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Mars Hill University to Host Day-Long Celebration of MLK Day

Download the full schedule of events.

For the second year, Mars Hill University will cancel classes on Monday, January 18, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement.

Led by the MHU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the university has developed a day-long series of programs and activities exploring various issues and ideas related to the struggle for civil rights. Subjects to be explored include the music of the civil rights movement, the idea of the "beloved community," and inclusive communication. Also part of the celebration will be a showing and discussion of the movie Selma.

A full schedule of events is below:

**8:30AM-12:30PM Children’s Educational Area**
Nash Hall 2nd Fl.

9-10AM Opening Plenary Session - Guest speaker: Mr. Rodney Johnson
Moore Auditorium

10:30AM-12:30PM screening of the movie Selma
Moore Auditorium

12:45PM-1:30PM Faculty/Staff Luncheon - Guest: Mr. James Shields
"Creating the Beloved Community at MHU"
Redway Conference Rm. *RSVP*


"The Songs of the Freedom Struggle: From Rock to Rap: - Dr. David Gilbert
Belk Auditorium

"At The River I Stand: King’s Final Days" - Dr. Brett Johnson
Peterson Conf. Rm.

"MLK & Civil Rights" - Mr. James Shields
Broyhill Chapel

"Working Toward the Beloved Community: An Interfaith Movement" - Rev. Stephanie McLeskey
Broyhill Fellowship Hall


"Free Your Mind: Addressing Communication to Create an Inclusive Campus Community" - Social Work Department
Broyhill Fellowship Hall 

"Making King’s Dream Come True" - Mr. James Shields

Broyhill Chapel

"The Butterfly & the Beloved: How to be inspired by yesterday’s message" - Ms. Caroline Twiggs

Location TBA

"Reflections and discussion on the movie Selma" - Ms. Laurie Pedersen

Location TBA

4:45PM Silent Candle Light Vigil for Peace - Fountain

Special Sessions with limited space. Participants must RSVP:
Bailey Mountain Hike with Professor Ryan Bell. Participants will recite MLK’s "I’ve Been to the Mountain Top" speech - 1-5PM
Participation in City of Asheville’s MLK March - 10:30AM-2:30PM
Community Service Project with Mars Hill Baptist Church

*James Shields is the Director of the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning at Guilford College. He's also an actor and an expert on the history of the Underground Railroad in Greensboro.*
*Rodney Johnson is a MHU alum, one of MHU’s alumni of the year 2013, former Executive Director of the Office of Parent Services at George Washington University, and creator of the Office of Minority Affairs at UNC-Asheville.