Michigan State University

Martin Luther King, Jr. 2014 Anniversary

Every year, MSU Libraries participates in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative celebration, a campus-wide event sponsored by MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

2014 topic: “A Struggle for Civil Rights in the U.S. and Abroad

On Display in the MSU Main Library (First Floor, West Wing)

Now through February 28, 2014

exhibit case with books on display

MLK Exhibit developed by Chris DeFord, Erica Ervin, and Bojana Skarich

Events sponsored by the MSU Libraries for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration‚Äč:

  • “Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later”
    Date and time: January 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m. 
    Location: MSU Main Library Building, Room W449 

    This documentary film interviews participants of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of African-American students who fought for their right to education in Arkansas in 1957. 
    A group of angry whites prevented them from entering the high school, even though desegregation in schools was ruled unconstitutional three years earlier. This documentary also traces how much has changed since the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown. V. Board of Education, and how much inequality remains in the United States education system today. Sponsored by the MSU Libraries and a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. 

    Speaker: Valencia Moses, PhD, College of Education
  • “The Intolerable Burden” 
    Date and time: January 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m 
    Location: MSU Union, Ballroom / Lake Huron Room 

    This documentary explores the challenges experienced by an African-American sharecropper family in Mississippi as they enroll their children in the public school system in 1965. This film event is part of the MSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement’s “What’s Your 110?” service fair, which hosts dozens of local and statewide nonprofit and community organizations looking for volunteers. 

    Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey C. Wray, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies

Resources used for the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration exhibit: