Events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Cornell College has a week of events to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled for Jan. 17 through 21, starting with an event on the Orange Carpet and a candlelight vigil on Monday.

Monday, Jan. 17

Cornell College celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Orange Carpet, The Commons, 11:30 a.m.
Faculty, staff, students, and guests will share how Dr. King influenced their lives. This event will also include spoken-word poetry and a reading of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Contact: Ken Morris Jr.,

MLK candlelight vigil
The Commons, 5 p.m.
Father Catherine Quehl-Engel and Reverend Richard Thomas will lead a candlelight vigil, participants are to gather near The Commons Info Desk. Everyone is invited to participate in this cherished tradition. Candles will be provided. Contact: Ken Morris Jr.,

Tuesday, January 18

Dr. Know It All

Hedges Conference Room, The Commons 6:30 p.m.

Do you have questions about African American culture? Ask Dr. Know It All! A panel of self-identified  students of color will use their personal experiences to offer insight into a series of commonly

pondered, but rarely asked questions. Contact: Claire Solak,

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Black Cornellians Expo
Orange Carpet, The Commons, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Information will be presented on African Americans who attended, graduated, and visited Cornell College during the 1920s and 1970s. This expo will allow attendees to better understand the struggles African Americans endured, and how their experiences can inspire and impact the college and society as a whole. Sponsored by Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO). Contact:  C’niphia Jones,

Thursday, Jan. 20

Performance by Ami Mattison

Shaw Lounge, The Commons, 7 p.m.

Mattison is a professional writer and performing artist specializing in the politics and poetics of being southern, colored, and queer. Through story-telling and poetry, she explores themes of racism, sexual violence, and homophobia. She will also offer a workshop on performance poetry Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m. Contact: Claire Solak,

Friday, Jan. 21

Free at Last
Orange Carpet, The Commons, 7-9 p.m.

A talent showcase and celebration of black culture through dance, song, and spoken word. The program is dedicated to the life, legacy, and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the program, there will be an all-campus dance party in the Rathskeller, with music provided by DJ Darius Ballard ’07. Sponsored by Cornell’s Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO). Contact: Audriana Logan,