UPDATE (Sunday, Jan. 20) – Due to weather-related travel delays, Monday’s keynote events have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22. See the event website for an updated schedule.

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca College will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a week of events including workshops, lectures and performances. The MLK Campus-wide Celebration will run from Jan. 21 to 27 and features several events that are free and open to the public.

Like the MLK Jr. and Beyond event at Beverly J. Martin Elementary, IC will treat MLK Jr. Day as a “day on, not off.” While Monday is the first day of the spring semester, classes will not be in session.

Related: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with three Ithaca events

“In lieu of traditional classroom instruction, the ‘Day on, not Off’ is a time of reflection and a call to action through programs and activities,” the event announcement says.

Monday’s lineup of workshops and presentations will be capped off with a keynote address by artist and activist John Sims, titled “Ablazing Glory: Space, Time & Justice,” 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 in Emerson Suites.

The talk, along with events later in the week, is drawn from Sims’ “bigger 16-year multi-media project, Recoloration Proclamation, which explores the complexity of identity, cultural appropriation and visual terrorism in the context of Confederate iconography and African-American culture,” according to a media release.

Below is the list of events open to the public throughout the week, provided by Ithaca College:

Monday, January 21
“The People’s Movement”
One space features multimedia learning and interaction, while the other is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to practice mindful contemplation.
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Klingenstein and Clark Lounges, Campus Center

“Civil Rights Tour Presentation”
Presentation by the college’s first-year MLK Scholars on their fall break travel to the South to visit important sites in the Civil Rights movement.
4 p.m., Emerson Suites, Campus Center

“Ablazing Glory: Space, Time and Justice”
Keynote address by artist and activist John Sims, combining selected readings from his forthcoming memoir on the “Recoloration Proclamation” project with related short films to present a dynamic journey of bearing witness, creative resistance and collective healing.
5 p.m., Emerson Suites, Campus Center

Tuesday, January 22
“Geometry of Justice: From MathArt to FlagArt”
Multimedia presentation by artist and activist John Sims on two large social system art projects that examine and arbitrate the language and culture of oppositional symbols and identities.
Noon, Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center

“Was Dr. King an Ally?”
Presentation by Sean Eversley Bradwell, director of the Ithaca College Center for IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change).
Noon, Clark Lounge, Campus Center

“‘AfroDixieRemixes’: The Ithaca Responses”
Presentation by artist and activist John Sims of various tracks from his music project “AfroDixieRemixes,” along with the responses to it from members of the Ithaca College community. The event will also include a historical introduction of the song “Dixie” and additional music videos.
6 p.m., Textor 102

Wednesday, January 23
“Social Media, Social Justice and Media Literacy: Sports and Action”
Presentation by Cyndy Scheibe, professor of psychology and executive director of the Project Look Sharp media literacy program, examining how sports interacts with ideals of social justice in media. Attendees will engage with both traditional media outlets and social media.
7 p.m., Emerson Suites, Campus Center

Thursday, January 24
“Unpacking Our Own Privilege”
Through the lens of Martin Luther King Jr.’s allyship, peer educators in the Ithaca College Center for IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change) will lead a discussion on accountability to become better partners for social justice work.
Noon, Klingenstein Lounge, Campus Center

“Stepping into Justice: Spirituality and Activism”
Community members from various religious and spiritual traditions will explore the intersection of spirituality and activism.
Noon, Clark Lounge, Campus Center

Interfaith Community Dinner
An evening of food and fellowship with members of the Lansing Community and Interfaith Communities of Greater Ithaca. Vegetarian, kosher and halal options will be available (Dinner is provided to students free of cost.)
5:30 p.m., Muller Chapel

Friday, January 25
MLK Shabbat Service
Join Hillel for a special nondenominational Shabbat service celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and reaffirming a commitment to his vision of social and racial justice rooted in a spiritual tradition.
6 p.m., Muller Chapel

MLK Concert
Annual concert featuring student and faculty soloists and ensembles from the School of Music, along with cast members of Ithaca College Theatre production of “Ragtime,” the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers and guest artist Samantha McElhaney John, director of theatre studies at Music Academy of Garden City.
7:30 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center

Sunday, January 27
MLK Interfaith Service
Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through song and spoken word alongside community members from various religious and spiritual traditions.
5:30–6:30 p.m., Muller Chapel

Ithaca College students will also take part in the annual MLK Day of Service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. One of King’s greatest visions was a world with communities working together to address their challenges, and this program is an opportunity for students in the IC community to perform service at organizations and agencies in the Greater Ithaca area, ranging from the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library to the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center to New Roots Charter School.

Featured image: Provided by Center for IDEAS-Ithaca College MLK Week event page.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at dmagliozzi@ithacavoice.com or 607-391-0328.