Building a Beloved Community, an MLK Day Celebration

Posted by Rachael Wilbur
Emory & Henry College is pleased to continue the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with multiple events all leading up to the annual celebration on Monday, January 21.

During these days of celebration of the life and vision of Dr. King, Emory & Henry will hold several events beginning with a showing of Human-The Movie on Thursday, January 17.  Providing a view of the struggles of poverty, war, homophobia and the future of our world, the movie reflects on the question “What makes us human?”

The Tunnel of Oppression on Sunday, January 20 offers interactive experiential vignettes of different types of oppression, followed by meaningful discussion about solutions to oppression.

On January 21, the MLK Day Observance “Dreaming-Becoming-Building: The Beloved Community” will begin with an Opening Celebration at 10 a.m. in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts and end with a keynote address, “A Seat at the Table: Realizing King’s Dream in the Face of Deferred Realities,” by Rev. Kevin Vandier at 7:30 p.m. in King Center Gymnasium. 

Born in Anderson, S.C., Rev. Vandier was raised in a Baptist household and has been involved with organizations working to better local communities, including the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools and numerous youth programs at various churches. His keynote address will focus on Dr. King’s idea of the “Beloved Community” and how it can best become a more present reality for people who believe in justice and freedom.

“This day is important to so many students and community members. We are really working hard to ensure that MLK Day is thought-provoking, celebratory and memorable to all who participate with us,” said Mary K. Briggs, college chaplain. “This is a day for our faculty and students to come together and work on solutions to division. It is not just a day off of school or work.”

By holding these events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Emory & Henry hopes to offer practical tools to help us in our commitment to justice for all people. Participants will be challenged to dream along with Dr. King about the existence of the “Beloved Community” and to consider what it looks like and what actions need to be taken to make it a reality.

View all MLK event details here including community events.

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    Dream-Build-Become: The Beloved Community
This day is important to so many students and community members. We are really working hard to ensure that MLK Day is thought-provoking, celebratory and memorable to all who participate with us.”
-Mary K. Briggs, Chaplain.

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