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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2017


For Such a Time as This

Supporting MLK quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only Light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that.

Supporting scripture: “For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s families will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14 NRSV)

Join us January 11-16, 2017 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.

2017 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Jan. 11
4:30-6 p.m. Mindfully Multicultural Workshop (Martin Chapel, Seminary Building) This is part 1 of a three-part training with session two taking place January 25 and session three on February 8 at the same time and location.

Thursday, Jan. 12
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mix-it-up at lunch, engaging conversations with people from different backgrounds (Northlawn Dining Hall)

Friday, Jan. 13
10 a.m. Chapel Reading Circles – Speeches and sermons on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Find list of speeches, sermons and locations posted here.)
5 p.m. Service project in Harrisonburg’s Northeast Neighborhood, formerly known as Newtown. Ride available at Friday 4:30 in front of UC for service project.

Saturday, Jan. 14
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Visit Harriet Tubman Cultural Center and Tyrone Sprague’s Barbershop (for straight-talk “Barbershop 101”). Transportation provided from the front of the University Commons at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. Community Church Service with Rev. Dr. Chinita Richardson and the EMU gospel Choir at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 184 Kelley St., Harrisonburg. Transportation provided departing the University Commons at 10:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. Community Lunch for church attendees held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 425 Effinger Street, Harrisonburg, VA.

Monday, Jan. 16
10-10:15 a.m. Solidarity March starting on EMU Thomas Plaza (in front of the Campus Center) 
10:15-11:15 a.m. MLK, Jr. Celebration Service with Rev. Dr. Chinita Richardson, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, VA. 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, Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ and Meechy Jay. (Lehman Auditorium)
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Chapel Talk Back in Common Grounds Coffeehouse. Themes from the celebration service will be further developed along with highlighting the significant civil rights history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in the USA.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. People’s Day at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. (11:30 a.m. March, 12:30 p.m. Program, 1:30 p.m. Multicultural Meal potluck) Transportation provided from EMU.

EMU Co-Sponsors of 2017 MLK Jr. Celebration

Multicultural and International Student Services, Campus Ministries, the Union of Student Organizations (Student Government Association), Black Student Union, and the EMU Gospel Choir with support from Y-Serve, Alpha Omega Dancers for Christ, EMU Education Department and the office of the undergraduate academic dean.

Additional Program Partners

Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, MLK, Jr. Way Coalition, Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA), Bethel AME Church, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg-Rockingham County NAACP, Branch #7132.

2017 MLK Jr. Events in the Area

For more MLK, Jr. events in Harrisonburg this year:
JMU Center for Multicultural Student Services
Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Coalition
Harrisonburg-Rockingham County NAACP, Branch #7132