Texas Tech University

MLK Celebration 2019

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Texas Tech University's 2019 MLK Celebration will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd. The morning will begin with a MLK Legacy March from the United Supermarkets Arena to the Student Union Building at 9:30am. For a full outline of the day's schedule please see below. The day is filled with a "come and go as you please" events and we welcome everyone to participate in the interactive events celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!


Time Description
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Legacy March beginning at United Supermarkets Arena and ending at the Student Union Building
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Martin's Mini-Movie Marathon @ The SUB Matador Room
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Questioning the Pursuit of Happiness: Myriad Voices of Civil Rights @ The SUB Matador Room
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Refreshments & Keynote Address by Dr. Dave Louis @ The SUB Matador Room
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakout session #1 @ The SUB 2nd Floor (see below for details)
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout session #2 @ The Sub 2nd Floor (see below for details)
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakout session #3 @ The SUB 2nd Floor (see below for details)
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. We Shall Overcome (Wrap Up of the Day ) @ The SUB Matador Room

Breakout Session Schedule & Details

Time Title Presenter Location Description
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mexican American Civil Rights Movement Miguel Levario Matador Room Explore various issues of political and cultural identity, resistance, inter/intracultural tension, assimilation, and ethnic maintenance, which will yield concepts of change and continuity within the Mexican American community. Learning Objectives: Understand the political, economic, and cultural contexts of the domestic and transnational events in the United States and abroad, Identify the political, social and cultural significance of self-identification and its unique reference to authority and power, and look closely at how historical changes are experienced, and sometimes shaped, in religious practices, cultural and recreational events, and family life.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Legacy of Civil Rights Movement on LGBTQIA Communities Mychael Solis – Wheeler Caprock Room Discuss the legacy the 1960's Civil Rights Movement had on not just on MLK but on future generations of LGBTQIA communities. From Bayard Rustin to the Freedom Riders, the actions of these unique individuals have impacted future leaders and movements of LGBTQIA communities into the present.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Beyond Civil Rights: Economic Justice & Dr. King's Social Democratic Dream Dr. Dale Kretz Matador Room n recent decades the corporate media has sanitized and distorted the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. In political discourse and popular culture alike he appears solely as crusader against racial discrimination. But in reality, Dr. King was a radical reformer who led a full-bodied struggle for economic justice for all. This talk will explore how to recover that legacy as well as the perils of forgetting it.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Julius Nyerere and African Liberation Dr. Paul Bjerk Caprock Room Presentation and discussion on the theme of African liberation and the cultural gaps and connections that emerge in the 1960s between African American political movements and African political movements.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Smart Activism: the Role of History and Fostering Student Leadership Viet Nguyen & Jade Silva-Tovar Matador Room There has been a series of events that have taken place in America igniting a new social justice movement. Although the movement appears to be new, the strategies look familiar. Where did the concept of “sit-ins” and “die-ins” originate? What was the leadership strategies originally utilized in these non-violent protests? How can faculty and staff cultivate a culture of empowerment for students today? These questions will be addressed in a session designed to empower participants with a proper cultural context for productive social justice advocacy.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 25 Rules of Civility Sean Duggan Caprock Room Come learn some easy rules that will make your life, your conversations, your relationships, your attitude, more civil. What the world needs now is more Civility!

Ongoing Programs & Sessions Throughout The Day

Time Description
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Legacy of MLK through YOU (Video Testimonial filming) @ Soapsuds Room (Next to the Matador Room)
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Creating A Community Service Legacy of YOUR Own (Ongoing Service Projects) @ SUB Red Raider Lounge
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Live Long for Social Justice Public Health Fair @ Brazos Room
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. FREE HIV Testing @ Playa Room