Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 16, 2012.  Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty, and staff will remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a variety of activities focused on service, reflection, and celebration. Select your region below to view the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities in your area.


Martin Luther King Jr Birthday
A Day On, Not a Day Off
January 21st, 2013


Monroe County Library
The children's department of the Monroe County Public Library will be hosting our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of children's festivities to honor King and to promote tolerance in our community. This event features children's movies and books about King and his ideals, and Nur Festivals provides crafts and other activities that promote peace and justice.

Volunteers are needed to help make this fun and educational event run smoothly. Please arrive around 9:45am, be comfortable working with kids in a somewhat loud and chaotic environment. Dress is casual but should be modest and not include advertising, controversial, or religious symbols. Volunteers may be as young as 13 when accompanied by a parent. 

Time: 9:45am – 12pm

303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN  47408

Pets Alive

Pets Alive has reduced the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for residents in Crestmont neighborhoods and Stinesville. These targeted areas have high relinquish and intakes rates at the Bloomington Animal Shelter. Funding from ASPCA has allowed us to reduce the cost of surgery to $5 for a cat or dog, including the state required rabies vaccine.

Volunteers will assist in spreading the word by hanging door hangers on 2,000 homes throughout the communities. Volunteers will meet at the clinic on Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. to receive their map and door hangers and then disperse into the community. Volunteers can work in groups.

Time: 9am – 11am (approximate)

2444 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

Habitat ReStore
The Monroe County Habitat ReStore is a discount home improvement store that sells quality new and like-new furniture, building materials, and more. ReStore’s inventory comes from accepting donations from individuals, companies, and other organizations. 100% of proceeds from ReStore sales support Habitat for Humanity’s work in Monroe County.

Habitat ReStore will have a group of Ivy Tech volunteers from 10am – 2pm doing everything from skilled electrical work to sorting book donations. Minimum age with a parent is 15. 

Time: 10am – 2pm (entire shift is not required)

2450 S. Henderson St
Bloomington, IN 47401

Pages to Prisoners
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all-volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States. By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to promote rehabilitation and reintegration rather than punishment, and to stimulate critical thinking behind bars.

Volunteers will be reading letters and filling requests from inmates around the states who are requesting books. Volunteers are also needed to package items to be shipped.

Time: 6pm – 8pm

118 S. Rogers Suite #2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
The Diversity Learning Community invites you to join us in a Day of Service to support, Outreach Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps homeless youth in Indianapolis. The Day of Service, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the North Meridian Center, Room 438.   Members of the campus community are invited to volunteer their time to assemble care packages and make “no sew scarves” or to donate new socks, power or granola bars, and toiletry items. Refreshments will be served to volunteers.

The Office of Student Life and Development invites the campus community to The Race Off, a live, multimedia and heavy musical beat-entrenched audience interaction program based on Teja Arboleda’s wildly successful, national touring video, RaceOff. Arboleda challenges the audience to wipe away assumptions about racial identity and jump start a cultural revolution that will turn the word race in to a four-letter word! The main feature of RaceOff is a video which 'morphs between 13 faces so slowly that you can’t tell the difference between them. Arboleda then takes the audience on a charged tour of the history of racial categories, the impact of race in society and the future of identity.  The event will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the North Meridian Center, Room 438.

Be a donor. Particpate in the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 11: 30 AM until 4:00 PM in room 330A on the Columbus campus.

Students are invited to attend the seminar DIVERSITY and INCLUSION 2.0!  Leadership for the 21st Century, on Friday, January 20, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 Pm in room 200. This seminar asks, “Are you a nice person?” and explores the idea that even nice people can be exclusive. This seminar offers a fresh perspective on leadership through the topics of inclusion, individual perspectives, and respect.  It is sure to change the way you look at your relationships, at home, work, and school.  Presented by Anna Droste-Glowinski, Coordinator of Student Life, Indiana University Purdue University – Columbus.

On January 28, 2012, take part in “Empty Bowl”, a fundraising event to benefit area food banks.  Students, faculty, and staff volunteers are needed for this event.  Sponsored by the United Way of Bartholomew County and area churches.  The event will take place at 5:30 PM at Central Middle School, located at 725 7th Street.

Be a donor! Participate in the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, on the Franklin Campus. (Mobile unit)

Throughout the week of January 15, the campus community will have the opportunity to view a display about Martin Luther King Jr. including a timeline of his life and information about the National Martin Luther King Electronic Network.  Also, the Library will have Martin Luther King Jr. books on display.

East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie, New Castle)
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the East Central Regional Diversity Committee is sponsoring a canned and other non-perishable food drive.  Personal Care items (toothpaste, shampoo, skin lotion, etc.) will be accepted as well. Collected items will be donated to food pantries in each of the communities that our campuses are located.  Below is a list of our drop-off locations:

Muncie Cowan Rd. Campus- Office of Human Resources (Farrah Harvey)

Muncie Fisher Campus- Front Desk (Sally Naylor)

Muncie Patterson- Dean’s Reception Area (Delena Main)

Anderson 53rd St Campus- School of Nursing (Octavia Thorns-Jackson)

Anderson Ebbert- Front Desk (Melanie Lashbrook)

Marion Campus- Student Affairs (Diana Embree)

New Castle- Front Desk (Rebeca Jessee)


The Muncie campus will have “Dream Boards” throughout campus on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, for students to write down and share their dreams.  This is in honor of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  There will be a board placed in the Fisher, Patterson, NIC and SIC buildings from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  These boards will be displayed throughout the month for everyone to see what our student body’s dreams are.  Students are also encouraged to share their dreams on the East Central Ivy Tech Facebook page.

