BTN LiveBIG: MSU celebrating MLK legacy

BTN LiveBIG: MSU celebrating MLK legacy

As part of honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2015, Michigan State University will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Project 60/50.

Finding its title in the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the goal of Project 60/50 was to engage the MSU campus and greater community in a broad range of civil and human rights conversations.

During the past 12 months, the program has featured more than 200 events, thousands of participants and over 20 corporate sponsors and community partners. Here’s a breakdown of the first year of the program from the university:

MSU.6050 infographic

"I Have A Dream" Essay Winners

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In May, four winners were named in the "I Have A Dream" Essay contest in conjunction with Project 60/50. BTN LiveBIG featured all four essays in whole. Here are links back to read those great pieces.

All in One Place – by Zakiya Suleiman
The Fighter – by Lana Zuck

Full Plates – by Tiffany Khoury
Learning to be Tolerant – by Sara Hughes

Project 60-50

This weekend will also feature a number of special events to celebrate King’s legacy. Below is a list of highlights. For a complete list, click here.

Saturday, Jan. 17

  • Project 60/50 Gala (by invitation only)
    6 p.m., Huntington Club, Spartan Stadium
  • “Speaking Like King” slam poetry open mic night
    9 p.m., International Center
    Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18

  • “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” concert with special guests Take 6
    5 p.m., 8 p.m., Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
    Tickets required

Monday, Jan. 19

  • “Acting Like King” Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Celebration Conference
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m., MSU Union
  • On-site service learning projects
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room 50, MSU Union
    Service projects will take place honoring U.S. military active duty and veterans who have served our country.
  • Community resource fair
    9 to 11 a.m., second floor, MSU Union
    The fair will feature MSU and off-campus departments, organizations, community agencies and nonprofits.
  • “The Pursuit of Happyness”
    11 a.m., Ballroom, MSU Union
    Partial screening of film and community discussion.
  • Commemorative March for Justice
    3 p.m., Ballroom, MSU Union
  • MSU Museum exhibits and special tour
    3:45 p.m., MSU Museum
    “Seeing China: Photographic Views & Viewpoints” and “Growing Up Digital in Michigan and Morocco”
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