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Friend, confidant, of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at EMU – 52 years after first visit in segregated era

When civil rights leader Vincent Harding visited Eastern Mennonite University 52 years ago, he knew that Mennonites had refused to own slaves during the slavery era. But he was surprised to see in 1962 that they were doing little to protest segregation and other racial injustices around them. Harding also knew that EMU was the first historically white colleges in Virginia to admit Africa ...More

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Professors warn against “domestication” of Martin Luther King Jr., urge renewed focus on all forms of inequality

Two Eastern Mennonite University professors – one white and one black – gave back-to-back chapel talks in the past week that highlighted the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his compatriots on the past, present and (they hope) future of their university. Addressing a well-filled Lehman Auditorium on Jan. 17, ...More

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EMU applauds success of renaming street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

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CJP grad addresses tens of thousands at MLK anniversary march in D.C., decrying U.S.-fostered violence

Speaking to tens of thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Saturday (08/24/13), EMU grad Michael Shank cited Martin Luther King Jr.’s abhorrence of U.S.-sponsored violence around the world. In a two-minute speech marking the 50th anniversary of King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, S ...More

Shane Claibourne, Christian activist and bestselling author, addresses hundreds in Lehman Auditorium of Eastern Mennonite University on lessons to be drawn from Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo by Lindsey Kolb)

Shane Claiborne Challenges Students to Address Injustice

For Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) student Brad Mullet, part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means volunteerism. (Check out photos of MLK Day!) Mullet, a 19-year-old sophomore from Berlin, Ohio, joined fellow students Monday afternoon helping to clean up Blacks Run in Harrisonburg. The volunteer project was ...More

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Shane Claiborne To Lead EMU in Remembering King

Prominent Christian activist, author and dynamic speaker, Shane Claiborne, will lead Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during university chapel on Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. In addition, EMU is teaming up with the United Way of ...More

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Youth to Retrace Civil Rights Steps

Twenty high school students from Mississippi will travel in July to commemorate the journeys of many African-American and European-American pioneers of the American civil rights movement. The event, called Writing a New History Civil Rights Youth Pilgrimage, is being planned by “Coming to the Table,” a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite Uni ...More

EMU to Remember, Celebrate Dr. King

EMU will celebrate ‘The Man, Work and Life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a series of events Jan. 16-19, beginning with a university chapel on Friday themed ‘MLK: the Man.’ Read more… ...More

EMU Grad to Lead ‘King’ Observances, Other Events

Leonard M. Dow, pastor of Oxford Circle Mennonite Church and EMU alum, will lead EMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. observances. A 1987 EMU graduate who is pastor of a growing, multi-ethnic congregation in Philadelphia will be on campus Jan. 18-23 to interact with students and facul ...More

EMU to Observe ‘Dialogue on Race Week’

The late Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that “the sons of former slaves and slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” This year’s Dialogue on Race Week program, Nov. 6- ...More