Illinois Institute of Technology Celebrates and Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is a celebration of his life and all of his great achievements. This civil rights leader will be remembered across the country in various means. In January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday that was established to observe the birthday of this chief leader for peaceful activism. Throughout the month, people are reminded of the great legacy that Martin Luther King, Jr. set forth in the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. During the Civil Rights Movement, people of all races joined together to take a stand against segregation. Please join IIT in this time of celebration and remembrance for one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders.

“My Dream Is” Movement
Facebook and Campus TV Screens
In an effort to continue the progression of the civil rights movement, the campus community was invited to share their dream for improving the world. Please follow the movement around campus on TV screen monitors and on Facebook. Follow the Facebook movement at: IIT Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
565 W. Adams St. – Marovitz Courtroom (First Floor)
February 6, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Looking within our own IIT community for civil rights advocates, no other IIT member embraces the immediacy of the civil rights movement quite like Sheldon H. Nahmod, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. His amazing work in supporting civil rights and civil liberties inspires us all, especially our students at IIT. As a result, in January 2010 the Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Award was established to honor students and student groups who are working to progress the civil rights movement.

The Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2013 Sheldon H. Nahmod IIT Civil Rights Award:

Blythe Buchholz – Recipient of the Social Justice Award
Doctorate of Philosophy Candidate
Illinois Institute of Technology

Maria R. Gonzalez – Recipient of the Social Action Award
4th Year Sociology Undergraduate
Illinois Institute of Technology

You can also explore these other celebrations throughout Chicago:

DuSable Museum
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Celebrate with the DuSable Museum on Monday, January 21, 2013 for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration! The theme for this year’s celebration is, “Nothing Without a Demand,” commemorating the legacy of many of the iconic men and women that help to shape and advance Civil and Human Rights throughout America. This day-long affair is filled with live performances, dance, films, and art to inspire, entertain, and educate all audiences. has an extensive listing of free events around Chicago for your review.

Time Magazine Photos – Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King
In honor of the holiday commemorating King’s birthday, presents a gallery of photographs by famed civil rights movement photographer Flip Schulke, accompanied by King’s own words on nonviolence, race and his dream for the future of America.

For more information please contact the Student Center for Diversity & Inclusion at