Carnegie Mellon Celebrates MLK Day Jan. 20 | Jendayi Frazer To Deliver Keynote Address-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Celebrates MLK Day Jan. 20 | Jendayi Frazer To Deliver Keynote Address

Martin Luther KingMembers of the Pittsburgh community are invited to join Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20 2014. Frazer’s keynote will be live-webcasted Monday, January 20, 4:15-5:30pm EST.

Jendayi Frazer former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, will deliver a keynote address titled “Leading with Courage and Conviction.” Vijay Jayaram, a senior majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Millard McElwee, a junior majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering, will also speak.

Frazer is a distinguished public service professor at CMU’s H. John Heinz III College and director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation. She also is an adjunct senior fellow for Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Frazer served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from January 2001 until her swearing-in as the first woman U.S. Ambassador to South Africa in 2004. She was appointed U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in 2005 and served in that role until joining CMU’s faculty in 2009.

Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Carnegie Mellon UniversityThis year marks the 15th anniversary of CMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards. Jim Daniels, the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English, established the awards in 1999 and is among nominees for the CoroCenter for Civic Leadership’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards. A record 228 students from eight local high schools and four colleges and universities, including CMU, participated in this year’s contest. Winners will read personal narratives about dealing with racial difference and discrimination. The Department of English, Division of Student Affairs and Office of the President sponsor the awards.

Carnegie Mellon classes scheduled after 12:30 p.m. on Monday will be canceled to encourage student, faculty and staff participation. All events are free, open to the public and located in CMU’s University Center.

The following are event highlights. A full schedule is available at

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
President Subra Suresh’s Listening Tour on Diversity.
Rangos Ballroom, second floor

12:30–2 p.m.       
15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Awards Celebration and School of Drama Choral Tribute.
Rangos Ballroom, second floor

12:30–3 p.m.    
Children’s Programming, featuring the anti-bullying musical comedy “The Josh & Gab Show” by Pittsburgh-based performers Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso at 1:30 p.m. Other activities include sing-a-longs, book readings and art projects.
Connan Room and Wean Commons, first floor

2:30–3:30 p.m.   
Arts Greenhouse Hip-Hop Performance and Workshop
Teens from CMU’s Arts Greenhouse will share music and prose celebrating art and culture and exploring the relevance of Martin Luther King Jr. to Pittsburgh youth.
Kirr Commons, first floor

4:30 p.m. 

Keynote Address and Reception | Frazer’s keynote will be live-webcasted with link available Monday, January 20, 4:15-5:30pm EST

Student speakers: Vijay Jayaram and Millard McElwee, College of Engineering

Keynote speaker: Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Public Service Professor and Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation

Rangos Ballroom, second floor

8 p.m.
MLK Late Night: Transcending the Dream—Force Through Speech
Hosted by SPIRIT and the Pittsburgh Poetry Collaborative, this event will showcase spoken-word artists from CMU and the Pittsburgh community.
Skibo Café, second floor

Questions? Contact M. Shernell Smith, Assistant Director of the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, at or (412) 268-2075.