MLK Day Celebration 2015


During a time of great unrest in our world, especially related to religious ideology, this year’s event seeks to provide participants with accurate information about the beliefs of a variety of world religions, especially in the areas of civil rights.

MLK Day at Emory & Henry College is coordinated by the Office of Spiritiual Life. For more information, contact j}6-@gS#y]DzQ^\Y]#[Xisz$O7y6C&^ZDAO.


Event Overview

January 15

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January 19

January 24



SGA Student Forum
"If You Really Knew Me..."

Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 PM
Martin Brock Gym (Lyceum Credit)

SGA and several other student organizations will co-sponsor an interactive event which will provide a space for people to hear the stories of other people and tell their own stories in the context of the MLK Day theme.


Keynote Address
“Muhammad Ali, Islam, and Civil Rights in Multi-Religious America”

Monday, January 19 at 10:00AM
Memorial Chapel Sanctuary (Lyceum Credit)

Dr. Martyn Oliver will ask us to re-consider how racial and religious identity both influence and complicate our on-going conversation about Civil Rights in America. By examining the role that American Muslims played in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's, we can see how religious scripture can be used to justify social strife or inspire civic progress.

Dr. Oliver is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University


Afternoon Breakout Session
“10 Things Everyone Should Know about Islam”

Monday, January 19 at 2:30PM
Wiley Auditorium (Lyceum Credit)

Dr. Martyn Oliver will discuss his article, “10 Things Everyone Should Know about Islam.” In the words of the author: “If we’re willing to accept diversity within Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, we need to do the same for Islam.” He goes on to say, “Islam is always in the news, and we get it wrong much too often. This is part of a broader problem about understanding religion, but I think it has particular resonance in the case of the most familiar yet most misunderstood religion.”


Interfaith Service Project

Saturday, January 24 at 7:30AM

Students from E&H are invited to partner with students from the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at ETSU to serve at the Saturday Soup Kitchen at Munsey UMC. Meet at the Appalachian Center at 6:45 am to depart. The group will serve from 7:45-9:45 am at the soup kitchen and return to campus around 11 am. We hope that this interfaith service project becomes a relationship between E&H and the MSA so that we can continue to partner with them on various service projects in the future. For more information, contact Mary Beth Tignor in the Appalachian Center for Civic Life.