Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2016


One Dream: “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Join us January 13-18, 2016 to engage the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Events throughout the week focus on issues of justice, racial-equality, labor-rights, pacifism, Christian faith and activism, community-based volunteerism, service and relationship building.

2016 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Jan. 13
8 p.m. Free movie showing and talk back, “Selma.” (Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Martin Chapel)

Thursday, Jan. 14
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mix-it-up lunch day, offering conversations with people from different backgrounds (Northlawn Dining Hall)

Friday, Jan. 15
10 a.m. Chapel Reading Circles (Various Campus Locations)
5 p.m. Service project in Harrisonburg’s Northeast neighborhood

Saturday, Jan. 17
10-11:30 a.m. Tyrone Barbershop, 2 S. Main St., Harrisonburg. Transportation will be provided from the front of the front of the University Commons 15-20 minutes before the event.
11:30 a.m. Barbershop debriefing lunch (Northlawn Dining Hall)
2 p.m. Intersectional Diversity Workshop, led by Hermelinda Cortes of Southerners of New Ground (Strite Conference Room, Campus Center)

Sunday, Jan. 17
11 a.m. Community Church Service with "Rev. Derrick Parson, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia (Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 184 Kelley St., Harrisonburg).
Transportation will be provided, departing the Campus Center at 10:30 a.m.
12:45 p.m. Community Lunch (for church attendees at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 425 Effinger Street, Harrisonburg, VA)

Monday, Jan. 18
10-10:15 a.m. Black Lives Matter Solidarity March (starting at EMU’s Thomas Plaza)
10:15-11:15 a.m. MLK, Jr. Celebration Chapel with Rev. Derrick Parson, Pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in N. Chesterfield, VA. (Lehman Auditorium). Join the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through praise and worship featuring the Eastern Mennonite University Gospel Choir. Sermon Title: “Make This Day Count.”
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. After Chapel Talk Back about Black Lives Matter (Common Grounds Coffeehouse)

Co-Sponsors of 2016 MLK Jr. Celebration

Multicultural and International Student Services, Campus Ministries, the Union of Student Organizations (Student Government Association), Black Student Union, and EMU Gospel Choir.

Additional Program Partners

Y-Serve, EMU Earthkeepers, Latino Student Alliance, Safe Space, Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ, EMU Education Department, EMU Environmental Sustainability Program and the office of the undergraduate academic dean, Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA), Bethel AME Church, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg-Rockingham County NAACP, Branch #7132. Contact the student life division for more information at 540-432-4135.

2016 MLK Jr. Events in the Area

For more MLK, Jr. events in Harrisonburg this year:
James Madison University