Martin Luther King Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr in several images

2023 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Events Series


Murray Library Black Achievment:Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Inspiring the Future Display


Display in Library for the Month of January & February

The library’s main display case features books from our “Bridge to Freedom” collection. These children’s books focus on the struggle for freedom and justice throughout history until today. We are also highlighting the gifted authors who share this important work.



Experience, I AM A MAN, a virtual reality (VR) experience by Derek Ham. This experience highlights the historic events of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.


Monday, January 16, 2023

Day of Service Activity

The Agapé Center, Friends of Murray Library, and the Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service team are partnering to put together literacy kits for students in local school districts. There will also be projects off campus with the Central PA MLK Day of Service that are open to anyone. Any questions can be directed to


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Common Chapel, featuring guest speakers Ms. JoAnne Bland and Ms. Lynda Lowery

Worship led by Messiah University’s UVP Gospel Choir | Brubaker Auditorium, 9:30a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Lynda Blackmon Lowery and Joann Bland of Selma, Alabama are witnesses to one of the nation’s most consequential civil rights battles.  The sisters began their activism in the early 1960s participating in workshops and mass meetings ultimately finding themselves on the front lines of the voting struggle. In 1965, the young activist marched on "Bloody Sunday" and "Turn Around Tuesday.”  


Evening Chapel, featuring guest speakers, Ms. JoAnne Bland and Ms. Lynda Lowery

Hostetter Chapel, 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Featured Lottie Meal at Lunch - "MLK Favorites"

Menu: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Fried Fish, Macaroni & Cheese, Candy Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage and Colored Greens, Corn Bread, and White Chocolate Bread Pudding | Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.


Thursday, January 19, 2023

MLK Trivia

Larsen Student Union, 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Have fun with your friends at the annual MLK Week Trivia Night! Come learn about Dr. King and his legacy through multiple trivia questions. There will be 5 rounds of trivia about Dr. King and other prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement! Prizes will be awarded to all of the winners. 


Friday, January 20, 2023

SAB Lost Films featuring Hidden Figures

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall, 8:00p.m.

Join us for this year’s MLK Lost Film, Hidden Figures. “Three brilliant African American women at NASA -- Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -- serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.” -Rotten Tomatoes


Saturday, January 21, 2023

SAB Lost Films featuring Hidden Figures

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall, 4:00p.m. & 8:00p.m.


Acting & Film Q&A with Hashim Tawfiq

Miller Theater, 7:00 PM

Hisham Tawfiq is widely known as "Dembe," a Sudanese Freedom Fighter and right hand man to Raymond Reddington on NBC's hit show The Blacklist. Tawfiq studied at the world-renowned Negro Ensemble Theater Company which has brought forth such notable actors as Denzel Washington, Ossie Davis and Phylicia Rashad. Throughout his career, Tawfiq continues to call on his life experiences and training to inform his choices as an actor and artist.

Our purpose is to reflect together on the vision and Christian ministry of Dr. King for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God's agents of justice, peace and reconciliation.


Sponsored by: Multicultural & International Student Programs, Office of Diversity Affairs, Agape Center, Campus Ministries, Multicultural Council, Murray Library, Learning Technology Services, Dining Services, Student Activities Board, and Office of Student Engagement.

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