Leadership Breakfast Notice

James C. WimbushIn 2020, Indiana University has a wonderful, unique opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day together with another monumental event: the IU Bicentennial. To commemorate these two meaningful occasions—and the good fortune of their occurring on the same date—internationally renowned actor and social justice advocate Viola Davis will join our campus community on the afternoon of Monday, January 20. During her visit, Ms. Davis will speak to both the tremendous legacy of Dr. King and the exciting milestone in the life of our university.

The enthusiasm generated for Viola has been extraordinary. Already, we’re expecting nearly 9,000 guests to attend her afternoon keynote in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Given her busy schedule and the arrangements for bringing her to campus, for this year only, IU elected to combine its MLK Day celebration with the 200th anniversary festivities. This means that the annual MLK Leadership Breakfast and Building Bridges Awards presentation will not occur in 2020. However, we will return to hosting the breakfast and Building Bridges Awards presentation in 2021.

MLK Day continues to be an important commemorative moment for the campus, university, and community. I look forward to honoring Dr. King’s legacy and the Bicentennial with Viola and thousands from IU, Bloomington, and the surrounding area on January 20. I hope you will be able to join us, too.


James C. Wimbush
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
Dean of The University Graduate School
Johnson Chair for Diversity and Inclusion

An Afternoon with Viola Davis

Viola DavisOn January 20, 2020 Indiana University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Indiana University’s 200th anniversary. In recognition, Indiana University will host an “Afternoon with Viola Davis”, where she will deliver a keynote lecture. The program will take place at 4:00 p.m. at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at IU Bloomington. Free general admission tickets to the Davis’ lecture will be issued online at iuauditorium.com. Tickets also may be obtained in person at the IU Auditorium box office, two tickets per person.

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The Power of One

The lasting impact of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. clearly illustrates how one individual can positively affect change. King’s inspirational words and actions left a legacy that IU students, faculty, staff, and the Bloomington community have honored for nearly 20 years.

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