Martin Luther King Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr in several images

2018 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Events Series

Complete Schedule of Events


Sunday, January 14

Sho Baraka, Spoken Word & Rap

Sho Baraka is an American Christian hip-hop artist and writer who blends his artistic platform with his academic learnings to contribute a unique perspective in both arenas in hopes of raising the standard, thereby raising the culture.
Larsen Student Union, 8:00-9:30pm

Monday, January 15

MLK Day of Service: Community Projects

In the spirit of Dr. King's commitment to service, the Agape Cente is coordinating projects with local non-profits the morning of MLK Day. Due to project types, spaces are limited.
Off-campus, 8:30am – 1:30pm
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Tuesday, January 16


Common Chapel: Mrs. Juanita Abernathy

Mrs. Abernathy is a thought provoking speaker who exudes an aura and presence of positive energy wherever she goes and has touched thousands of people around the world with her message of hope, empowerment, and justice for all. Her work and personal sacrifices throughout the revolutionary civil rights movement have inextricably connected her to a lifelong struggle in pursuit of human rights and peace around the world. From her house being bombed by violent hate groups to her husband’s numerous arrests during the civil rights movement, she captures the spirit of the African American fight for freedom and human dignity.
Worship led by Messiah College’s UVP Gospel Choir.
Brubaker Auditorium, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Evening Chapel

Mrs. Juanita Abernathy

Spend more time listening to Mrs. Abernathy’s story on the Civil Rights Movement and her part in it.
Hostetter Chapel, 7:00 – 8:00PM

Wednesday, January 17

Open Council

"Present Stories from the Past: Reflecting on the Civil Rights Bus Tour". Hear from faculty, staff and students on their experience journeying on the annual Civil Rights Bus Tour, learning about MLK's dream and racial reconcilation. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
Free event.
Parmer Cinema, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20 & Saturday, January 21

SAB Lost Films

I Am Not Your Negro, inspired by James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, is a collection of notes and letters written by Baldwin in the mid-1970s. The memoir recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers.
Click here to watch the trailer of I Am Not Your Negro:
Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall, Friday at 6 & 9PM, Saturday at 3, 6 & 9PM
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