Penn State Intercom......November 21, 2002

Poster design focus is the
need to continue the journey

Calendar of events

By Gary W. Cramer
Public Information

A lone boy stands silhouetted against the dawning sky, looking up to a tree atop the hill that he is halfway done climbing. Symbolically, the tree is a future in which prejudices will not cause such suffering as is so often the case today, and the boy is the civil rights movement that has brought great change in seeking that goal, but which cannot rest on its laurels.

This image, and the philosophy behind it, bolster the recent choice of "We Won't Stop Here" as the theme for many of the events tied into the 2003 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on the University Park campus next January. Soon, the boy on the hillside will appear on posters, fliers, buttons and T-shirts promoting a week's worth of commemoration-related activities, Jan. 15-22.

"The 'We Won't Stop Here' theme is derived from Dr. King's last speech, delivered in Memphis on the night before he was killed," said Thomas Poole, associate vice provost for educational equity. "Dr. King took his audience on an oral tour of the great epochs of history and claimed at each stop, 'But I wouldn't stop there.' The point is that we should feel fortunate to live in our present age, despite its difficulties and challenges, for it presents an unparalleled opportunity for social progress. We must constantly seek greater justice in our world -- we won't stop here."

MLK2003poster_150Created by undergraduate graphic design and photography student Roman Shuman, the image of the boy on the hillside was chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and students from among nearly 20 submitted by young artists as the entry that best captured the 2003 theme. A graphic design class taught by Lanny Sommese, professor of art, has for many years annually used the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration planning committee's need for high-quality artwork to support the commemoration as a chance to expose students to on-deadline work for a "client" with strict project specifications. All of the proposed designs for 2003 will be on display in Pattee Library during the commemoration week.

Shuman, a senior, said, "Getting into graphic design was my intent as soon as I started college, and I'm glad it worked out that way. There are so many more avenues that graphic design can take you down, it was the right decision." As for his winning design, he noted, "I guess I didn't realize how (widespread) it's going to be. That didn't hit me until I realized they picked mine."

Several events will lead up to the Undergraduate Student Government-organized MLK Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20, which gives faculty, staff, students and other volunteers opportunities to work on community-minded projects. Among the events are the popular Forum on Black Affairs Banquet on Jan. 15 and a combined community Celebration March and Commemorative Bell Ringing on Jan. 17, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education. (See the calendar on this page for times and contact information for all of the week's events.) poster2

The Day of Service, which coincides with the federally observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will close with a keynote speech, free to the public, by Diane Nash, a civil rights activist and educator who was a key figure in the sit-in movement of the 1960s that led to radical reform in racially segregated communities across the nation. After working with the movement as a college student to desegregate lunch counters in Nashville, Tenn., in 1960, Nash joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which organized "freedom rides" of bus passengers through the southern United States to crusade for equal rights in the arena of public transportation. Other efforts that Nash was involved in were tied to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the right to vote, the Vietnam War and women's rights.

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Calendar of Events

University Park events on the calendar for the 2003 Commemoration thus far include:

Jan. 15

Forum on Black Affairs MLK Jr. Banquet, 6 p.m., The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Contact: Mike Phillips,

Jan. 15-17 and 20-22

Film Series: "Eyes on the Prize," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center main video screen.

Jan. 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration March and Commemorative Bell Ringing, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Opening Ceremony, 11:30 a.m., Old Main steps; Closing Ceremony, 12:25 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. Contact: Tineke Cunning,

Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, all day. Contact: USG Day of Service co-directors Nicole Sandretto, and Adam Tarosky,

MLK Jr. Day of Service Celebration, 7 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium. Keynote speaker: Diane Nash.

Jan. 21

AT&T Center for Service Leadership's Spring 2003 Volunteer Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. Contact: Beth Bradley, (814) 863-4624.


For more information, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Web site at

Information about events at other University locations will be posted to the Web as it is received. For updates, check