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2012 Schedule of Events

January 12, 2012

Vanderbilt University Law School – Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture:

“Law in the Hands of an Angry God” by Retired Circuit Court Judge D’Army Bailey

12 noon – Flynn Auditorium – Free, Open to the Public, Lunch Provided

2012 MLK Law School Lecture Information

January 13-15

MLK Weekend of Service
Please plan to register for the MLK Weekend of Service where over 300 volunteer opportunities will be available through 16 unique student-led projects.  This year’s MLK Weekend of service will take place on Friday-Sunday, January 13-15.  Registration is now open.  If you and/or your organization would like to register to conduct a specific service project please CLICK HERE

The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) will assist with publicity for your service project and maintain a database of available volunteer opportunities. All Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff that want to participate in your MLK Weekend of Service project will be able to sign-up online through the OACS website.

CLICK HERE for an in depth description of available projects.

Welcome to Shelbyville - Documentary and Discussion

Friday, January 13th at 7pm in the Vanderbilt Divinity School Art Room

Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, “Welcome to Shelbyville” takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis grapple with their beliefs, their histories, and their evolving ways of life.

“Welcome to Shelbyville” is directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.

January 16, 2012

9:00 AM

Eyes on the Prize:  America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965
9AM-3PM • Showing at Sarratt Cinema

This Emmy-winning documentary from the PBS “American Experience” series uses newsreel footage and narratives from famous and everyday people to take viewers inside the struggle for civil rights during the crucial years of 1954 through ’65. Among the critical events discussed, the Montgomery bus boycott, the integration of schools in Little Rock, the murder of activists in Mississippi and Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking marches to freedom.

10:00 AM (Bus Pick Up Begins)

Nashville Freedom March • 11:15 AM
Departing from corner of 28th Avenue and Jefferson Street

Join hands and hearts with the greater Nashville community in a march that commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.  Come represent Vanderbilt at this inspiring march where people of all races from all across Middle Tennessee will come together.  This march needs you!  Make a memory!

Buses will arrive at Kirkland Circle, Branscomb Quadrangle and Murray House in The Martha Ingram Commons at 10:00 AM, and depart for the March at 10:45 AM to transport students to the corner of 28th Avenue and Jefferson Street.  A lite breakfast will be provided at each pickup site, and riders are advised to arrive at their preferred pickup site allowing enough time to receive a MLK T-shirt, and complete a liability form. Immediately after the march buses will be available from Noon-12:30 PM at the TSU Gentry Center to transport students back to campus.  For those staying for the Convocation, buses will be available from 2:00 PM thru 2:25 PM at the Gentry Center for the return to campus.

11:00 AM

Brother Outsider (Teach-In)

11:00 AM Showing and Discussion at the Black Cultural Center

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcasts on PBS’ P.O.V. series and on Logo/MTV, Brother Outsider has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin—a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  Randy Tarkington, Senior Director of Residential Education will lead a discussion following the film.  A box lunch will be provided for all recipients on a first-come, first serve basis as space is limited.

12 Noon-4PM

Nashville Freedom Ride
Leaving from Branscomb Circle at 12:15 PM

Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard will conduct a tour of significant sites in the civil rights movement in Nashville.  Buses will depart at 12:15 PM.  Participants will have lunch at historic Nashville Restaurant; Harper’s or Puckett’s downtown location.  Students must register and 50 participants will be selected at random.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11, 2012.  Winners will be notified after 5pm when registration closes and must then RSVP by Friday, January 13th at 8pm.

For more information and to participate contact Traci Ray.

12 Noon • 208 Light Hall

Dr. Debra Toney, Ph.D, RN

Presented by The School of Medicine and The School of Nursing

Dr. Debra Toney

Debra A. Toney, Ph.D, RN is the President and owner of TLC Health Care Services In Las Vegas, Nevada.  During her 27 years nursing career she has held a variety of leadership roles in interdisciplinary settings.  Dr. Toney is the former Chief Administrative Officer for Rainbow Medical Centers where she co-led the organization from a single office to one of the largest family practice/urgent centers in Las Vegas, Nevada.  In her role as Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Toney was responsible for all clinical and administrative activities for six full service urgent care centers and an outpatient diagnostic center.  In 1998 all six centers received accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations under her leadership and became the only independent organization in the state to receive this recognition.

