PNC Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Activities

Tony Walker

Martin Luther King Celebration guest speaker Tony Walker

Purdue University North Central will be the site of the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 20 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building cafeteria. The day’s theme is “Share the Dream” named in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Committee and hosted by Purdue North Central, is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program to begin at 8 a.m. Reservations are not required.

The featured speaker will be Tony Walker, who will speak about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

He is managing attorney of The Walker Law Group, P.C., a practice that represents churches, schools and government agencies with offices in Michigan City, Gary, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Walker was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as a commissioner of the Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission in 2009. In 2011 the governor appointed him to represent the First Congressional District on the State Board of Education. He recently served as president of the Gary Public Library Board of Trustees and is a past chairman of the board for the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

He belongs to the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, LaPorte County Bar Association and is a former board member of the Lake County (Indiana) Bar Association.

Debra Whitlow, a Michigan City High School honor student and member of the City Singers Choral Group, will sing following Walker’s speech. Troy Patterson Thomas, of Gary, will recite Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Breakfast participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food pantries in Michigan City and LaPorte.

PNC students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join one of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Projects taking place throughout the area.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, assistant professor of Early Childhood Education, Debra Pratt, continuing lecturer of Education, and students in the PNC Department of Education student organizations Purdue Learning About Young Children in Education (PLAYCE) and Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, will lead educational activities focused on the life of Dr. King at the Michigan City Public Library. All children are welcome to attend, but activities are intended for individuals ages two to 12. Hands-on activities will focus on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Further information about the event at the Michigan City Public Library may be obtained by contacting Pratt, at or 785-5200, ext. 5486.

The 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration sponsors includes:  Premier sponsors Horizon Bank, Purdue University North Central, The Herald Argus and The New-Dispatch; Gold sponsors 1st Source Bank, NIPSCO, Sinai Temple and Unity Foundation of La Porte County; Silver sponsors, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, La Porte Convention and Visitors Bureau, LaPorte Savings Bank, Dr. and Mrs. David Pratt and Swanson Center; and Bronze sponsors Michigan City Human Rights Commission and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

To obtain more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast, contact Laura Weaver, PNC service learning coordinator at or at 785-5200, ext. 5724.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Weaver.