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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vanderbilt University Commemoration
January 17-20, 2014

“Do Justice”

In his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the following:  “Now is the time to make justice a reality.”   Earlier that year, Dr. King wrote in his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”   These stirring words by Dr. King bring to mind the ancient adage, “to do justice and love kindness.”   As individuals, citizens of the world and members of the Vanderbilt community, how can we “do justice?”  What are some ways that we all can contribute positively to issues of justice in our world today?   During our celebration of the MLK Holiday, we would like to ask, and answer, how we can, collectively, and individually, contribute to the cause of “justice” which was at the heart of the civil rights movement.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 17th

Black Cultural Center MLK Kickoff Luncheon
12:00 p.m. • Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Come out and enjoy great food and fellowship as we officially kick off the MLK Commemoration.  Our program will include a sneak peek at the new MLK art exhibit from New York artist Eric Etheridge.

Friday – Sunday, January 17th-19th

MLK Weekend of Action
OACS invites you to join the Vanderbilt community in a weekend of action and reflection as we honor the contributions of Dr. King in seeking justice and challenging the discourse on civil (dis)obedience. This year we will also honor the contributions of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as an example of justice and equality worldwide.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for projects that address specific community needs through intentional service and action.  For more info please link to: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/serve-in-nashville/weekends-of-service/mlk-weekend-of-service/

Monday, January 20th

10:00 a.m.
Nashville Freedom March

Leaving from The Ingram Commons at Murray Circle and Kirkland Circle
(Breakfast Refreshments)
Buses for the 2014 Freedom March arrive for pick up at 9:00 a.m. at Kirkland Circle and Murray Circle in The Ingram Commons. The buses depart campus at 9:25 a.m. and transport students to the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and 28th Avenue North. The march will start at 10:00 a.m., and will arrive at TSU’s Gentry Center at 11:00 a.m. Immediately after the march, buses will be available from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the TSU’s Gentry Center to transport students back to campus.

Sign up for the Nashville Freedom March here. All March participants will receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt and a complimentary breakfast.

11:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nashville Freedom Ride

Leaving from Branscomb Circle Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard will conduct a tour of significant sites in the civil rights movement in Nashville.

11:30-11:45     • Students check in at Branscomb
12:00 p.m.         • Lunch at Harper’s Soul Food Restaurant
1:00-5:00 p.m.  • Tour by Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown

12:00 p.m.
MLK Lunchtime Symposium
Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

Elliott Ozment, Nashville Civil Rights and Immigration Attorney
Why We Can’t Wait

Elliott Ozment focuses on the plight of brown people today, highlighting the many similarities to the struggle of black people in the Civil Rights era.  Ozment draws on King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, which he believes is the best exposition of civil rights/human rights in the English language.  Ozment will present the case that the rights of immigrants is the human rights struggle of our time in this country.

12:00 p.m. • 208 Light Hall
Dr. Courtney H. Lyder

Dean, UCLA School of Nursing
To Dream Again:  Lessons From My Mentors

School of Nursing and Medical School Keynote Speaker (In conjunction activity)
Afternoon Service Opportunities with the School of Nursing and Medical School

Afternoon Teach-Ins
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Teach In (A)
“Movie Moments” with Danny Glover
• Sarratt Cinema
Our MLK keynote speaker, Danny Glover will be on stage with moderators Dr. Frank E. Dobson, Jr. and Producer/Director Carolyn McDonald to explore some of Glover’s most memorable roles and examine his use of film to inspire social activism.  Closing remarks and reflection by Prof. Alice Randall.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Teach-In (B)
Breach of Peace:  Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders
• Black Cultural Center
Photographer Eric Etheridge presents the stories behind his powerful exhibit of the Freedom Riders including mug shots which bring to light the enormous struggles of those who faced senseless violence and staggering injustice while leading the charge for civil rights and justice for all people.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Teach In (C)
Reflections on Social Justice In a Global Context:  Martin, Mandela, Means, and Their Movements

The Ingram Commons Multi-Purpose Room

Moderated by Prof. Paul Lim, the panel features civil rights journalist John Seigenthaler, Vice Chancellor David Williams, Prof. Clive Mentzel, and VU students discussing their views of the American civil rights movement and comparing it to the South African struggle against apartheid, as well as the American Indian struggle, led by Russell Means.   The discussion aims to help attendees gain more insight into social justice movements historically and globally, while also helping them to see how they might continue the movement toward justice in their own unique ways.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reflections on Service and Social Justice •
OACS Lounge (305 Sarratt/Rand)
Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

Students, faculty and staff who dedicated time to service over the weekend are invited to reflect with us on their experiences through the lens of our great social justice leaders, MLK Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

For more info please link to: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/2013/12/mlk-jr-weekend-of-action/

MLK Keynote:
An Evening with Danny Glover

6:30 p.m.
Opening Performances • Langford Auditorium
Vanderbilt Choir, Voices of Praise, Victory A Cappella

6:45 p.m.
MLK Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners’ Recital

1st and 2nd Place Winners from High Schools and Middle Schools recite their essays/poems.

7:00 p.m.
Welcome by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
Introductions by Morgan Franklin, Black Student Alliance President and Isaac Escamilla, Vanderbilt Student Government President
MLK Keynote:  An Evening with Danny Glover
Moderated by Distinguished Professor Dale P. Andrews of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, this keynote presents an evening of engaging discussion with actor/activist Danny Glover.  Glover will talk about his career as an actor and his many endeavors as a social activist.  Community and campus questions will be answered by Glover throughout the evening.

UPDATE: All tickets for the MLK keynote event featuring Danny Glover have been distributed. Those without a ticket may line up in the “no ticket” line at Langford Auditorium prior to the event. Late seating may be available, but admission to Langford Auditorium is not guaranteed. Overflow audience can watch live video of Glover’s talk in Light Hall, Room 208. No ticket is required for the overflow room.

8:10 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil (following keynote)

Join us for an inspirational interfaith service that bears witness to the shining light that Dr. Martin Luther King was in our world and to the continuing light of his legacy among us. Vanderbilt University and Divinity School students will lead this service. Thanks to Professor Rev. Dr. Dale Andrews and Assistant Dean Rev. Dr. Amy Steele for coordinating the planning of this service.

8:30 p.m.
Reception in Light Hall Lobby(Light Refreshments)

In Conjunction Activities

Monday, January 20th
12:00 p.m.
208 Light Hall
Vanderbilt School of Nursing and School of Medicine

Dr. Courtney H. Lyder

Dean, UCLA School of Nursing
To Dream Again:  Lessons From My Mentors

Thursday, January 23rd
12:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Law School Renaissance Room (1st Floor)

Dr. Kenneth Mack
The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer

4:10 p.m.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Dr. Velma McBride Murry
Re-Examining the MLK Dream:  Paradoxical Life Patterns of African Americans


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