Walking the Way of Dr. King
(MLK Day of Service & Learning)

Join in January 15-23, 2014 to learn about regional and EMU community histories relating to race and civil rights. Events throughout the week focus on the MLK, Jr. Way emphasizing issues of justice, racial-equality, labor-rights, pacifism, Christian faith and activism, community-based volunteerism, service and relationship building.

Program features include presentations by professors Mark Metzler Sawin and David Evans; discussion forums, celebrating the dedication of the newly named Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, and many community connections.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, Jan. 15
10-10:30 a.m. University Chapel: Shaped Deeply by MLK, Jr. (Lehman Auditorium)
In what ways was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. formative or influential in the lives of local people? What is the impact of MLK, Jr. in today’s society? For what reasons was it important for Harrisonburg to rename a significant street the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way? Come hear first-person narratives from local people who have been shaped by MLK, Jr. in many ways.
Panelists include Stan Maclin – Director of the Harriott Tubman Cultural Center; and Titus Bender, EMU Professor Emeritas.

Thursday, Jan. 16
4-6 p.m. March Out and Speak Out at JMU
March through the JMU campus and speak out about King’s life and legacy. This year’s theme is “His Courage Will Not Skip This Generation.”
Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Services; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/multicultural or call (540) 568-6636; free. (Starts at the James Madison statue near Varner House and ends at Transitions, Warren Hall.)

Friday, Jan. 17
10-10:30 a.m. University Chapel: “Take the First Step in Faith”: A History of Inclusion at EMU – Mark Metzler Sawin, professor of history. (Lehman Auditorium)
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mix it Up at Lunch conversations (EMU Northlawn Cafeteria)
Sit` at one of the round tables with a mixture of people from the campus and community for guided conversation related to our (EMU) racial heritage as presented in chapel. Meal passes available for participating community members and students without a meal plan. View a map and directions to Northlawn Residence Hall – Dining Hall located in lower level, view available visitors parking by clicking display option on lower left.
Coordinated by Beth Lehman and Kathy Evans, professors in the Education Department.

Sunday, Jan. 19
Worship in local congregations in the Harrisonburg Northeast Neighborhood – Transportation provided from EMU to various congregations.
-Immanuel Mennonite Church – 400 Kelley St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 @ 10:30 a.m. – Buses depart from EMU Commons parking lot at 10 a.m.
-John Wesley United Methodist Church – Corner Effinger and Sterling, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 @ 11 a.m. – Buses depart EMU Commons lot at 10:30 a.m.
-Bethel AME Church – 184 Kelley St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 @ 11 a.m. – Buses depart from EMU Commons parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
-God of Prophecy (Spanish service) – 386 E Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802 @ 12:30 p.m. – Buses depart from EMU Commons parking lot at Noon.

3 p.m. Serving the Community Dr. King’s Way – Join the Harrisonburg and Rockingham Chapter of the NAACP for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. community program with guest speaker Pastor Warne Dawkins from Shiloh Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA. Music by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition Choir. Freewill offering benefiting The Salvation Arm shelter. (Lucy Simms Continuing Education Center)
Transportation is provided for this event. Buses depart from the University Commons at 2:30 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20
8 a.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast program (Lucy Simms Continuing Education Center)- The Sigma Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosts “Back to Basics: Managing a Household Budget.” Continental breakfast provided. Donations accepted.
10-10:40 a.m. MLK Day Chapel: A Domesticated King – Dr. David Evans, professor of history and mission at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. (Lehman Auditorium)
10:40 a.m. After Chapel Discussion Forum with professors Mark Metzler Sawin and David Evans (Lehman Auditorium)
12 p.m. Harrisonburg City MLK, Jr. Way Street Renaming Dedication Program – Speakers include EMU President Loren Swartzendruber, JMU President Jonathan Alger, Mayor Ted Byrd, Doris Allen and Fred Gibson. (JMU Memorial Hall Auditorium)
Transportation is provided for this event. Buses depart from the library circle at 11:30 a.m. They return at 1:30 p.m. for those who do not want to stay for the ribbon cutting and Unity March as well as following the Unity March.
1:30 p.m. Unity March by Harrisonburg City Council followed by a unity march from Memorial Hall to Main Street and back to Memorial Hall. Hot chocolate and rest available at the RISE Ministry House. (Meet outside JMU Memorial Hall)
3 p.m. Adopt a Stream Black’s Run clean-up – begin near The Little Grill restaurant
Join the Biology/Chemistry department and Earthkeepers club to clean up a stretch of Black’s Run that flows through the northeast neighborhood. Gloves and bags will be provided. Meet at the Science Center at 2:45 for carpooling or anytime just outside The Little Grill restaurant (621 N. Main, Harrisonburg).
7-9 p.m. MLK Lecture by Dr. Steve Perry (JMU Wilson Hall Auditorium)
Dr. Steve Perry is the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. formal program speaker. Featured in CNN’s “Black in America” series, Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. He is the founder and principal of what U.S. News & World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. Capital Prep has sent 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first generation high-school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006. Perry is an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, best-selling author and host of the No. 1 docudrama for TVONE, “Save My Son.” Sponsored by the JMU Center for Multicultural Student Services.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Come Across the Bridge dialogue (a shared journey of vision & risk)
Engage with black community leaders, barbers and each other at Tyrone Sprague’s downtown barbershop (6th floor of 2 South Main) for lively dialogue around issues, dynamics and opportunities related to the MLK, Jr. Way in Harrisonburg or at the historic Blakey barbershop in the northeast neighborhood (230 Community St.) to discuss the opportunities and challenges to live the way of Martin Luther King, Jr. You can get a haircut too!
Hosts: Stan Maclin of the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center and Jered Lyons, EMU Multicultural Student Advisor.
Transportation is provided for this event. EMU Vans depart at 9:30, 10:55, 1:00, 2:30 and 3:55.

Thursday, Jan. 23
8 p.m. follow-up conversation/discussion – The Way of MLK, Jr. – What’s Next for EMU? facilitated by CJP students (Common Grounds Coffeehouse)
Coordinated by Amy Knorr, Practice Coordinator for the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding

About the MLK Day of Service and Learning program

This program was planned in collaboration with the Black Student Union, YPCA, Student Government Association, student life division, office of the undergraduate academic dean, EMU academic cabinet, Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA). Contact the student life division for more information at 540-432-4135.

For more information about events sponsored by James Madison University, see this schedule.