Awards include Nevada Business Press Outstanding Health Care Leader, National Black Nurses Association Nurse Entrepreneur of the Year and others.  In 2006 she received Congressional Recognition from Nevada’s United States Congresswoman for her contributions to quality health care.  Woman to Watch in 2008, American Legacy Magazine Multicultural Health Care Award

Dr. Toney is the President of the National Black Nurses Association.  She serves on several advisory boards including the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, Chair of the Nevada State Office of Minority Health Advisory Committee, Nevada State Board of Health and a member of the Nominating Group of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Toney is active in several professional organizations and is Founder of the Southern Nevada Black Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nevada Nurses Association, Nevada Organization for Nurse Leaders and National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations where she is a member of the Board of Directors.

Following Dr. Toney’s address the medical school and nursing students will participate with select metro community agencies in community service.  For more information contact Jana Lauderdale at jana.lauderdale@Vanderbilt.Edu.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions
Rand Function Room and Martha Ingram Commons Multipurpose Room

Again this year, faculty and students will host stimulating discussions of their areas of study and the connections with Dr. King’s legacy.  Roundtables topics include Civility, Women’s Rights Internationally, Civil Disobedience Today, The Global Community and other topics reflecting on fostering the beloved community.  A sample of faculty presenting include Jemima Pierre, Lewis Baldwin, Mark Bandas, Marshall Eakin, Frank Wcislo, Houston Baker and Mark Forester.  A box lunch will be provided or all recipients on a first-come, first serve basis as space is limited.

Scheduled Round Tables:

Lewis Baldwin – Surviving in the Global Beloved Community:  Reclaiming the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr

Mark Dalhouse – John Lewis and the Nashville sit-in Movement and the Relationship between the Kennedy Administration and the Civil Rights Movement

Frank Wcislo & Trevor Geller – The Beloved Community through the Eyes of a 21 year old: 1972 vs. 2011

Mark Bandas & Sherif Barsoum – Civility at Vanderbilt

Brian Heuser – Women’s Rights Internationally

Mark Forrester – The Prophetic Image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

plus more…

1:00-2:00 PM

Art Exhibit Grand Opening – MLK Belongs To All:  The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial From The Lens Of Dr. Lucius T. Outlaw • Black Cultural Center

1PM • Reception and Opening (Lunch refreshments served) Co-Sponsored with Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni (AVBA)

Photographer and Vanderbilt Philosophy professor Dr. Lucius Outlaw, Jr., uniquely captures the images, faces and emotions of the October dedication in Washington D.C.  A reception will kick-off the exhibit at 1pm.

Exhibit • Open from 8AM-5PM, Monday-Friday • January 16-February 3.  For more information contact 615.322.2524.

1:30-3:20PM • Teach-Ins

1:30-2:20 PM • Hands Up:  Post Blackness, the N-Word and the B-Word – A Shift In Meaning?

Buttrick 102

Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, Trica Keaton will contextualize and explore the connotations, uses, and abuses of these widely used terms that touch many aspects of U.S. and global popular cultures.  Who can say the N-Word or B-Word today?  Who decides?  Who cares?

1:30-3:30 PM • Documentary Sing Your Song Viewing and Discussion

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons Multipurpose Room

Sing Your Song is an inspirational documentary about the legendary life of Harry Belefonte.  Professor Tiffany Patterson and Professor Richard Blackett discuss Belefonte’s significant contribution to and his leadership in America and to social justice globally.

2:00-3:30 PM • Documentary “Yes Ma’am” Viewing and Discussion

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons Multipurpose Room

A revealing, award-winning and, it must be said sometimes cringe-inducing peek into New Orleans’ past.  Long before the popularity of the book and film The Help, this film offers a portrait of the often-complicated relationship between the city’s domestic workers and their white employers.  Alice Randall, Vanderbilt University writer-in-residence, will lead a discussion following the film.

2:30-3:20 • Solidarity

Buttrick 102

David Gray, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, will present the conceptions of solidarity and the civil rights movement (e.g. who should be included in the civil rights movement and to what ends).

3:30 PM

Vanderbilt Student Voices

Sarratt Student Center

Come out and witness the voices of Vanderbilt students as they reflect and share their thoughts and opinions on this year’s theme, “Fostering The Beloved Community.” Performers will include Vanderbilt Spoken Word and Open Mic performances.  Also, share your thoughts in writing on the MLK Wall Boards.  The boards will be placed in prominent areas near Sarratt to allow students the flexibility to participate at any time utilizing a different media.

