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2018 Schedule of Events

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Vanderbilt University Commemoration
January 12-15, 2018

Justice Through Collective Action: Fighting Oppression without Suppression

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Schedule of Events

For the most up-to-date information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

Friday, January 12th

MLK Kickoff
12:00 p.m. • Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Come out and enjoy great soul food and fellowship as we officially kick off the MLK Commemoration.

Friday-Sunday, January 12th-15th

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 Rev. Dr. King in seeking justice and challenging the discourse on civil (dis)obedience. 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/mlkweekendofservice/

Monday, January 15th

10:00 a.m.
Nashville Freedom March
Leaving from The Ingram Commons at Murray Circle (sign up in Ingram House) and Kirkland Circle (Breakfast Refreshments).

Buses for the 2018 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 9:15 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 12 Noon. Immediately after the march, buses will be available from 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. at the TSU’s Gentry Center to transport students back to campus.

To sign up for the March, please fill out the form here.

11:30 a.m. – 5:00 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 Swett’s Restaurant, 2725 Clifton Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
1:00-5:00 p.m.     Tour by Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown

This is an RSVP event (priority given to Vanderbilt students), please contact Nadine.delarosa@vanderbilt.edu for more information.


11:30 a.m.
MLK Lunchtime Performances
Sarratt Cinema

Afternoon Teach-Ins • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Teach-In (A)
Activism and Sports
Location:  Sarratt Cinema

Teach-In (B)
Monuments, Public Memory and Cultural Amnesia
Location:  Divinity School Reading Room

Teach-In (C)

Politics of Natural Disaster Relief Response
Location:  Ingram Commons MPR

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Teach-In (D)
Arts and Activism
Location:  Ingram Commons MPR

Teach-In (E)
Freedom of Expression and Suppression of Speech
Location:  Divinity School Reading Room

Teach-In (F)
Housing, Gentrification, and Transportation in Nashville
Location: Sarratt Cinema

MLK Keynote Address
Professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Langford Auditorium

Tickets are free and available through the Sarratt Cinema Box Office on Dec. 1st.

6:30 p.m.
Welcome and introduction by Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Frank E. Dobson, Jr.

6:35 p.m.
Candlelight Vigil
Join us for an inspirational interfaith service that bears witness to the shining light that Rev. 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 Assistant Dean Rev. Dr. Amy Steele for coordinating the planning of this service.

6:45 p.m.
MLK Middle and High School Essay/Poetry/Spoken Word Contest Winners

For complete essays and poems please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

7:00 p.m.
Welcome by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
Introductions by Karlin Compton, Black Student Association President and
Jacqueline Cox, Vanderbilt Student Government President

MLK Keynote: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Q and A

In-Conjunction Events-TBD

We would like to thank all of our gracious sponsors. For a complete listing of sponsors as well as speaker bios and other information please go to our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

 


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