Morehouse College Invites Community To Celebrate Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
As Morehouse College observes its 150th anniversary, a line-up of community events is being planned to honor the life and legacy of Morehouse’s most accomplished graduate, Martin Luther King Jr.
The three-week celebration, hosted by Morehouse College and the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, will feature seven events that highlight King and his peaceful crusade for racial equality.
The celebration begins Jan. 13 with the launch of a new exhibit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The exhibit, “Martin Luther King Jr. and Morehouse College: The Making of the Man,” will span King’s undergraduate years at Morehouse, and focus on the close connection he maintained with his alma mater throughout his life. Several King artifacts will be on display at the exhibit, which will be featured in the “Voice to the Voiceless Gallery” at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.
“Martin Luther King Jr. is the measure of a Morehouse Man,” said Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson Jr. “He exhibited all of the attributes that Morehouse Men strive to achieve – integrity, acuity, agency, and brotherhood. He led a consequential life that impacted the nation. We are inspired by his life and legacy, and the sacrifice he made to change the narrative of American history by opening the doors of democracy for a people who had long been shut out because of the color of their skin.”
The 2017 Morehouse College Celebration of King will inspire the community to get active in efforts to fight injustices still facing minorities and the economically disadvantaged. Attendees can participate in an interfaith candlelight vigil, a day of community service, and join the community conversation at King lectures featuring newsmakers Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III, among others.
Our 2017 King Celebration events include:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
“Martin Luther King Jr. and Morehouse College: The Making of the Man” Exhibit in the “Voice to the Voiceless Gallery” of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta.
Contact: (678) 999-8990 or civilandhumanrights.org. Museum hours run 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults and free for children under age three.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Interfaith Candlelight Vigil, 6-7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College.
More info: Contact the Rev. Terry Walker at (470) 639-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Bonner Day of Service (Students Perform Community Service), 8 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College.
More info: Contact Monty Whitney at email@example.com.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
“The State of Black Men In America” panel discussion, 7 p.m., Bank of America Auditorium, Walter E. Massey Leadership Center, Morehouse College.
More info: Michael Southern at (470) 639-0236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Crown Forum lecture “Learning and Living the Moral Cosmopolitan Way: A Quest for the Beloved World Community,” 11 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College.
Speakers: The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation; pastor of Saint John’s Church; and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission.
More info: Contact the Rev. Terry Walker at (470) 639-0325 or email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25
Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series “Where Do We Go From Here: An Intergenerational Conversation,” 5:30 p.m., Bank of America Auditorium, Walter E. Massey Leadership Center, Morehouse College.
Speakers: Martin Luther King III ’79; the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock ’91; State Rep. Stacey Abrams; and Ambassador Andrew Young.
More info: Contact Dr. Vicki Crawford at (470) 639-0569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
King Collection Open House and Atlanta University Center-Wide Reading and Discussion Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Publishing of the Book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” 5 p.m. Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Speakers: Faculty facilitators include Professor Illya Davis ’89; and Dr. Leah Creque, Morehouse College; Dr. Cynthia Spence, Spelman College; Dr. Teri Platt, Clark Atlanta University; and Dr. Daniel Shin, Interdenominational Theological Seminary.