Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites the Northwest Indiana community to celebrate diversity and inclusion through the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in two events on its Westville and Hammond campuses Jan. 21 and 22. Michigan City, Indiana native, Dr. Theo Williams will deliver the keynote presentation at both celebrations.

Williams has a passion for social justice issues having conducted extensive research on topics related to Dr. King’s vision. He developed and facilitated his first national conference workshop on racial reconciliation in 1998. He has spoken nationally and internationally.

An associate professor of communications at Bethel College and an ordained minister, Williams earned his doctorate in Communication from Regent University and a master’s in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His academic focus is on the role of communication within the process of racial reconciliation, intercultural competence and cross-cultural relationships.

“This is the twenty-fourth year of bringing the surrounding communities together to recognize the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. as we continue to pursue Dr. King’s vision of justice and equality for all,” said Laura Odom, associate director of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion and committee co-chair.

Celebration Breakfast on the Westville Campus – Jan. 21

PNW will host the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast from 8:30 – 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21. The program will take place in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex (DSAC), Great Hall, on the Westville Campus. The complex is located at 1401 South U.S. 421. The doors open at 8 a.m.

Celebration Reception on the Hammond Campus – Jan. 22

A program honoring Dr. King will be held from 10:30 a.m. – noon, Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Student Union & Library, Alumni Hall, at the Hammond Campus, 2233 173rd Street. The doors open at 10 a.m. A reception will be held following Dr. Williams’ speech.

The events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and may be reserved at www.pnw.edu/MLK-celebration.