Syracuse University’s Office of Residence Life will sponsor a series of programs and events celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during “I Have a Dream Week.” This year’s theme is “Hope. Dream. Remember. Celebrate.” Events will be begin Jan. 22 on the SU campus and culminate Jan. 27 with a Day of Service held at various locations throughout the city of Syracuse and on campus. The events are free and open to the public.
The planned events and programs include the following:
The Office of Residence Life Diversity Committee is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest to encourage students to think critically about King’s legacy of peace and justice through delivery of his lesser-known speeches. Students are invited to reflect on the impact of King’s legacy on their own lives. The contest is open to all SU and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students. For guidelines and rules, contact Lindy Wagner at email@example.com. Participants will perform and be judged at the oratory contest and open mic event on Jan. 25.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19-SUNDAY, JAN. 28
EXHIBIT HONORING KING, PANASCI LOUNGE, HILDEGARDE AND J. MYER SCHINE STUDENT CENTER, REGULAR BUILDING HOURS
PRESENTED BY TOYOTA
The exhibit includes a timeline of the life and work of King and a scale model of the national memorial honoring him, currently under construction in Washington, D.C.
MONDAY, JAN. 22
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL COMMEMORATING KING’S LEGACY
HENDRICKS CHAPEL STEPS, 7 P.M.
SPONSORED BY THE RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION AND THE OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE
Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to gather for a candlelight vigil on the steps of Hendricks Chapel. Together, those assembled will reflect on King’s legacy and teachings. Remarks will be offered by Francis McMillian Parks, director of Students Offering Service and of African American Programs at Hendricks Chapel.
HENDRICKS CHAPEL STEPS, 7:30 P.M.
SPONSORED BY THE BLACK CELESTIAL CHORAL ENSEMBLE
Immediately following the candlelight vigil, the assembly will enjoy free, public gospel music by members of the SU community.
TUESDAY, JAN. 23
CAPTURING THE DREAM
PANASCI LOUNGE, SCHINE STUDENT CENTER, 5-7 P.M.
This art display will feature the work of members of the SU community, local artists and school children from Franklin Magnet and Dr. King schools in Syracuse. The artists’ pieces will relate to King’s life, legacy and dream. A reception will follow.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24
THE DOCUMENTARY “EYES ON THE PRIZE: THE PROMISED LAND”
7 P.M. IN WATSON THEATRE
A discussion will follow.
THURSDAY, JAN. 25
ORATORY CONTEST AND OPEN MIC NIGHT
GOLDSTEIN STUDENT CENTER DINING AREA, 7 P.M.
Performers will be limited to one piece, and content must be appropriate for all audiences. Participants in the Oratory Contest will also perform and be judged at this event.
FRIDAY, JAN. 26
DAY OF SERVICE
VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT SYRACUSE, 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE’S DIVERSITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEES
Participants will bring King’s words to life through service to the greater Syracuse community. Those who wish to participate will be bused to various community service sites throughout the city. Contact George Athanas at firstname.lastname@example.org more information or to register.
GOLDSTEIN AUDITORIUM, SCHINE STUDENT CENTER, 7 P.M.
This dance showcase will display the talents of SU dance troupes Black Reign Step Team, Creations Dance Company, Groovestand and the Cabaret Performance Troupe, and is a cultural exchange offering the performers opportunity to express the dream through the art of dance.
“I Have a Dream Week” is a celebration of events created in 1999 by the Office of Residence Life. The programs and activities of Dream Week are centered on King’s life and legacy, and are aimed at fostering awareness about his teachings and work, as well as the Civil Rights Movement.