Community service, black history, a chili competition and a film festival are some of the ways that Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during African American Cultural Celebration Week, January 21-25.
The week begins on Monday’s National Day of Service with a community service project. Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff will volunteer to help paint and clean Imagination Station in Lafayette. The college’s campuses in Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Monticello will be closed January 21 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The following week will feature events that are open to the public. All events are held at the Lafayette campus, 3101 S. Creasy Lane in Lafayette.
The Black Student Union is sponsoring an Open Mic Night on Tuesday, January 22, from 5:00-6:00 pm in Ivy Hall 1120. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.
A Black History Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, January 23 from 11:00 am-Noon, in Ivy Hall 1106. The roundtable, in partnership with Hanna Community Center, will feature a discussion about local African-American culture. A light lunch will be served.
A Chili Cook-Off Competition will be held on Thursday, January 24, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Ivy Hall 1106 and 1112. Ivy Tech students will enter their best chili concoctions for judging. The public is invited to be judges for the competition by purchasing a $2 ticket at the Cashier’s Office in Ivy Hall. Proceeds will benefit Hanna Community Center.
An African-American Cultural Film Fest will be held on Friday, January 25, in Ivy Hall 1120 featuring two award-winning documentaries. At 10:30 am, Prom Night in Mississippi will be shown. The film documents the first integrated high school prom in Charleston, Mississippi, which held school-sanctioned segregated proms until 2008. At 1:30 p.m., Soundtrack for a Revolution will be shown. The film tells the story of the American civil rights movement through the powerful music of its time. Refreshments will be served during each screening.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.