On Monday, January 20th, South Bend Heritage will join the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County to present the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Highlights of the Celebration include the Community Service Recognition Breakfast, the Memorial March and the Youth Program. Each year the celebration brings thousands of people together to honor the legacy of Dr. King. We hope you will join us for this special Celebration. See information below for events throughout the day.
The events listed below are organized by the MLK Foundation of St. Joseph County and South Bend Heritage. For other events occurring in Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History month, please view MLK Activities (Other Events) 2014.

Monday, January 20 2014


Events listed take place at the Century Center (unless otherwise noted).

7:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.

Century Center / Convention Hall A and B

9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Century Center / Great Hall

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
South Bend Medical Foundation
Blood Drive
Century Center / Bloodmobile

Sponsors: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the South Bend Medical Foundation
Organized by Kimberly Green Reeves @574-329-3150 and Debra Carroll @ 574-876-5876 (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority); Christina Tempo (Manager) / Melissa Newton (Blood Donor Recruiter) @ 574-234-4176 (South Bend Medical Foundation)

9:30 – 11:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Blakeonomics – Economics – Reagonomics – Obamanomics

Century Center / Suite 12

Presenter: Hardie Blake Jr., President, Bethel Business Machines
Sponsors: Project Impact South Bend, Inc. & Impact Economic Enterprises Construction.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Don’t Shoot: Understanding South Bend’s Violence Reduction Strategy

Century Center / Recital Hall

South Bend has recently joined the National Network for Safe Communities to adopt a powerful strategy that seeks to reduce violence quickly and significantly by influencing the behavior of people most likely to shoot or be shot. The Violence Reduction Strategy unites law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and community members behind a clear message that violence is hurting our community and must stop. Services and support will be available to those who want to turn their lives around, and consequences will be severe for those who don’t. This strategy is being implemented in cities all over the country with dramatic results. Learn about this important effort to stop violence in South Bend.

• Moderator Bishop Eddie Miller, Faith Apostolic Temple, Co-Chair of Mayor’s Anti-Violence Coalition
• Chief Ron Teachman, South Bend Police Department, Co-Chair of Mayor’s Anti-Violence Coalition
• Clifford Johnson, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
• Bobbie Woods, Mothers Against Violence
• Shane Peters, Project Impact
• Isaac Hunt, Jr., Case Manager, Group Violence Reduction Strategy, Goodwill Industries

Q & A Facilitator: Lynn Coleman, retired South Bend Police Officer and former Assistant to the Mayor, founder of Let’s Turn It Around

Organized by Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, African American Community Fund and the Martin Luther King Foundation.

11:30 a.m.—12:45 a.m.

County City Building / Lobby—South Bend

1:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m.

Under Educated, Over Incarcerated

Century Center / Recital Hall

It’s been almost 60 years since Brown v Board of Education and we have yet to achieve academic equilty. Across the country, Black students are condemned to low expectations, relegated to special education classes and disproportionately removed from instruction for disciplinary reasons. Right here in South Bend, the statistics on academic outcomes for African American students are staggering. Black students make up only 35% of the student population but receive 65% of suspensions. Every missed day of school sets a child back in their academic progress but research also shows that students with just one disciplinary incident are 23 times more likely to be referred to the juvenile justice system. Discretional decisions to suspend, expel, and / or criminalize student misbehavior contribute to student push out, dropout, and ultimately to what researchers call the “school-to-prison pipeline”.

Panel: Ray Turner, Moderator (SBCSC Social Worker)
• Regina Williams-Preston, South Bend Community School Corporation Special Education Support Team.
• Linda Ponterio, South Bend Community School Corporation Special Education Support Team
• Traci Wheaton, InSource
• Pete Morgan, Executive Director, St. Joseph Probate Court / Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center

Organizers: Leader’s Coalition (Learning effective approaches designed to educated and rebuild students, Rev. Cory Gathright, co-convenor)

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Children’s Room For Children From 5 To 10 Years old

Century Center / Suites 8 – 10

Children will have art and cultural activities related to Martin Luther King and Civil Rights.
Organizers: Rachel Roseberry, Marguerite Taylor of the Robinson Community Learning Center

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

MLK Hands on Network

Century Center / Suite 12

Learn how other communities celebrate A Day of Service. Watch “Points of Light” Video.

Organizer: Alpha Kappa Sorority and coordinated by Sandra Hollingworth

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Open Stage: The Spoken Word

Century Center/Great Hall
Jake Webster, Master of Ceremonies. Presentations by David Casper, Howard Dukes, Groshonda McDonald Fitzpatrick, Ilene M. Johnson, Antonius Northern, Cherri Peate, Anthony Scott, Lori Caskey Sigety, Jake Webster, Kfon Poetik WizzDom.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Expunging Your Record

Century Center / Suite 1

On July 1, 2013, Indiana passed a new Expungement Law that could help many Indiana residents clear their records. Come to learn about eligibility criteria and how to access its help.

Organizer: Carrie Gaines, local attorney specializing in expunging records.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m

“The Dream is Now” – A 30 minute documentary film on immigration reform.

Century Center / Suite 2

Organizer: South Bend Human Rights Commission. Contact Diana Moyer @ 574-235-9163 for more information

3:00 –5:00 p.m.
At the river I stand, a film on Civil Rights Movements

Century Center / Recital Hall

1. The film At the River I Stand documents Martin Luther King and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike

Organizers: Joe Carbone (Jobs for Justice)
Sponsor: St. Joseph Valley Project Jobs for Justice

3:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.


Century Center / Bendix Theater

7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.


Organized by: South Bend Symphony

At IU South Bend – Northside Hall, Tickets are Free for Children/Students, $3 for Adults

Call IU Box Office 520-4203 for Tickets