6:30 PM

MLK Keynote Address • Langford Auditorium

(For free tickets, please call 615-343-3361 or stop by Sarratt Student Center Box Office)

6:30 • Opening Performances

Performances by Voices of Praise, Jeremiah Generation, Victory A Cappella and the Blair Chamber Choir.

6:45 • Essay Contest Readings

The winners of the MLK Essay Contest from middle and high schools will recite their essays before the keynote address by Congressman John Lewis.


7:00 PM

  • Welcome:  Chancellor Nick Zeppos
  • Introduction of Keynote – Brittany Watts, Black Student Alliance President and Adam Meyer, Vanderbilt Student Government President.

Keynote Address: U.S. Congressman John Lewis • Langford Auditorium

  • “Fostering The Beloved Community” (Tickets required). Tickets are free and available through Sarratt Cinema Box Office.  Student tickets available on December 1st.  General Admission tickets available on January 3rd.  Contact Sarratt Box Office at 615.322.2425.
  • Reception Immediately Following Keynote
  • U.S. Congressman John Lewis
  • U.S. Congressman John Lewis is often called ”one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.  He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama.  He grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama.  As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts.  In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement.As a student at American Baptist College, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. Lewis risked his life on those Rides many times by simply sitting in seats reserved for white patrons.  He was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South.During the height of the Movement, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963. In 1964, John Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the Civil Rights Movement.   Hosea Williams, another notable Civil Rights leader, and John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965.  They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state.  The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as “Bloody Sunday.”   News broadcasts and photographs revealing the senseless cruelty of the segregated South helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence.In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. While serving on the Council, he was an advocate for ethics in government and neighborhood preservation. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. He is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, a member of its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight.John Lewis holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University, and he is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities and is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford’s Theatre, the Capital Award of the National Council of La Raza,  the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, the NAACP Spingarn Medal, and the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for Lifetime Achievement. The Timberland Company has developed the John Lewis Award, which honors the his commitment to humanitarian service by acknowledging members of society who perform outstanding humanitarian work.  And the company has established a John Lewis Scholarship Fund.

Parking Information: The gate for the 25th Avenue Garage will open on the 25th Avenue Side beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 1/16/12. Also see the Medical Center Shuttle Services Maps. For questions regarding this matter, please email debra.j.flowers@vanderbilt.edu. For campus maps and other parking related information CLICK HERE.


9:00 PM

Candlelight Vigil at Benton Chapel

Join us for an inspirational evening Candlelight Vigil. This interfaith service will include a message offered by Brandon McCormack, a doctoral student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, VU Spoken Word, music by an undergraduate student jazz quartet and choral ensembles as well as university organist Jonathan Setzer, prayers, prophetic sacred readings, and candlelight. The Vigil will offer an opportunity to reflect on the rich experiences of the day, to give thanks for the shining light Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to have in our lives, and to look forward with hope as we light candles that illumine the darkness. The Vigil will include the leadership of VU undergraduate students as well as the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students.

In Conjunction

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center MLK Commemorative Lecture

Monday, January 23, 2012

4:10 p.m.

Room 241 Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle

Reception following lecture

Rud Turnbull, B.A., Ll.B., Ll.M.

Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Life Span Studies

University of Kansas

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability

Free at Last: Kennedy, King, and the Meaning of Liberty for Individuals with Intellectual and Related Developmental Disabilities

Mr. Turnbull will discuss the meaning of liberty for individuals and families affected by disability. He will trace its origins to the early years of this country, its meanings as stated by President Kennedy and Dr. King, and the significance of the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education for individuals with disabilities. He will then describe the nature of rights, the import of the doctrine of the least restrictive environment, the reasons why liberty is more of an ideal than a reality for individuals and their families, and the appeal of liberty to conservatism and liberalism. Bringing theory into action, he will conclude by discussing the meaning of liberty for individuals and their families, the nature of advocacy necessary to increase liberty for them, and the type of liberty that benefitted his son, Jay, who had developmental disabilities and died in 2009.

Mr. Turnbull has won numerous service and leadership awards, including the 2004 Franklin Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from The Arc of USA and the 2011 J.W. Wallace Wallin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Council for Exceptional Children. He has co-authored three books on public education family life, and numerous articles and book chapters on self determination, public policy, access to health care for individuals with developmental disabilities, and family support.

Lecture co-sponsors:

Department of Political Science

Department of Special Education

Vanderbilt Law School