PITTSBURG — Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated with a formal ball, a first time event open to Pittsburg State University students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Ball will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at the Overman Student Center. Admission is free.

“We wanted to do something here at PittState to celebrate his name and invite the community  to celebrate all he has done and where we are today,” Student Diversity Programs Assistant Director Harold Wallace said.

The event is hosted by the Student Diversity office and the PSU Black Student Association.

Wallace said he hopes it will be a yearly event and in the future be a scholarship ball.

"We wanted to put this event together to create a tangible yearly tradition to commemorate the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.," Wallace said in a release.

A few students will do artistic interpretation of one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes.

"It is a formal event, so you can expect some of the finest in fashion including suits, dresses, and other formal attire," Wallace said in the release. "There will be artistic interpretations of one of Dr. King's quotes performed by multiple students in the areas of poetry, music, dance, and art."
Light refreshments will be served and there will be a live DJ for entertainment.  
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.