IU Northwest celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Black History Month

Powerful stories of African American journeys told on stage and screen

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Indiana University Northwest’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs invites the campus and community to observances of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

January 18, 2018

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, IU Northwest welcomes Stephon Ferguson. His presentation takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Theater at the Arts & Sciences Building.

For the past 12 years, Ferguson has traveled the globe performing as King and educating people about his philosophy of love, peace, justice, and unity to bring about positive change. Ferguson works with the National Park Service at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, where he gives historical presentations and Dr. King re-enactments. He is certified by The King Center, Emory University, and the University of Rhode Island to teach the Kingian Nonviolence Curriculum.

Black History Month Theatrical Production: “The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle in America,”

February 8, 2018

“The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle in America,” a multifaceted journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience, takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

A visual chronicle highlighting many of the political, social, cultural markers of the more than 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this theatrical production features Emmy Award winning actor Ron Jones playing multiple characters. An open discussion with the audience follows the performance.

The Wiz

February 22 – 25, 2018

The Wiz, a production written by William Brown and Charlie Smalls; directed by Mark Spencer; and choreographed by Asia Dickens, is set for 7:30 p.m., February 22, 23 and 24 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 25 at the Theater at the Arts & Sciences building.

After celebrating the demise of the Wicked Witch of the East with the Munchkins, Dorothy departs for the Emerald City with a live yellow brick road. The words are jive, the songs upbeat. She encounters a hip Scarecrow who wants to join her because he has a feeling he isn’t going anywhere; an uptight Tin Man who needs Dorothy’s help to hang loose again, and a mama’s-boy Lion who has lost faith in the psychiatric help he’s been getting from an owl. Together they will seek help from the great and powerful Oz.

Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace

February 27, 2018

A film screening of the documentary Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace with film director Rich Gentile, takes place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

Imagine the Deep South, Southeastern Conference (SEC) Basketball, the 1960s. Now imagine being the first African American to play in that setting. And now, imagine no university or coaching support between you and the noisy, venomous crowds, waving confederate flags and spewing racial epithets—demonstrating their displeasure that you are even stepping onto the court.

That’s the line Perry Wallace crossed in 1966 and the challenge he faced—alone—with courage, talent, tenacity, and faith. He ultimately prevailed and our country, along with collegiate sports, took another long-overdue step forward, thanks to Perry. Perry’s crusade continued after playing for Vanderbilt University, and today, 50 years later, his remarkable story is finally being told.

This is not just the story of a trailblazing athlete, but of civil rights, race in America, a campus in transition during the tumultuous ’60s, the mental toll of pioneering, decades of ostracism, and eventual reconciliation and healing.

More events are being planned for Black History Month. For updates, please visit iun.edu/diversity.

For more information, contact Tierra Jackson at jacksoti@iun.edu or (219) 980-6596.

 About Indiana University Northwest

One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-degree-seeking students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of un- dergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

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