MLK Day Celebration 2019: "A Time to Break Silence"MLK Jr.

Mark your calendar and clear the day! The excitement is building for a full day of service, learning and celebration on and off campus Monday, January 21, in honor of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? Habukuk 1:13

Friday, January 18

7 p.m. –  Church Cleaning at Bethel AME Church

Saturday, January 19

Noon – Church Cleaning at John Wesley United Methodist and Newtown Cemetery cleaning

Due to pending weather, the cemetery clean-up will be rescheduled for a later date.

Sunday, January 20

Rides leave University Commons at 10:30 a.m.

11 a.m. – Community Church Service at Bethel AME Church with The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

1 p.m. – Community luncheon at John Wesley United Methodist Church

Monday, January 21

8 a.m.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Breakfast at Lucy Simms Center, Harrisonburg

9:30 a.m.  Solidarity March at Thomas Plaza

10 a.m.  Convocation Program and Talk Back in Lehman Auditorium with The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, an activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician from St. Louis, Missouri. (See more information below)

11:15 a.m.  Reading Circles of Speeches and Sermons with Brian Martin Burkholder in the Campus Center 100 and Carrie Bert in the Athletic Suite.

11:15 a.m.  Lecture: “Remembering the Confederacy: A Monumental Debate,” with Professor Mark Sawin, Discipleship Center

11:15 a.m.  Workshop: Safe Zone Training (students only), with Matt Hunsberger, UC 211/212

11:15 a.m.   Workshop: Racial Equity Leadership Institute, with Professor Melody Pannell and members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Seminary Building 215

11:45 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new campus barbershop/salon in University Commons

1:15 p.m.  Lecture: “Remembering the Confederacy: A Monumental Debate,” with Professor Mark Sawin, Discipleship Center

1:15 p.m.  Workshop: Safe Zone Training (faculty and staff), with Matt Hunsberger, UC 211/212

1:15 p.m.  Workshop: Emancipatory Hope in Action: Strategies for Awareness, Assessment and Social Justice Advocacy, with Professor Melody Pannell and members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Seminary Building 215

1:15 p.m. – Workshop: Non-violent Protest with Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou (2 hours), Campus Center 105

1:15 p.m.  Harriet Tubman Museum Tour, 2065 Reservoir St., with Stan Maclin. Rides leave University Commons at 1 p.m.

2:15 p.m.  Harriet Tubman Museum Tour, 2065 Reservoir St., with Stan Maclin. Rides leave University Commons at 2 p.m.

3:30 p.m.  Movie Showing: Hidden Figures, with Professor Tara Kisbaugh, Suter Science Center 106

7 p.m.  Movie Showing: Al Helm: MLK in Palestine, with moderator Dr. Bob Bersson, CIE visiting Jewish scholar. Sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Engagement, Suter Science Center, Room 106

Harrisonburg area community events

2 p.m.  People’s Day March hosted by the Martin Luther King Jr. Way Coalition

6 p.m.   James Madison University Formal Program with speaker Dr. Brittany Cooper

7:30 p.m.   Bridgewater College Endowed Lecture with Nikki Giovanni

In Washington D.C. with the Washington Community Scholars Center

THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED: WCSC hosts students for visits to the Anacostia neighborhood, the MLK Memorial and FDR Memorial; participation in the MLK Parade in Anacostia; and a service project with Little Friends for Peace. (This trip is full; please arrive at University Commons at 6 a.m.)

Service Projects

  • Throughout the day, gift cards will be collected at all events in support of those on and off campus dealing with hunger.
  • Service projects are also being conducted with Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (assembling kits), Bridge of Hope (updating local church records), Mercy House (working on a bulletin board), and Vine & Fig (groups will paint the interior and work on garden space at the new Madison Street house, and work on spreading gravel on Northend Greenway). Due to pending weather, the Vine & Fig service work has been rescheduled.

More on the Convocation Speaker Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, of St. Louis, Missouri, is an activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician. To learn more about his many academic, spiritual and artistic works, visit his website.

After Michael Brown Jr.’s killing, he travelled to Ferguson to organize alongside local and national groups on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the country’s oldest interfaith peace organization. At that time, he was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute. He also spent six weeks in Charlottesville, Virginia, training clergy in response to the Unite the Right rally.

 Among his many musical and cultural works are the May 2017 release “In Times Like These,” produced by the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars, and several books on the topics of religion, democracy and culture, including the forthcoming Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop and the Meaning of the London Riots 2011 (Hamilton Books).


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