Martin Luther King Jr. Movies and Activities!

Martin Luther King Jr. Movies and Activities!

Martin Luther King Jr. Movies and Activities!

You have probably heard or learned about Dr. King Jr. speeches or about the marches, but you may have not seen him in person.  To better visualize the many dimensions of Dr. King Jr. we have compiled a list of movies to inspire, and bring joy to you, your friends, and your community.



A Raisin in the Sun

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Malcolm X

Lee Daniels' The Butler


This television film stars Jeffrey Wright as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film is based on the book Daybreak of Freedom by Stewart Burns and tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.


A documentary short film released in 2008, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306commemorated the 40th annual remembrance of MLK. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008. It highlights the events of that fateful day when Martin was shot outside of Room 306 at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.

Monday, January 9 through February 28, 2017
Poster Exhibit:  “University Libraries Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month”
Pattee Library, Central Lobby (Mall Entrance)
Posters designed by Penn State students for the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, J. Commemoration poster design competition

Sunday, January 15, 2017
42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Banquet

Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the banquet begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Forum on Black Affairs will host the annual event. Tickets are $50 per person and available online via CVENT.  This year’s banquet chair is Wanda Knight at or 814-863-7313. Additional information about the Forum on Black Affairs can be found at

Monday, January 16, 2017
Hourly presentations of: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: a Historical Perspective” (1994)
Foster Auditorium, E102 Paterno Library
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This documentary traces the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the development of his non-violent philosophies over the course of the historic Civil Rights Movement. A political and social context drapes across the story of the African-American plight, determined to find an identity through the war at home and abroad.

Monday, January 16, 2017
MLK, Jr. Day of Service
HUB – Robeson Center, Alumni Hall
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join us for the MLK, Jr. Day of Service on January 16th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet in Alumni Hall and disperse to various locations on campus and throughout the State College community to do service for the day. Be sure to wear warm clothes in case you are outside! T-shirt and Food provided!

Sign up at

Monday, January 16, 2017
Musical selections from The Pennsylvania State University choir Essence of Joy, Dr. Anthony Leach, Director
Barbara Hackman Franklin Atrium, W106 Pattee Library
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

January 17, 18, 19, 2017
Letter Writing
Main Floor Tables – HUB- Robeson Center
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Write Letters to people experiencing incarceration with the Restorative Justice Initiative and share your story of a time you spoke up for injustice using the #iSpokeUpWhen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Silence Interrupted – A Talent Showcase & Social Justice Reception
HUB – Robeson Center, Heritage Hall
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Silence Interrupted will be an event focused on the forgotten stories of women and LGBT persons involved in the Civil Rights movement, and how they helped Dr. King to reach his goals. We will feature a talent contest of Penn State students who will answer a prompt surrounding our theme, “When Silence Becomes Betrayal,” via dance, poetry, art, music, or whatever way they choose to interpret the prompt. This event will also feature a Social Justice Reception with free food and discussion on various social justice topics.

If you are interested in performing/entering this contest please go to the Get Involved Tab to Apply! Applications due December 11th.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Community Showcase
5:30  – 7:00 p.m.
HUB – Heritage Hall
This event features art, poetry, and essays for local youth throughout the State College Community. Join us as we celebrate elementary, middle, and high school students and their interpretation of this year’s MLK, Jr., Commemoration theme.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Speaker, Tom Houck
7:30 p.m.
Foster Auditorium / Paterno Library
Tom Houck, an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1966-1968, a strong advocate for civil and human rights, will share his knowledge and passion on the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Houck, who moved from Boston to Florida as a teen, was expelled from his Jacksonville high school for taking part in a 1965 march in Selma that was organized in response to Bloody Sunday. After continuing to volunteer for civil rights causes, he arrived in Atlanta in 1966 to help with Southern Christian Leadership Conference voter registration efforts. On his first day here, the shaggy-haired 19-year-old was waiting for a lift in front of the SCLC headquarters on Auburn Avenue when King spotted him and invited Houck home for lunch. That afternoon he started working with the King family.

Co-Sponsored by Presidential Leadership Academy, Schreyer Honors College, Paterno Family Professorship, Hillel, and the University Libraries.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
RAWtools – A Commitment to Non-Violence
hosted by MLK, Jr. Commemoration & 3rd Way Collective
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Palmer Patio
This event is bringing in an organization, RAWtools, that collects guns and turns them into gardening tools. They will be doing a blacksmithing demonstration for students as well as bringing speakers who have been victims of Gun-Violence to discuss their experience.

Drew Hart
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
HUB – Robeson Center, Heritage Hall

Drew is a professor, author, and activist who recently published a book called, “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.” He will be speaking about justice, peace, ending racism, and ending gun-violence.  You can learn more about Drew at

The Gun Violence Debate: Should People on the No-Fly List be able to Buy Guns? – Hosted by MLK, Jr. Commemoration and Penn State Speech and Debate Society
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
HUB – Robeson Center, Heritage Hall
This debate will be hosted by the MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee and the Penn State Speech and Debate Society and will give students a chance to hear multiple sides to this particular gun-violence debate as well as give the audience a chance to discuss the topic with other students, faculty, and staff.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Evening Celebration
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Schwab Auditorium
This culminating event of the week will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through various performances and featuring this year’s distinguished speaker: Dr. Cornel West. Tickets available via Event Brite. Please print your tickets to bring to the event. Limit 2 per person.



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