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Martin Luther King Jr. Week

Join us from January 19 - 23, 2015, as we celebrate the legacy of  Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. helped us take great strides toward living his dream. It is now our responsibility to continue that progress.

Keynote Speakers

A picture of the MLK Keynote speaker Joyce Ladner, PhD
American Civil Rights activist and sociologist Joyce Ladner was mentored by Vernon Dahmer, Clyde Kennard, and Medgar Evers. Author and editor of seven books, Ladner has taught at Hunter College and Howard University.
A picture of the MLK student keynote speaker Kori Strother.
Kori is involved on campus in many ways. A captain on the women’s track and field team and co-vice president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, she is also a residential life community leader and a proud intern for LGBTQ Initiatives.


Monday, January 19
  • 8:00 a.m.
    Professional Development Program for College and University Public Safety and Police Personnel.
    Conference Room, O’Connor Campus Center

  • Noon
    Opening Ceremony - Featuring performances by the Colgate Thirteen and Mantiphondrakes; student keynote address by Kori Strother ’15; and remarks by Tom Bennett ’72, National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum.
    Colgate Memorial Chapel

  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Workshop: “Extending Civil Rights to Human Rights and the Consequences Thereof.” Led by Charles Banner-Haley.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room*

  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Workshop: “Stay Focused and Strong for Dr. King’s Dream.” Led by Engda Hagos.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room*
*Refreshments provided
Tuesday, January 20
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Presentation for Hamilton Central School students. Led by ALANA Student Ambassadors.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
  • 11:30 a.m.
    “The Language of the Unheard: Social Justice, Movement Building, and Dr. King’s Legacy.” A Brown Bag event featuring faculty and staff members.
    Center for Women’s Studies, East Hall
  • 3:00 p.m.
    Professional Development Program for College and University Public Safety and Police Personnel.
    Conference Room, O’Connor Campus Center
  • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    “Sorrow Song, Spirit Song, Freedom Song: African-American Affirmation in Music, Religion, Politics, and Community, from Slavery to Civil Rights.” Musical performance by Chris Vecsey, Putter Cox, and Adger Williams, with special guests from the Sojourners.
    Memorial Chapel basement
Wednesday, January 21
  • 4:00 p.m.
    “Fighting for Your Rights: Civil Rights Movements Across the World.” A Brown Bag event featuring an international student panel.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
  • 5:00 p.m.
    Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent. Movie screening followed by discussion and dinner.
    ALANA Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Thursday, January 22
  • 11:30 a.m.
    “Civil Resistance and Coalition Building.” COVE Brown Bag event with students Kori Strother ’15, Melissa Melendez ’14, Natasha Torres ’15, and Kristi Carey ’15.
    207 Lathrop
  • 4:30 p.m.
    “Freedom Summer and Beyond: The Roles of Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement.” Keynote Address by Dr. Joyce Ladner.
    Colgate Memorial Chapel
Friday, January 23
  • 12:15 p.m.
    COVE Afternoon of Service led by Janet Liang, COVE Program Coordinator and Team Adviser.
    Donovan’s Pub, James C. Colgate Student Union

Campus App

Find the complete MLK Week schedule, and speaker information on the Colgate Mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices:

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Drea Finley Keynote - MLK Week 2013