Martin Luther King Jr Day observed

Notice: this information is for a past event.

Martin Luther King Jr Day observed.

January 22, 2023

Celebration Worship

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Herrick Hall

Sunday Morning Worship in the gospel tradition of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Carpenter, Coordinator for Christian Life and Director of the Gospel Choir, will lead worship alongside student leaders as a way to remember the context of Rev. Martin Luther King’s work and ministry.

January 23, 2023

Service Project

Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Slayter Hall - Third Floor

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service (MLK Day) is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” Join CLIC and the Denison Community Association (DCA) to engage in meaningful service projects, honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy and moving us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s wife, Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatest birthday gift my husband could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.” Donuts and coffee will be provided to volunteers.

Legacy March & Brunch

Time: 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Meet at Slayter Flagpole; march will end at the Mitchell Center

The annual MLK legacy march commemorates the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This two part event will start at the Slayter Flagpole and end at Mitchell Center for brunch, celebration, and community dialogue. RSVP required for the brunch.

Featuring poet Dr. Wilson Okello

Gordon Parks & Contemporaries through the lens

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Michael D. Eisner Center for the Performing Arts - Denison Museum

An exhibition celebrating the photographic, journalism, and poetic work of Gordon Parks, Adger Cowans, and Eli Reed. Gordon Parks was a self-taught photographer, writer, composer, and filmmaker, known for his documentary photojournalism of the civil rights movement.

Workshop: Writing the Legacy - Poetry Writing

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: The Bandersnatch

Whereas poetry is a medium for intimacy and presence, it is, too, an offering as writers/participants are invited to share their imaginings and dream otherwise. Facilitated by Dr. Wilson Okello, this workshop is an invitation to practice freedom by giving voice to our imagination.

Workshop: Footsteps of the Freedom Journey

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Swasey Chapel

Experience the journey towards freedom from slavery, segregation, and racism in three musical and theatrical vignettes. Led by Rev Timothy Carpenter, leaders of BSU and Tehillah, this group departs from the steps of Swasey Chapel. Experience limited to 25 registrants and has limited physical accessibility.

Workshop: Painting the Legacy

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Slayter Hall - Third Floor

Throughout history art has been used to express our feelings and capture our thoughts. This dynamic workshop will combine the creative power of painting and social change. Art and activism color our world!

Workshop: Writing the Legacy - Poetry Writing

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: The Bandersnatch

Whereas poetry is a medium for intimacy and presence, it is, too, an offering as writers/participants are invited to share their imaginings and dream otherwise. Facilitated by Dr. Wilson Okello, this workshop is an invitation to practice freedom by giving voice to our imagination.

Workshop: Painting the Legacy

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Slayter Hall - Third Floor

Throughout history art has been used to express our feelings and capture our thoughts. This dynamic workshop will combine the creative power of painting and social change. Art and activism color our world!

Workshop: Footsteps of the Freedom Journey

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Swasey Chapel

Experience the journey towards freedom from slavery, segregation, and racism in three musical and theatrical vignettes. Led by Rev Timothy Carpenter, leaders of BSU and Tehillah, this group departs from the steps of Swasey Chapel. Experience limited to 25 registrants and has limited physical accessibility.

Reflection Space

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: The Center for Belonging & Inclusion

Enjoy spending time being present with others as we individually and collectively reflect on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his message and legacy, over hot beverages and other refreshments.


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