MLK Jr. Week at Marietta

mlk-week14Marietta College’s Office of Civic Engagement has eight programs scheduled for MLK Week, which will run from Jan. 20-28.

The activities begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 with three events — Listen Up!, Civil Right 101 Brown Bag Lunch and Al Letson Speaks. Listen Up is a film loop of speeches from civil rights movements from the past that will feature King, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony. This will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Office of Civic Engagement.

The Brown Bag Lunch features Dr. McKinzie Craig of the Department of Political Science, discussing the basics of civil rights in the U.S. The program runs from noon-1 p.m. in Thomas 113.

Letson, who will speak at 6 p.m. in the Great Room of Andrews Hall, is a storyteller and performance poet who will speak about Bayard Ruston, a black, gay, Quaker who organized the March on Washington and counseled King on nonviolent resistance. This program is sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, the Department of Political Science will host Pizza & Politics: Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties at 5:30 p.m. in Thomas 124.

Starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, there will be “An Evening with Dr. King,” which features an honorary reading of MLK’s speech from March of 1967 at Marietta College’s Ban Johnson Fieldhouse.

There will be a Candlelight Ceremony for Nelson Mandela at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium, followed by a Super Saturday of Service starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. The service will be held at Izzy’s and will provide volunteers with a chance to write letters in support of civil rights and contribute to a Quilt of Justice.

The final program is “Modern Day Civil Rights Movement,” which will be a discussion led by Dr. Alex Perry, Assistant Professor of Leadership, and Dr. Jamie Moshin, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.

Other offices helping sponsor the activities during MLK Week are Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Political Science, Office of Alumni Relations amd Office of Campus Involvement.

For more information: Cristie Thomas, clt003@marietta.edu or (740) 376-4739.

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