Carnegie Mellon University

Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Schedule of Events 2019

MLK Keynote Lecture 2019

"Race, Inequality & the American Democracy"

Dr. Khalil Muhammad

Monday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. 
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium

Dr. Muhammad is a professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  His research and scholarship examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequity and criminal justice in modern U.S. History.

Sponsored by the President's Office, University Lecture Series, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and Dietrich College Humanities Scholars Program

"I Have a Dream": Children's Programming

Monday, January 21, 1 p.m - 2:30 p.m.

Cohon University Center, Kirr Commons

Students from Pittsburgh's Linden K-5 school will unveil an art display about the life and social impact of Dr. King. Musical selections and short monologues will also be featured. All members of the campus, their families and the local  community are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will follow the presentations.

Children's Programming - all children present will also receive a special educational activities booklet about the life & legacy of Dr. King.

The 20th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr Writing Awards 

Monday, January 21, 4:30 p.m. reception, 5:00 p.m. program

Cohon University Center, Rangos Ballroom

Join us in celebrating the 20th Annual MLK Writing Awards.  High school and university award recipients will read from thier personal narratives addressing individual experiences with racial difference and discrimination. To learn more about the awards and this year's featured winners, please visit the Department of English website. The writing awards and celebration are sponsored by the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

The celebration will also feature musical and artistic performances by students from Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts.  

MLK Days of Service
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, Cohon University Center

Please join fellow CMU community members for a signature service project focusing on challenges facing the homeless.  The bagged lunch project will benefit the Light of Life Rescue Mission’s Emergency Shelter Program.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm, Danforth Lounge, Cohon University Center

University volunteers will engage in projects throughout the city over the course of the day.  The program will begin with a light breakfast prior to departure.

MLK Interfaith Breakfast

Friday, January 25, 8:30 a.m. breakfast, 9 a.m. program

Cohon University Center, Rangos 

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the Carnegie Mellon community are invited to an informal breakfast with campus and community interfaith leaders followed by fellowship and conversation about the life and legacy of Dr. King through the lens of faith, activism and social justice. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the featured dialogue scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

RSVP for the breakfast 

Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit 

Saturday, January 26, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Center for Student Diversity Inclusion will provide free registration for a limited number of students to attend this hallmark Pittsburgh community conversation. The summit features panels, workshops and interactive dialogues aimed at coalition building toward eradicting racism. For 21 years, this event has brought together thousands of people to find ways to collaborate in the struggle against racism, to work to eliminate police brutality and to build bridges among our communities.

For more information about the summit, please visit pittsburghracialjusticesummit.org

If you are interested in being a CMU student attendee, please sign up at the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit .

Featured Lecture Black Male Summit 2019:  Dr. Derrick R. Brooms

Author of "Empowering Men of Color on Campus:  Building Student Community in Higher Education"

Friday, February 1,  4:30 p.m.
Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium

Dr. Derrick Brooms is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. ​Dr. Brooms’ research and activism focuses on educational equity, race, racism and identity development. 

Diversity Talk Series: Neurodiversity

Tuesday, February 5, Noon-1pm
Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Main Common Area

Facilitated by Cori Frazer, LSW, from the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy : The Neurodiversity Movement takes a critical look at the way patterns of power and oppression affect people with atypical minds. This conversation will explore the ways that neuronormativity and ableism go beyond slurs to actual violence and oppression and the ways neurodivergent people have pushed back. Join Cori to discuss the history, present, and future of this growing movement.

CAUSE Lecture:  Dr. Daina Ramey Berry

“Soul Values & American Slavery”

Friday, February 8, 4:00 Reception, 5:00 lecture
Tepper Quad, Simmons Auditorium A

Dr. Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsored by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Envieronmental Engineering and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

University Lecture Series & MLK Keynote Lecture 2019:  Dr. Khalil Muhammad

"Race, Inequality & the American Democracy"

Monday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. 

Cohon University Center, McConomy Auditorium

Dr. Muhammad is a professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  His research and scholarship examines the broad intersections of race, democracy, inequity and criminal justice in modern U.S. History.

Sponsored by the President's Office, University Lecture Series, Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and Dietrich College Humanities Scholars Program

Diversity Talk Series: Trans/Non-Binary Experience

Tuesday, February 12, Noon-1pm
Cohon University Center, Dowd

Facilitated by Coley Alston from Persad Center, Inc. Coley Alston will be leading an introductory exploration of the transgender and non-binary experience. This discussion will cover basic terminology and practical applications in being supportive and respectful toward transgender and non-binary people. Coley Alston [Master of Public Health, Pitt ‘14] serves Queer and Trans youth as the Manager of Youth & Family Services at Persad Center.

"Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked:  Requiem for Rice"

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7:00 pm
Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland

All members of the community are invited as we celebrate to the orchestral debut of "Casop: A Requiem for Rice," a new piece of contemporary classical music commissioned by the Pittsburgh Foundation Benjamin Harris Memorial Fund and Nicky Horvitz Gordon Memorial Fund, the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, and the Opportunity Fund.

Attendance opportunity sponsored by Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion and Office of the Vice Provost for Education as part of Carnegie Mellon University's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy.  To reserve your ticket, please go to this link.

 To learn more about the program event, please visit  www.requiemforrice.com.

Diversity Talk Series: Multiracial Experience

Tuesday, February 19, Noon-1pm
Cohon University Center, Rangos 1

Facilitated by Dr. Christie Lewis from Chatham University, Conversations about race have typically centered on single-race groups, yet multiracial individuals, who are one of largest growing demographics in the United States, have been virtually invisible for most of American history. During this conversation, the history of multiracial people, and the common lived experiences of multiracial  individuals will be explored to shed light on, and give a voice to this historical marginalized group.

Diversity Talk Series: Anti-Semitism

Tuesday, February 26, Noon-1pm
Hillel JUC's Library, First Floor
4607 Forbes Ave. (next to the Craig St. Starbucks)

Join a conversation with Alex Zissman, the Hillel Director of Jewish Student Life at Carnegie Mellon University, Danielle Kranjec, the Hillel Senior Jewish Educator, and fellow CMU student, Adira Rosen, in discussing recent hateful anti-Semitic acts on-campus, in Pittsburgh, and cross the country. Journey through a long history of how anti-Semitic tropes have developed and changed over time. Connect with Jewish and non-Jewish members of our CMU campus community so we can begin to better understand, support, and respect one another.

Ticketed Community Events for CMU Students

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion has worked in conjunction with campus partners to offer our students the opportunity for free or subsidized tickets (depending on the show) to the following Pittsburgh community events from January-March 2019. Students, follow the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion on our social media channels for current information regarding these and other events.

Sounds of China (music)

An Evening with DeRay McKesson (talk)

TRUTHSayers: Felipe Luciano (lecture series)