University of Southern Indiana

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

MLK Jr Week

Monday, January 18, 2021

Virtual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Memorial Celebration Keynote Speaker: Dr. Talitha Washington
11 a.m. on YouTube Live

Washington, an Evansville native, is currently Professor of Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University and director of the Data Science Initiative for the Atlanta University Center Consortium. The first woman to be named a fellow by both the American Mathematical Society and the Association for Women in Mathematics in the same year, she is an in-demand speaker on the subjects of STEM education, diversity and mathematics.

Washington is a graduate of Bosse High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Spelman College and master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut, with study abroad experience in both Mexico and Costa Rica.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

USI Students Reflect on the Life and Legacy of Dr. King
11 a.m. CST on YouTube Premiere

The USI student reflection brings together some of the best student orators on campus to share their perspectives on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while incorporating this year’s theme, “The Fierce Urgency of Now!” Participants include students from Indiana and Illinois as well as international students.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

I Have a Dream Collaborative with Area High School Students
11 a.m. CST on YouTube Premiere

The power of oratory is often measured with the action that comes from the spoken words. For this special collaborative presentation, USI has partnered with local high school students from Harrison, North and Central high schools to recite selections from Dr. King’s speeches.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Civil Rights Panel Discussion with Community Leaders "Where Do We Go From Here?"
11 a.m. CST on Facebook Live

In the interest of promoting open and honest dialogue to foster positive change in the community, this panel discussion with local community leaders will cover the importance of the life and legacy of Dr. King as well as solutions that encompass his life’s work here in Evansville. Panelists include:

  • Adrian Brooks – Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church
  • Alexander Burton – OptIN Program Manager, Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation
  • Kelley Coures – Executive Director, Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development
  • Lori Sutton, Berry Global – Director, Corporate HR; Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion; and CEO, JADE Consulting
  • Melissa Morehead Moore – Public Servant and Life Coach
  • Moderator: Xavia Harrington-Chate – USI Instructor in English Education

Friday, January 22, 2021

Designed by Grace Ensemble Performance
11 a.m. on YouTube Premiere

USI’s Gospel Choir will present an ensemble performance of music chosen to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance will be recorded in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

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