January 13, 2011

Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

The holiday celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is Monday, Jan. 17.

Activities being planned for the day at Vanderbilt include the Nashville MLK Day March, community service volunteer projects, “teach-ins” by faculty on themes related to the life and work of King, round table lunch discussions, a candlelight vigil and much more.

Faculty and staff are invited to partake in any of the following activities:

9 a.m.. – 3 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema, Promenade and first floor
Eyes on the Prize showing

9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Freedom March
Vanderbilt University will join hands and hearts with the greater Nashville community in a march that commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

208 Light Hall
Fulfilling the Dream: Minorities in Biosciences: VUMC MLK Commemorative Lecture
Astronaut Robert Satcher, Jr., clinical assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston

12:30 p.m.
Top floor of Rand or Function Room and The Commons
Special Lunch Roundtables
Various faculty members will host stimulating discussions over lunch about how their particular area of study connects with the legacy of Dr. King. Click here for more information.

1:30 – 3:20 p.m. (Two sessions: 1:30-2:20 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.)
Click here for more information on sessions and locations.

3:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
MLK Essay Winners Presentation

4:30 p.m.
Keynote: Langford Auditorium
4:30 – 4:50 p.m. Opening Acts: Voices of Praise, Victory a’Cappella & Jeremiah Generation
4:50 – 5 p.m. Winning middle school and high school essayists read essays
5 p.m. Opening and Welcoming Remarks – Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
5:05 p.m. Introduction of Julian Bond – Gabrielle Westbrook
5:07 p.m. Julian Bond Lecture: “The Road to Freedom: From Alabama to Obama” (Tickets required)
6 p.m. Q&A
6:15 p.m. Conclusion
6:30-7:15 p.m. Reception at Langford Auditorium

7-9:30 p.m.
Library Lawn
Vanderbilt and the Civil Rights Movement: Reliving the Words From Our Past (30 minute film shown in continuous loop)
IMPACT hosted several prominent figures during the civil rights era. We will project these rarely seen clips on Library Lawn following the keynote address. Bring a blanket and enjoy some hot chocolate and be prepared for a truly special evening.

9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Benton Chapel
Vespers and Candlelight Vigil
Join us for an inspirational evening vespers and candlelight vigil. This service of prayer, readings, music and candlelight will offer an opportunity to reflect on the rich experiences of the day, to give thanks for the shining light Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to have in our lives, and to look forward with hope.

Also, check out:

Jan. 18: Groundbreaking African-American judge to speak at Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 20: Shifting Landscapes: Current Challenges and Opportunities in Developmental Disability Policy

For a complete listing of activities, visit: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk/2011-schedule-of-events/.