Martin Luther King Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr in several images

2022 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Events Series


Murray Library Black Achievment:Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Inspiring the Future Display

January 10 - February 28, 2022
Murray Library has several displays that commemorate MLK and black achievements. Our foyer display focuses on opportunities to follow Dr. King’s lead through service here on campus and in the community. The large display case is entitled “Black Achievement: Honoring the past, celebrating the present, inspiring the future.”  The Great Reads Shelf celebrates the library’s newest themed room, which houses “The Bridge to Freedom” children’s book collection. Check out these displays between January 10th and February 28th.

Podcast: “Dr. King’s Legacy” – January 18th – 21st

In conjunction with the Pulse, Multicultural Council will be releasing several podcasts featuring members of our campus community as they reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and how it applies to them today.

Experience, I AM A MAN, a virtual reality (VR) experience by Derek Ham of
the historic events of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Serve with the Harrisburg community.


Tuesday, January 18,2022

Common Chapel, featuring guest speaker, Ms. Lisa McNair

Worship led by Messiah University’s UVP Gospel Choir | Brubaker Auditorium, 9:30a.m.–10:15 a.m.

A native of Birmingham, Lisa McNair is the younger sister of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. By sharing the story of Denise’s life and tragic death, Lisa hopes that the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement will never be forgotten, but will inspire us to be a better nation. 

Bridge to Freedom Children's Collection

Open House and Refreshments | Lower Level of Murray Library, 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly designed space featuring a collection of children's books donated by Dr. Todd, Lonette, and Bryce Allen.

Evening Chapel, featuring guest speaker, Ms. Lisa McNair

Hostetter Chapel, 7:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Featured Lottie Lunch Menu of MLK Favorites

Menu: Buttermilk Biscuits, Southern Fried Catfish, Memphis BBQ Ribs, Macaroni & Cheese, Kickin’ Collard Greens, and Peach Cobbler | 11:00am - 2:00pm Lottie Nelson Dining Hall


Thursday, January 20, 2022

MLK Trivia

Larsen Student Union, 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Come out to the Union on Thursday night to learn about Dr. King and his legacy through some trivia questions. There will be five rounds of trivia and they will be about Dr. King and other prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.


Friday, January 21, 2022

SAB Lost Films featuring The Best of Enemies

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall | 6:00p.m.

SAB presents The Best of Enemies. The Best of Enemies is the true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever. The film centers around themes of racial reconciliation and features the nonviolent discourse which Martin Luther King Jr. sought to bring about in America. 


Saturday, January 22, 2022

SAB Lost Films featuring The Best of Enemies

Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall | 6:00p.m. & 9:00p.m.



Our purpose is to reflect together on the vision and Christian ministry of Dr. King for the purpose of encouraging and cultivating a deeper commitment to be God's agents of justice, peace and reconciliation.


Sponsored by: Multicultural & International Student Programs, Office of Diversity Affairs, Agape Center, Campus Ministries, Multicultural Council, Murray Library, Learning Technology Services, Dining Services, Student Activities Board, and Office of Student Engagement.

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