Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria. The day’s theme is “Speak and Live the Dream.”
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. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are not required.
The keynote speaker will be Monique Nunes, associate director for the Valparaiso University Office of Multicultural Programs.
Nunes is a joy-filled educator and spirit-filled vocalist. She speaks and sings across the country and abroad on topics related to women, children and faith. She has a master’s degree in Human Resource Development and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Her best friend and life coach is also her husband, Dr. John Nunes, who was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Dr. Nunes is president-elect of Concordia College-New York and Monique Nunes will be the director of International Programs at Martin Luther School in New York, effective July 1, 2016.
The emcee for the morning’s event will be Wendel McCollum, principal of Michigan City High School. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Michigan City Youth Choir, directed by Cornell Burton.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Family Strengthening Programs is sponsoring a family seasonal wrap drive. Guests are encouraged to donate new or gently used hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters and other seasonal wraps that will be given to local families in need.
Following the breakfast, guests are invited to take part in the PNC début of the sculpture “Rosa Parks Bench” by sculptor Jim Gallucci. This is the most recent addition to the PNC Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series. The bench commemorates Parks’ historic bus ride and serves as a daily reminder of her place in history. It is an interactive piece and visitors are invited to sit on the bench to rest and reflect.
Students in the PNC Department of Education will welcome area children ages 3 to 12 at the Michigan City Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon to enjoy age-appropriate, hands-on activities that focus on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration sponsors include: Premier donors: Purdue University North Central Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, LaPorte Herald Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch, Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company and NIPSCO. Gold sponsors: Sinai Temple of Michigan City and the Michigan City Human Rights Commission. Silver sponsors: LaPorte Savings Bank, Unity Foundation of La Porte County, 1st Source Bank, Dr. and Mrs. David Pratt, Michigan City Women’s Commission and Visit Michigan City La Porte Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bronze donors: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Phi Omega Chapter and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Other donor: League of Women Voters of LaPorte County.
To obtain more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, contact Laura Odom, associate director of the PNC Office of Institutional Equity at (219) 785-5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, please contact the PNC Office of Institutional Equity, 219-785-5545.