The Forum on Black Affairs hosted its 39th annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial banquet on what would have been King’s 85th birthday. It was the official kickoff to a weeklong celebration in honor of King, and was attended by more than 700 people.
The theme was “Reflect on yesterday. Experience today. Transform tomorrow.”
This year’s banquet featured an artistic performance by Penn State graduate and undergraduate students in addition to State College Area School District students, produced and choreographed by Kikora Franklin, Penn State assistant professor of dance.
Other highlights included the annual presentation of awards. The State College Area School District Award was presented to Corl Street Elementary School, Mount Nittany Middle School and Park Forest Middle School, for their attempts to engage students in diversity issues. The 2014 Humanitarian Service Award, established in 1985, was given to Charles Dumas, the first black man to teach at the Penn State School of Theater.