IU campuses across the state honor late civil rights leader on MLK Day

In honor of the late civil rights leader's legacy, Indiana University's 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations included several events across the state.

See how members of the IU community made Monday a day on, not off:

IU Bloomington

From the top: James Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, center, poses with, from left, Mariama Bah, Raquel Anderson, Cristian Medina and Trishnee Bhurosy, recipients of the Building Bridges Award; Tamika Catchings, right, an Olympic medal-winning former WNBA basketball player, with IU basketball director of player development Briana Schomaeker; students participate in the IUnity Summit, an event featuring group activities that spark critical dialogue about identity, difference and systematic discrimination. Photos by Craig Bisacre and Alex Kumar, Indiana University


From the top: Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin and keynote speaker at IUPUI's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, with Chancellor Nasser Paydar; an IUPUI student cleans the SON Foundation house as part of MLK Day of Service; members of the IUPUI cross country team put together bags of food at Midwest Food Bank. Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

IU Kokomo

IU Kokomo hosted a celebration in the Kelley Student Center Commons on Jan. 22, featuring performances by children from F.D. Reese Christian Academy and musician Griot B. Photos by Alisha Referda, Indiana University


From the top: Members of IUPUC's Latino-American Organization of Volunteers in Education are the recipients of the 2019 Excellence in Diversity Award; Carolyn Butler-Lee, executive director of corporate human resources at Cummins, delivered the keynote address at IUPUC's MLK Day event; Abbie Bush accepts a 2019 Excellence in Diversity Award on behalf of Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Photos courtesy of IUPUC

IU Southeast

IU Southeast students volunteer during the 2019 Day of Service. Photos courtesy of IU Southeast

Additional events are planned next week and next month, including:


IU Northwest

The campus will celebrate MLK Day and Black History Month with a series of events, including Ron Jones' performance of "MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams" at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24; a one-woman, interactive show by Gigi Coleman about the first African-American female pilot, Bessie Coleman, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5; and a lecture by Indiana native, Judge Robert Wilkins, an Indiana native and author of "Long Road to Hard Truth, the 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American Early History and Culture," at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12. All three events will be in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center.

Throughout February, Indiana University's campuses will also mark Black History Month with events, speakers and programming that recognize African-American achievements and celebrate black history, culture, art and leadership.