Denison didn’t hold regular classes on Monday, Jan. 21—but there was no interruption in teaching and learning. There was a service fair, an all-campus lunch, a community convocation, and a series of “teach-ins” for what has become the college’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, an interfaith service commemorating Dr. King was held Sunday evening in Swasey Chapel.
“We do want to recognize King,” Knobel said, “but we worked hard to make this forward-thinking, to look at King’s unfinished legacy and how we all play a part in it.”
After moving performances by students, faculty and staff of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and the historical hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Knobel referenced the idea that “all politics are local,” saying the creation of a just world is local, too.