Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
Indiana Tech welcomes Dr. Bertice Berry, nationally renowned sociologist, author, lecturer and educator, to help us celebrate the life, legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This event will be live-streamed on Thursday, Jan. 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. We invite all campus and community partners to join us for this special, virtual service in celebration of the legacy left by Dr. King.
We will also recognize our 2021 Diversity Vanguard Award recipients, Dr. Terri A. Shaw and Mr. Clifford M. Clarke, at the ceremony.
Indiana Tech Day of Service
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of unity and service, we invite you to join us for Indiana Tech’s Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18. On this date, a selection of opportunities will be available for faculty, staff and students to engage in service to the Fort Wayne community.
For each project, we will meet in Andorfer Commons (outside the Office of Student Affairs) 30 minutes prior to the project start time. Please note that spaces are limited, so make sure to register below.
Monday, Jan. 18 | 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
We will partner with Habitat for Humanity where we will assist with an indoor demolition project at one of the rehab houses. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. To register, please click here: http://indianatech.habitatgfw.volunteerhub.com/. Please note that the day may run shorter than the designated time.
Monday, Jan. 18 | 1 – 5 p.m.
We will partner with the Oxford Community Association to assist with indoor cleaning projects at its association building. The Oxford Community Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to increase safety and cleanliness in the neighborhood and support for businesses that better the community. It is the first and only association in Fort Wayne to own its own building, but the community building has fallen into disrepair through the years, with only a handful of people trying to bring it back to its full potential. To register, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-service-with-the-oxford-community-association-tickets-134528960743
Thursday, Jan. 21 | 8:30 a.m.
This celebration is open to the entire community and will feature Dr. Berry’s keynote address, “Provoking a Spirit of Justice.”
The celebration will be virtual and free to attend. View and participate in the live stream on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8:30am.
About Dr. Bertice Berry
Sociologist Bertice Berry, Ph.D., is a best-selling author and award-winning lecturer, and has been named Comedian of the Year, Lecturer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. She has published 11 best-selling books in both fiction and nonfiction and has won numerous awards and accolades for both her writing and presentations.
Berry has had her own nationally-syndicated television show and has hosted, interviewed on, and made numerous appearances on a variety of diverse television, documentary and radio platforms, including The Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey, Between The Lions, Crossfire, 20-20, NPR, PBS, Comedy Central and CNN.
She has used her unique gifts and talents as a writer and ghost writer for others on a wide range of topics, including race and gender issues, sociological studies, stratification, health care reform, humor, spirituality, sexuality, slavery and the abolitionist movement, weight loss and wellness, relationships, servant leadership, transformational leadership, diversity and love.
Dr. Berry has led parades, had classrooms named after her and has been awarded over 10 honorary doctorates. She earned her own doctoral degree from Kent State University at the age of 26 and still sees her most fulfilling achievement and role in life as being a mother to her five adopted children.
“If you ain’t dead, you ain’t done,” states a character in one of Berry’s novels.
Berry believes that every one of us has been given a unique purpose, and that it is our obligation to find that purpose and use it to improve first our own self, and then improve the lives of those we live and work with.