’t mind getting dirty, and bring bottled water and work gloves if they have them.  The Center for Technology & Innovation is located at 321 Water St., Binghamton. Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Service Project 6: The Discovery Center (up to 10 volunteers) - Volunteers will help supervise crafts, games and activities for children. Volunteers should dress casually, in clothing they wouldn’t mind getting dirty, and bring bottled water.  The Discovery Center is located at 60 Morgan Rd., Binghamton. Sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Event is co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Cultural Presidents Council, Hinman College, Multicultural Resource Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Binghamton Chapter, Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initiatives, Student Association and United Way of Broome County.
Point of contact: Jayne Godette, MRC graduate assistant  •  jgodett1@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

Monday, Jan. 21 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Watson and Career Alumni Connections Lobby, AA-101
MLK Interactive Display

Come add to the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office's MLK Day display! Add your response to questions prompted by some of Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and watch the display grow all week long! Students can add their responses during regular business hours throughout the week.

Point of contact: Maureen Van Deusen, event specialist  •  mvandeus@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4573

Monday, Jan. 21 • 10:30 a.m; 1:30; 4;30; 5:00; 5:30 p.m. • Glenn G. Bartle Library
Bartle Library Tours

Start your semester off strong by getting to know the Binghamton University Libraries! Join us for a tour of Bartle Library where you’ll learn about the wide array of library resources and services available to you as a student at Binghamton. Tours meet in the lobby of Bartle Library and last about 45 minutes.

Point of contact: Megan Benson, DEI diversity fellow  •  mbenson@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4803

Monday, Jan. 21 • 7:30 p.m. • Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Dream...continued*

The Music Department presents DREAM...continued featuring the Binghamton promotional poster for Dream...continuedUniversity Treble Chorus, BU Gospel Choir, Dzdifeo Africa Choir, Nukporfe Dance and Drumming Ensemble, members of Mu Phi Epsilon and community dancers in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life work and his role in the advancement of social justice, civil rights, and championing non-violent conflict resolution and tolerance worldwide.

Tickets for the performance are $10 general public, $7 faculty/staff/seniors/alumni and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from 11am - 5pm weekdays, by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at anderson.binghamton.edu, or at the door day of performance

Point of contact: René Neville, assistant to the chair, Music  •  rnevillea@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6969

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Events for Tuesday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 22 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Watson and Career Alumni Connections Lobby, AA-101
MLK Interactive Display

Come add to the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office's MLK Day display! Add your response to questions prompted by some of Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and watch the display grow all week long! Students can add their responses during regular business hours throughout the week.

Point of contact: Maureen Van Deusen, event specialist  •  mvandeus@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4573

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Events for Wednesday, Jan. 23

Wednesday, Jan. 23 • 5:30-8:30 p.m. • MRC Lounge, LS-G500
Way Back Wednesday: Marshall Film Screening

Join the Multicultural Resource Center and Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society for a marshall film postermovie night featuring "Marshall". Starring Chadwick Boseman, Marshall focuses on an early criminal case of civil rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. He served as the lead defense attorney in the the 1940 trial of Joseph Spell, a black chauffeur falsely accused of raping Eleanor Strubing, the wife of his wealthy employer. The film will be followed by civil rights trivia and discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Point of contact: Jayne Godette, MRC graduate assistant • jgodett1@binghamton.edu • 607-777-4472

Wednesday, Jan. 23 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Watson and Career Alumni Connections Lobby, AA-101
MLK Interactive Display

Come add to the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office's MLK Day display! Add your response to questions prompted by some of Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and watch the display grow all week long! Students can add their responses during regular business hours throughout the week.

Point of contact: Maureen Van Deusen, event specialist  •  mvandeus@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4573

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Events for Thursday, Jan. 24

Thursday, Jan. 24 • 3 p.m.-5 p.m. • UU- Old Union Hall
Monumental: the Fight Lives on - featuring Dr. Wes Bellamy*

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Udiversity Educational Institute invites you to attend Monumental: The Fight Lives On, a book signing and talk with Dr. Wes Bellamy.

Dr. Wes Bellamy, City Councilman in Charlottesville, VA and Political Science Professor at Virginia State University is known for his commitment to fighting for racial and social justice. He came into the national spotlight after helping to lead the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from city parks in Charlottesville and opposition to the Unite the Right white supremacy rally in his community. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, NPR and On One with Angela Rye.

In building on the work and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Bellamy will join the Binghamton University community as part of MLK week in providing a dialogue on his book, "Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue". He will share his experiences and ideas on ways to improve and build campus and community cultural relationships.

Event is co-sponsored by Residential Life, the Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer, the Binghamton University Chapter of NAACP and the Black Student Union.

Point of contact: Lea Webb, DEI diversity educator •  lwebb@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

Thursday, Jan. 24 • 4:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. • Glenn G. Bartle Library
Bartle Library Tours

Start your semester off strong by getting to know the Binghamton University Libraries! Join us for a tour of Bartle Library where you’ll learn about the wide array of library resources and services available to you as a student at Binghamton. Tours meet in the lobby of Bartle Library and last about 45 minutes.

Point of contact: Megan Benson, DEI diversity fellow  •  mbenson@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4803

Thursday, Jan. 24 • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. • Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, UU-133
Empowerment at Work: Pathways to Promote Inclusivity and Diversity*

Stop by  to meet the staff and hear about steps you can take to empower yourself in your career exploration during the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development Welcome Back Open House from 5:15-6pm.

Following the Open House, join the Fleishman Center from 6-7 p.m. for an intimate panel discussion with local professionals about the current practices and programs within their offices that promote diversity and inclusion. 

Speakers include:

  • Lockheed Martin: African American Council for Excellence ERG
  • BAE Systems: African American Council for Excellence ERG
  • Corning, Inc.: Black Technology Network ERG and Corning Professional Network ERG

Learn about:

  • How ERGs empower employees and offer leadership opportunities
  • Showcasing diversity throughout the application process
  • Finding employers that value and support diversity

Take advantage of a great opportunity to network with current professionals and get your employment questions answered.  Event is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC).

Point of contact: Erin Wise, career counselor  •  ewise@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4274

Thursday, Jan. 24 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Watson and Career Alumni Connections Lobby, AA-101
MLK Interactive Display

Come add to the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office's MLK Day display! Add your response to questions prompted by some of Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and watch the display grow all week long! Students can add their responses during regular business hours throughout the week.

Point of contact: Maureen Van Deusen, event specialist  •  mvandeus@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4573

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Events for Friday, Jan. 25

display of zines

Friday, Jan. 25 •  1-4 p.m. • UU- Old Union Hall
Zero Discrimination: Zine Challenge*

Learn how to make a zine and use your new skills to enter the Zine Challenge contest!

What's a zine you ask? A zine is a self-published book or booklet with a small self-distributed print run. They are usually outside the mainstream and created by people who have something to say! Check out the Zine Library at SUNY New Paltz for a true Zine experience.

Snacks and supplies provided. Hundreds of dollars in prizes to be awarded!

Event is hosted by the Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Officer, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Q Center, and the Student Association Vice President of Multicultural Affairs.

Point of contact: Dr. Kelly Clark, Q Center director  •  clarkk@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6028

Friday, Jan. 25 • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • Watson and Career Alumni Connections Lobby, AA-101
MLK Interactive Display

Come add to the Watson Career and Alumni Connections Office's MLK Day display! Add your response to questions prompted by some of Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and watch the display grow all week long! Students can add their responses during regular business hours throughout the week.

Point of contact: Maureen Van Deusen, event specialist  •  mvandeus@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4573

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Last Updated: 1/22/19