MLK’s Visit – 50th Anniversary

Hornet Family gathers to honor MLK’s campus visit and legacy

MLK Unity March Half a century has passed since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. graced Sacramento State with his personal power and transformative oratory, but a celebration on Monday, Oct. 16, of the great civil rights leader’s 1967 visit reawakened some of the spirit that infused his campus appearance.

The University reverberated with energy generated by events meant to bring King’s visit out of the hazy realm of things remembered and into the bright light of a current shared experience. The gathered throngs who participated in the 50th anniversary celebration did so with community leaders showing the way and with their own feet, voices, and hearts.

Noted King scholar, lecturer, and PBS host Tavis Smiley captured the emotion of the occasion with his oratory, drawing combined crowds of more than 3,000 to noontime and evening keynote addresses. A Unity March, a movie screening, workshops, and a panel discussion featuring another King stalwart, Stanford Professor Clayborne Carson, helped turn the day into a soaring platform meant to carry a message of empathy, equality, and justice – themes carried with such force by King throughout his career.
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Event Date: Monday, October 16 th

Event Time: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Program Description:

The Martin Luther King Jr. 50th Anniversary Celebration being held on October 16th, 2017 brings together the campus and surrounding community to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King and his many contributions to the world. In celebration of his speech to the campus some 50 years ago entitled, “The Civil Rights Movement of the Future,” this historic date will mark the 50th anniversary of his speech on campus to some 7,000 people back in 1967.
Join us for this year’s celebration with the theme of “Empathy, Equality, and Esteem to celebrate the milestones that have been reached thus far in working to fulfill the dream of Dr. King and to continue the fight of transforming ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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Schedule of Events

Time Activity Location

9:30 – 10:45 am

Brunch : "Esteeming Those Who Came Before Us: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." ( Fundraiser )

Redwood Room

11:00 – 11:30 am

Tavis Smiley to meet with University Scholars

Foothill Suite

11:00 – 11:50 am

Film Screening

Hinde Auditorium

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Mid-day Keynote Address & Convocation
Tavis Smiley to present on "Empathy and Economic Inequality"

University Union Ballroom

1:00 – 1:45 pm

March for Empathy  / Reception

from the University Union to the Stadium / Alumni Center

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Panel on the Civil Rights Movement Past and Present: "Understanding the Empathy Narrative"

Redwood Room

3:15 – 4:00 pm

Student and Community Workshops/Civic Engagement Sessions

Various Union Rooms

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Gallery Tour

Lobby Suite

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Gospel Concert (Empathy, Empowerment, and Praise) - doors open at 3:45 pm

University Union Ballroom

5:00  5:45 pm

Transition and Preparation for the Evening Keynote Address

Not applicable

6:00 pm

(Doors to open for guests and audience will watch a multi-media feature until the event begins)

University Union Ballroom

7:30  9:00 pm

Evening Keynote Address
Tavis Smiley "Death of a King: A Life of Empathy that Created a Movement"

University Union Ballroom
*Ticketed Event

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Event Sponsors:

University Union | UNIQUE Programs | Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs | Community Engagement Center | First Year Experience | Full Circle Project | Ayad Al-Qazzaz Endowment, Department of Sociology | One Book | The Retirees Association | Center for Diversity and Inclusion | Martin Luther King, Jr. Center | Associated Students Incorporated | Educational Opportunity Program | DEGREES Project | College of Education | College of Health and Human Services | CSUS Library | Sacramento Municipal Utility District | Sierra Health Foundation | Vision Services Plan | Faculty Student Mentor Program | Guardian Scholars Program | Peer and Academic Resource Center | College of Engineering and Computer Sciences | Ethnic Studies Department | Athletics | Office of Human Resources | Information Resources and Technology | University Enterprises | Enrollment Management and Student Support