HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Community College Cultural Activities will host the annual celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will begin on Sunday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the B.J. Warner Recital Hall of the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HutchCC campus. The celebration will continue Monday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m., also in the B.J. Warner Recital Hall of the Stringer Fine Arts Center.
“After a virtual celebration in 2021, we are beyond excited to gather in-person to honor Dr. King and his accomplishments”, stated Dr. Hence Parson. “We would like to encourage our community to safely join us for the events scheduled over these two days.”
With the theme of “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Music”, Sunday’s program will feature musical performances by groups from Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson High School, Buhler High School and a Community Choir. Monday’s program will feature educational presentations and tributes from youth. It will also focus on the accomplishments of several prominent community members and their impact on Hutchinson and Reno County, including the creation of the Chester I. Lewis Plaza in downtown Hutchinson.
Following each day’s events will be community receptions open to the public, Sunday’s at Stringer Fine Arts Center and Monday’s at the Cosmosphere. Beginning at 4:00 pm on Monday, the Cosmosphere will be open for “Dream with STEAM,” an event featuring free family activities. Attendees can learn more about scholarship opportunities for Cosmosphere camps, enjoy ice cream made using liquid nitrogen, build and launch lunar landers and more.
At 5:30 p.m., Cosmosphere offers a free screening of Dream Big in the Carey Digital Dome Theater. This award-winning documentary reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people. Limited tickets available.
The celebration is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The forum is one of a series on current and historical topics held throughout the year at HutchCC designed to inspire debate and educate students, faculty, staff and the public on various social science issues.