Students on the Marion campus will be reading aloud and analyzing the famous “I Have a Dream” speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. followed by a roundtable discussion focusing on the theme “Is the Dream Still Relevant Today?”  This will take place on Friday, January 20 at 1:30PM, 3:00PM and 4:00PM.  On January 12 and 17, 2012, PBS film “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” will be shown in room 165 from 12:00 PM-1:00PM.  There will be a discussion afterwards.

Students are invited to attend the 12:00 PM day program on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Paramount Theatre, in Anderson, with a reception immediately following.  The guest speaker with be Judge Rudy Pyle.

Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport, Wabash)

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of peace, unity and service, Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will host Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor. She will share her uplifting and inspiring story with the community as part of Ivy Tech’s Doing the Dream: A Cultural Celebration, a week-long celebration of events celebrating diversity. Kor will be speaking on topics such as “Preventing Prejudice” and “Forgiving Dr. Mengele.” These events are free and open to the public.

Kor is a Holocaust survivor, advocate and public speaker. She has given over 2500 lectures since 1977 to schools, universities, conferences, synagogues, civic groups and medical organizations. Kor is also the founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, a center dedicated to educating people about her story. She has appeared in many national and worldwide media publications and programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Larry King LIVE, Canadian Broadcasting Network, 20/20, The New York Times, and PARADE Magazine. More information about her biography can be found here:

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Ivy Tech Community College

Alumni Hall – Kokomo campus

6 to 7 p.m. (6:15 start time)

Presentation on Forgiving Dr. Mengele, followed by book signing

Open to the public

Thursday, Jan. 19

Ivy Tech Community College

Community Room – Logansport campus

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presentation on Forgiving Dr. Mengele, followed by book signing

Open to the public

Ivy Tech Community College

Psi Iota Xi Auditorium – Peru Campus

3 to 4 p.m.

Workshop on Preventing Prejudice, followed by book signing

Open to the public

African American Celebration

Friday, January 13

4pm-8pm, Ivy Hall

You are invited to attend the African American Celebration on Friday, January 13, 2012, in Ivy Hall from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Experience African American culture through song, dance, art and spoken word.  Enjoy performances by local choirs, dance troops and Beautiful Soul. Artist Derrick Burnett will be showcasing original works of art created for this event.  Sadie Harper-Scott, president of the Lafayette NAACP will be giving the keynote address. You will also have the opportunity to listen to local poets, and sample soul food! Soul food samples are being donated by D&R BBQ and Catering, while dessert will be donated by Catering by Debbie.

For more information contact the Student Life Office.

North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)
Activities to be announced soon.
Northeast (Fort Wayne)

Future events to be announced at a later date.

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Students are invited to participate in the regional Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest!  To enter, students should submit an essay or poem focused on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Submissions are limited to 150 words or less.  Essays or poems can be experiential or focus on a particular event, date, object or idea that is related to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Students should also submit a YouTube video with their interpretation of their essay or poem.  The videos will be posted and the campus community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites via FaceBook.  Send your submission to Iris Sanchez at by Friday, January 27, 2012, at 5:00 PM. 

In addition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech can be viewed on campus televisions throughout the day.

Richmond (Connersville, Richmond)

Southeast Indiana (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
MLK I Have a Dream, but Are We Still Living His Dream?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Madison Campus  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lawrenceburg Campus

The campus community is invited to watch and listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous I Have a Dream speech and then participate in a discussion. The discussion will focus on whether we are still living and striving for his dream or if that dream has changed with a new generation.

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
Activities to be announced soon.
Southwest (Evansville, Princeton, Tell City)
Service Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year brings a new dimension to our observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as we join colleges and universities across the nation in focusing our efforts on service to the community. We are pleased to announce three different ways that YOU can participate in the Service Week:

1) Join a team of volunteers to help carry out a pre-arranged service project. To review all the possibilities and register, go to the Service Week link on Campus Connect!  A few of the non-profit agencies that you will see listed are the Evansville Association for the Blind, Lampion Center, Evansville ARC, Make A Wish Foundation, YWCA, and St. Vincent’s Center for Children and Families.

2) Form a team of volunteers and create your own service project. All teams will need a Team Advisor, who must be an Ivy Tech employee (faculty or staff). If you have already formed a team and need a Team Advisor, please call or e-mail Mary Murphy at ext. 406 (429-1406).

3) Register your individual volunteer efforts during the Service Week, by contacting Janice Perigo at ext. 410 (429-1410).

All registered participants will receive a custom Service Week t-shirt, a certificate of participation, and will be invited to participate in the Service Week wrap-up session that will include a pizza lunch!

Please help Ivy Tech Community College make a difference in our community by doing your part!

Wabash Valley (Greencastle, Terre Haute)
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Wabash Valley region is partnering with the City of Terre Haute Human Relations Commission for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Summit.  This event will be a workshop for Middle School and High School students and will be held at the Booker T. Washington Community Center on Monday, January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 8 AM  to 1:30 PM.  As a sponsor for the event, Ivy Tech is looking for volunteers to help assist with various activities, if you are interested, please contact the Human Resources Office at 812-298-2350 or 812-298-2349.