2008-2009

WPI to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with Week of Activities

WPI’s Office of Diversity Programs will sponsor a week-long program to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events include film presentations, a viewing of the presidential inauguration, and outreach programs with Worcester youth.

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Office of Diversity Programs will sponsor a week-long slate of events to commemorate the life of slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

When

Monday, Jan. 19:

Worcester Community Breakfast at Quinsigamond Community College’s gym, 8-10 a.m.;

Worcester Community Service Project, noon to 2 p.m. at the Perkins Shelter in Worcester. Several WPI students have become volunteer mentors to Worcester youth, helping them learn mathematics, science, and technology. On this day, WPI students will engage youth in educational activities related to MLK Jr.

Tuesday, Jan. 20:

MLK video presentation and birthday cake, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Presidential Inauguration viewing, and day-long Commitment to Change Campaign, Campus Center. The WPI community and visitors are welcome to enjoy cake and to sign their official “Commitment to Change” document. Once the document is signed, it will be displayed on the windows of the Campus Center’s Barnes & Noble bookstore. WPI will also celebrate the presidential inauguration by positioning big-screen televisions in the Campus Center to view the historic event.   

Wednesday, Jan. 21:

Health & Wellness Luncheon with the Office of Health Services, noon to 1 p.m., Campus Center Mid-Century Room. This is an opportunity for the Office of Health Services to present vital information on healthy ways to live and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, Jan. 22

WPI Community Commitment Project, from 10 a.m. to noon at Elm Park Community School in Worcester, is an opportunity for the WPI Office of Diversity Programs to connect with Worcester’s public schools and share the importance of Dr. King’s life and how he has made a difference. WPI students will also provide a presentation on 25 African-American inventions that have changed the world.

Friday, Jan. 23

“A Day in the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” film presentation, 7:30-11 p.m., in Salisbury Labs.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

January 14, 2009

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu