Celebrating MLK’s legacy in Fort Wayne


This year, Jan. 21 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which commemorates the birthday of the late American civil rights leader. Here are a few celebrations happening this month the public can attend to celebrate his legacy.

Attend the Unity Day celebration

Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Club for the 34th annual Unity Day celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. The event features guest speakers, performances and roundtable discussions that promote cultural awareness. Visit the MLK Club website (mlkclub.com) and Facebook page for more details and ticket information.

Check out the library’s MLK events

The Pontiac branch of the Allen County Public Library will host an evening celebration on MLK Day. From 5-6 p.m., elementary, middle and high school students are invited to participate in crafts and other activities. Cake will be served from 6-6:30 p.m. to celebrate King’s birthday. Then, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Quinton Dixie, associate professor and Ethnic & Cultural Studies program director at Purdue Fort Wayne, will present a lecture on the origins of African American nonviolence. For more information, visit acpl.lib.in.us.

Volunteer for A Day On, Not Off

As many schools and businesses take a day off on Jan. 21 to celebrate King’s life, the University of Saint Francis is taking a different approach. Students, faculty and staff plan to pay tribute to King through taking “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

USF welcomes the public to take part in this day of service with opportunities to volunteer on projects on campus and off campus. Registration for the event takes place at 9 a.m. All on-campus events will take place at the USF North Campus Building, 2702 Spring St. Free parking is available in the USF parking lot on the northwest side of the North Campus building. Enter the building via the double doors on the northwest corner of the building (back of the building, to the left) For more information, visit www.sf.edu/mlkday/.

Attend a free celebration at Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech will host its first-ever community celebration in honor of King Jan. 23-24 at its main campus. The two-day event will include a breakfast event open to the public on Jan. 24, which will feature a keynote address by Rev. Jamie Washington.

Washington serves as the president of ACPA-College Student Educators International in Washington, D.C., and the president and co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He is also the president and founder of Washington Consulting Group. In addition to his keynote address at the breakfast, Washington will lead facilitated dialogues on diversity and inclusion with Indiana Tech students, faculty and staff members during the two-day event.

The breakfast is free to all attendees, but seats are limited and pre-registration is required. To learn more and to register for this event, visit diversity.indianatech.edu/mlk-celebration or contact Indiana Tech’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion at (260) 422-5561, ext. 2109.