This year's tribute will mark the 48th anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at our University. Dr. King spoke to a crowded gymnasium at Monmouth College on October 6, 1966. The focus of his speech was that we had “come a long, long way; but ... that we still have a long, long way to go before the problem of racial injustice is solved.” (Excerpt from the transcript of MLK, Jr.’s speech on October 6, 1966). Looking back through history, he championed the strides that had been made, but cautioned that the story did not end there and that there was far more work to be done.
The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award recipients were Susan Damaschke, John Patrick Dunne, David Alfonse, and Honoraries Tracey Keelen, Jeannette Van Houten, and Russ Gehweiler, Jr.
Every few years we hold the MLK, Jr. Children's Festival. The Children’s Festival coordinates with area schools to have local children visit the campus and learn from Monmouth University students about the legacy of Dr. King in a fun and creative festival environment. We work with student clubs, organizations, and classes to design an educational fair with “booths” containing interactive activities focused around Dr. King’s life, diversity, internationalism, social justice, race, volunteerism, and human rights. Our Monmouth University student groups will spend the fall semester working on these activities that they will facilitate.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:30 - 9 p.m., Anacon Hall
Recipients of the 2011 Tribute to Men and MLK, Jr. Unsung Hero Award (from left): MLK Unsung Hero Student Recipient - Sean Foran; MLK, Jr. Unsung Hero Award Employee Recipient - Christine Hatchard; Tribute to Men Employee Recipient - Joseph Patten; Associate Vice President for Student Services - James Pillar; Tribute to Men Student Recipient - Mychal G. Mills; and MLK, Jr. Unsung Hero Award Community Member Recipient - Starlet M. Gomez.
Photo credit: Jim Reme
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Celebration, recognizes the work of the the students, employees, local community members, and organizations that volunteer throughout the year.
The Tribute Celebration is open to the entire University and community and includes a reception/dessert, live entertainment, and will include the presentation of 2014 recipients of the Monmouth University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Awards.