Events To Honor Legacy Of Morehouse’s Esteemed Alumnus

Date Released: January 8, 2020

ATLANTA—Morehouse College is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday month with a lineup of more than a dozen free events to commemorate his life and legacy.

King’s vision for the nation and his commitment to love, peace, and social justice will be highlighted during the festivities, which are being organized in collaboration with the Office of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, a hub for King programming and historic documents at Morehouse College.

“Over 50 years since his death, Dr. King’s ideas and nonviolent philosophy still resonate and provide insight on living in a multi-racial, multi-cultural world. Now more than ever, as we continue to face mounting global injustice and escalating forms of violence and human destruction, King’s commitment to ending racism, poverty and war is one we embrace and honor here at Morehouse College,” Dr. Vicki Crawford, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. “This year’s theme for the MLK observance reflects King’s vision of the beloved community, an all-inclusive ideal that recognizes the interconnectedness among people across differences of race, class, gender, religion and culture.”

King Month festivities will begin on Jan. 18 with an exhibition of Morehouse College King Collection artifacts on display at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Other featured events will be held at Morehouse throughout the month of January, including a candle-lighting ceremony, human rights film screenings, a workshop on worker’s rights, and motivational talks.

More than 500 people have registered to attend the lecture by the Honorable Stacey Abrams “Where Do We Go from Here? Building Community and Political Power in 2020 and Beyond,” which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center. Abrams, founder of Fair Fight and a former Georgia House Democratic leader, made history in 2018 as the first black female to earn a Georgia gubernatorial nomination. She will challenge the audience to honor King by voting in national, state, and local races, and discuss her efforts to protect the voting rights of poor and minority residents across Georgia.

King’s spiritual values will also be discussed in a talk at 11 a.m. on Jan. 23 by the Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors, Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Evanston, IL. Then, on Jan. 24, award-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones will reflect on the history of people of African descent in America, a theme depicted in the “1619 Project” she developed for New York Times Magazine to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans. The event will be held at Morehouse College’s African American Hall of Fame.

Following the historical perspective, a roundtable discussion that recalls King’s support for union workers and the progress of current labor movements “Championing Workers’ Rights and Youth Strategies” will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center. Members of the International Operating Engineers Union (IOEU) will co-host the event.

King Month observances will continue on Jan. 29 with a special King Collection exhibit 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Atlanta University Robert W. Woodruff Library. Later that evening, the King Collection will host the talk “Building the Beloved Community: Conversations with Student Leaders” will follow in the library’s exhibition hall at 5:30 p.m.

King Month will culminate on Jan. 31 with two screenings at Bank of America Auditorium sponsored by the Morehouse College Human Rights Festival. The documentary “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice,” will be shown at 1 p.m. The film features the story of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Then, at 3:30 p.m. the documentary “Child of Nature” will be screened. The film follows the journey of children from Kenya, Philippines, Syria, Canada and Germany who are creating change in their lives and communities against the odds.

“We have an exciting lineup of King events, most of which are free and open to the public,” said Crawford, director of the King Collection. “We are looking forward to hosting members of the Morehouse College community and the metro Atlanta area during King Month.”

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Last Modified: January 8, 2020, 23:01 PM, by: H T

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