WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Jan. 21 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria.
The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee and hosted by Purdue North Central, is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. and the breakfast will be served at 7:30, with the program to begin at 8. Reservations are not required.
Dr. Angela Jackson, executive director of the Michigan City Human Rights Department, will serve as the emcee.
The featured speaker, Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, will speak about her most recent book, "Influencing Today's Youth: Sharing the Behaviors, Expectations and Aspirations of Tomorrow's Leaders" and how it relates to King's legacy.
Johnson Hughes is the CEO of Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, a certified mental health center in Indiana providing behavioral health and child welfare services for the citizens of Gary and Northwest Indiana.
Pianist Roscoe Hoffman will perform during breakfast. The morning's program will include the choir from Revival Center Church of God in Christ from Michigan City under the direction of Pastor and Superintendent Dewitt L. Jackson Sr.
Following the breakfast, a panel discussion, "We Walked with Martin," moderated by Amanda Bates, will look at King's accomplishments, his dreams and aspirations for the nation, his continuing impact on the nation and what still needs to be accomplished.
Breakfast attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to local food pantries.
PNC students, faculty and staff, as well as and community members are invited to join one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects taking place throughout the area.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Mary Jane Eisenhauer, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education; Debra Pratt, continuing lecturer of Education, and students in the PNC Department of Education student organizations Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE) and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, will travel to the Michigan City Public Library to lead a series of activities for children. All children are welcome to attend, but activities are intended for those ages 2 to 12. Hands-on activities will focus on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.