Image of the MLK Memorial

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs is excited to announce the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2020, with events taking place Jan. 14-20 on the Main Campus as well as El Centro and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS).

The discussions, speakers and service projects seek to go beyond the familiar words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and toward reflective-action by asking:

  • How do each of us, as members of the NEIU community live the dream that Dr. King evoked?
  • In what ways do we live this dream for ourselves and our communities in our daily lives?
  • In what ways do we fall short? 

Please join us as we honor Dr. King's life and legacy.

Building Bridges Across Ethnic and Racial Lines

Jan. 14, 2020
6:10-7:30 p.m. 
El Centro, Community Room

Parents representing the Parent Mentor Program will speak about how they are building
alliances across ethnic groups to achieve educational equity, focusing in Chicago Public Schools.

Cake Cutting Ceremony

Jan. 15, 2020
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Main Campus, Village Square
El Centro, EC 110

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a cake cutting ceremony. 

dr. martin luther king jr. Keynote address featuring Janaé E. bonsu

Morning Address
Jan. 16, 2020
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CCICS, Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall

Afternoon Address
Jan. 16, 2020
4:15-6:30 p.m. 
Main Campus, Golden Eagles Room (SU 103)

Refreshments provided.

Janaé E. Bonsu is an activist-scholar dedicated to an abolitionist praxis through her organizing and scholarship. She is a Ph.D. candidate in social work at the University of Illinois-Chicago where her research focuses on Black women's experiences of interpersonal and state violence. Bonsu's political home is with BYP100, a national member-based organization of 18 to 35-year-olds organizing through a Black Queer Feminist lens.

MLK Day of Service: City Year Partnership* 

Jan. 20, 2020
9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Robert Nathaniel Dett Elementary School
2131 W. Monroe St.

The Day of Service falls on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Though campus will be closed, a bus will be provided for participants to travel to and from the site. Please check in at The Nest at 8 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m. Students can also meet at the site. Lunch will be provided.

Please contact Rae Joyce Baguilat at by Jan. 10 to register. 

*This event has been canceled.