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MLK commemorative events

Jan. 5-18: The 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King commemorative events kicked off on January 5 and will culminate with a special convocation on MLK Day, January 18, at 3 p.m. in Pehlps-Stokes Auditorium.

The Berea College MLK Planning Committee has chosen this year's theme to be "Speak Justice to Me: Civil Rights in Appalachia."

From January 5 to 8, members of the Berea College community will be contributing their stories of hope and inspiration to the compilation CD, "Speak Justice To Me: Voices of Hope."

MLK Day will begin with the Annual March. Students, staff and faculty will march to the City Hall in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent movement for civil rights.

The convocation will feature Mr. Bobby Cain and Mrs. Gail Epps Upton who, along with a group of other black teenagers, were forced to attend an all-white school in Clinton, Tennessee following Brown v. Board of Education in 1956. The "Clinton 12" documentary film and their commentary will unfold their story -- untold for 50 years -- as well as their hopes for reconciliation.

College Organist Professor John Courter will play Dr. Martin Luther King's favorite songs on the carillon that evening at 5 p.m. in Draper Building. Hot drinks will be provided.

Following are some of the other commemorative events happening across campus:

Friday, January 15, 2010
When the Past is Present
Woods- Penn Commons, 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of poetry, prose, and songs for justice in remembrance
of those who have paved the way, given hope, and fought for justice.

Monday, January 18, 2010 (MLK Day)
A Gathering of Prayer
11:30 a.m., Union Church Sanctuary
11:50 a.m., Annual March on City Hall

Come, Let Us Break Bread Together Luncheon
12:30 p.m., Woods Penn Commons
Lunch will be provided!

For more information contact the Black Cultural Center at (859)-985-3797.

This year's events are sponsored by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, African and African American Studies, Alumni Relations, CELTS, Willis T. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Convocation Committee, Office of the President, Residence Life Collegium, Campus Life, Dining Services, Office of Admissions, and Black Student Union.

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