PNW hosts Martin Luther King Jr. events

January 20, 2019

HAMMOND AND WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites the Northwest Indiana community to celebrate diversity and inclusion through the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in two events on its Westville and Hammond campuses Jan. 21 and 22.

Michigan City native, Dr. Theo Williams will deliver the keynote presentation at both celebrations.

Williams has a passion for social justice issues having conducted extensive research on topics related to Dr. King’s vision. He developed and facilitated his first national conference workshop on racial reconciliation in 1998. He has spoken nationally and internationally.

An associate professor of communications at Bethel College and an ordained minister, Williams earned his doctorate in Communication from Regent University and a master’s in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His academic focus is on the role of communication within the process of racial reconciliation, intercultural competence and cross-cultural relationships.

“This is the twenty-fourth year of bringing the surrounding communities together to recognize the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we continue to pursue Dr. King’s vision of justice and equality for all,” said Laura Odom, associate director of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion and committee co-chair.

PNW will host the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Monday. The program will take place in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex (DSAC), Great Hall, on the Westville Campus. The complex is located at 1401 South U.S. 421. The doors open at 8 a.m.

A program honoring Dr. King will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday in the Student Union & Library, Alumni Hall, at the Hammond Campus, 2233 173rd St. The doors open at 10 a.m. A reception will be held following Dr. Williams’ speech.

The events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and may be reserved at www.pnw.edu/MLK-celebration.

Karen Bishop-Morris, interim dean of the Honors College at PNW, will serve as emcee and musical entertainment will be provided by PNW student Casey “C.J. Musique” Baker.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. invites guests to bring pillowcases to be made into dresses and shirts to send to Haiti.

Premier sponsors include: Purdue University Northwest Multicultural Campus Council; NIPSCO; Horizon Bank. Gold sponsors include: Michigan City Human Rights Commission; Sinai Temple; Visit Michigan City La Porte Convention and Visitors Bureau. Silver sponsors include: 1st Source Bank; Unity Foundation. Bronze sponsors include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Sondra Craig; La Porte County NAACP; Life Changes, LLC; Michigan City Commission of the Social Status of African American Males.

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