2021 MLK Events

Essay Contest
As part of our celebration of Black History Month and the 41st Unity Week at Ball State University, the Multicultural Center is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay writing contest to commemorate Dr. King.

This contest calls for papers from current Ball State students to describe the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These essays will examine Dr. King’s life of social activism and intellectual work as it relates to the challenge of racial reconciliation in our currently divided nation.

To enter the contest, students must complete and upload a 500-700 words double spaced essay that exemplifies the ideals of social justice espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All essays should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 27th. Essays will be evaluated by a committee comprised of faculty and staff. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd at the end of MLK speaker event with civil rights activist Cheryl Brown Henderson.

MLK Documentary
King in The Wilderness follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life, from the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in April 1968. Drawing on revelatory stories from his inner circle of friends, the film provides a clear window into the civil rights leader's character, showing him to be a man with an unshakeable commitment to peaceful protest in the face of an increasingly unstable country.

MLK Speaker
Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd for a moderated conversation with civil rights activist Cheryl Brown Henderson. Cheryl is the founding president of The Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research. She has an extensive background and experience in political advocacy, public policy implementation, and federal legislative development.