Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and DSU

By Justine Marshall

The original Student Center, first built in 1967, was dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King on May 10, 1968.

Heather Adams, DSU’s Honors Program Secretary, reminisces about the old Center.

“It was first a one floor building. It had a mailroom and a glass lounge, Judicial Affairs, OSLA, and other Student Activities groups had their own offices.”

Adams also spoke about how the building was used for New Student Orientation.

The newly rebuilt MLK building, built in conjunction with the Wellness and Recreation Center, which was completed in late 2009, now includes amenities such as spacious meeting rooms to conduct student activities, three restaurants, a game room, bookstore, and an open lounge areas to socialize and study.

Many students frequent the MLK building each day.

“It’s a convenient place to get food, meet up with friends, and play games,” says Jamilah Younger.

In honor of King’s immeasurable contribution to the civil rights movement, Delaware State University will be presenting “Celebrate the Dream, A Day On, Not A Day Off”, the 29th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Program.

This program will be held on January 19th, 2015 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the EH Building. The event is free to the public and will include Chief Information Officer, James Collins, as keynote speaker. Performances by the Mt. Zion AME Children’s Choir of Dover, praise dancer Jasmine Roberts, and the Sankofa African Dance Company.

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