Multicultural Student Organization plans 25th annual event

JAN. 11 – Trine University’s Multicultural Student Organization (MSO) is marking its 25th year and invites community members to join in its Peace, Diversity and Unity celebration in February.

A keynote speaker and themed dinner are key elements of the celebration that includes an evening of culture and music to highlight Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and Black History Month.

Tim Lake, Ph.D., pastor of Union Baptist Church, will deliver the keynote address. Lake will talk about how the MSO represents peace, diversity and unity. He will also honor King’s legacy and discuss how the message continues to resonate peace, diversity and unity throughout the nation. Lake is cofounder of the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute at Bowling Green State University and former director of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash College.

“The impending ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of affirmative action practices, the Black Lives Matters movement and the wave of diversity activism that is sweeping through college and university campuses makes this a fitting moment to address King's legacy and the commitment to creating ‘a more perfect union’,” Lake said.

To mark the 25th year, MSO will host two choirs from Pilgrim Baptist and Union Baptist churches in Fort Wayne. There will also be presentations about the history of Trine’s MSO and performances by Trine University students.

Bon Appetit, Trine’s food service provider, will host a soul food fest dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in Whitney Commons, Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, 720 Thunder Drive. Cost is $12.64 for adults, $6.31 for children 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6.

This milestone celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 in Fabiani Theatre in University Center. The celebration will kick off with events throughout the week leading up to the 25th anniversary program on Feb. 5.