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Martin Luther King Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr in several images

2017 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Events Series

Complete Schedule of Events

January month-long

Civil Rights Movement told through children’s books.
Murray Library display

Tuesday, January 10

Vespers:  A Prayer Vigil for Dr. King’s Dream

A quick look at the headlines reminds us that Dr. King’s dream of peace and access to opportunity for all people is still a distant one for many Americans.  Join us for a time to reflect on our own longings for peace and to pray for our divided and hurting nation.
Parmer Hall, 7pm

Wednesday, January 11

Open Council

Attend a dinner and hear from faculty and staff on their experience journeying on the annual Civil Rights Bus Tour, learning about MLK’s dream and racial reconciliation.
RSVP to by Friday 1/6/17. Free event but spaces are limited.
Boyer Howe Atrium, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 15

Micah Bournes, Spoken Word Poet

Micah is a creative man of faith. In addition to performing poetry and music, he often speaks and teaches on creative writing, pursuing justice, and the way of Jesus.
Larsen Student Union, 7:30-9:00pm

Monday, January 16

MLK Day of Service: Unity Celebration with Bethesda Youth Center

A celebration with youth about the vision of Dr. King! Activities, food & spoken word performance
Off-campus, 9am – 3pm
For more information or to register, visit

Tuesday, January 17

Common Chapel: Lisa McNair, Birmingham, AL native

Lisa is the sister of Denise McNair, one of the 4 girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Lisa was born just 1 year after her sister’s death. Lisa's hope is that lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement and the lives lost will never be forgotten but always present to help us to remember never to repeat the horrible evilness of that time.
Worship led by Messiah College’s UVP Gospel Choir.
Brubaker Auditorium, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Evening Chapel

Lisa McNair

Listen to Lisa as she shares her memoir detailing her life as part of the first generation of African-Americans experiencing freedom in this country following the Civil Rights Movement. The book highlights the unique experiences she had integrating into a new society; it’s not what you would think.
Parmer Hall, 7:00 – 8:00PM

Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21

SAB Lost Films

Loving, the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Click here to watch the trailer of Loving:
Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall, Friday at 6 & 9PM, Saturday at 3, 6 & 9PM
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