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MHU Plans MLK Day of Observance

Mlk 2015 For the first time in its history, Mars Hill University will cancel classes on Monday, January 19 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Led by the MHU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the university has developed a day-long series of programs and activities including a prayer breakfast; a community engagement project; a unity march; lectures, museum tours, food and music, and a documentary feature film about King's life and work.

According to Tom Destino, chair of the university's intercultural committee, the day’s activities speak directly to several core values of the MHU strategic plan, namely, respect for diversity, ethical citizenship, a culture of service, and free and open intellectual inquiry. These values, he said, will be exemplified throughout the activities across campus on January 19.

"We honor Dr. King because of the timeless values he taught us through his example – values like courage, truth, justice, compassion, humility, dignity, and service. In this day of celebration at MHU, we will commemorate Dr. King by creating an atmosphere of vibrant sister and brotherhood on campus, and embrace the unity of all peoples in love and truth," Destino said.

Full schedule (you also may click on the image to download a flier listing all events):

  • 8:30am
    Breakfast discussion for faculty and staff: "Creating Dr. King's Beloved Community at Mars Hill University"
    Redway Dining Room
  • 10:00am (gathering begins at 9:30am)
    Unity March
    Broyhill Chapel
  • 10:15am
    Drop-off for youth ages 3-10 for supervised activities
    Nash Hall lobby
  • 10:30am
    Plenary session: Ethics and Dr. Martin Luther King (speaker: Dr. John Wells, Executive VP; guests: Urban Arts Institute HighSteppers)
    Moore Auditorium
  • 12:00noon
    Documentary: "At the River I Stand: King's Final Days" (discussion with Dr. Brett Johnson)
    Belk Auditorium
  • 1:00pm
    Guided tour of "Our Story/This Place: African American Education in Madison County"
    Rural Heritage Museum

    Bailey Mountain hike, with recitation of Dr. King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" by Prof. Ryan Bell
    Meet outside Broyhill Chapel
  • 2:00pm
    "Beyond 'I Have a Dream'" - King's opposition to the Vietnam War (discussion with Dr. Heather Hawn)
    Belk Auditorium

    Guided tour of "Our Story/This Place: African American Education in Madison County"
    Rural Heritage Museum
  • 3:00pm
    Community engagement project: packing food for Madison County families
    Mars Hill Baptist Church
  • 3:30pm
    Documentary: "At the River I Stand: King's Final Days" (discussion with Dr. Brett Johnson)
    Belk Auditorium
  • 4:00pm
    Guided tour of "Our Story/This Place: African American Education in Madison County"
    Rural Heritage Museum

    Community engagement project: packing food for Madison County families
    Mars Hill Baptist Church
  • 5:00pm
    Dinner: "Soul-FULL-Jazz" - soul food and soulful jazz in the cafeteria
    Pittman Dining Hall (dinner prices apply)
  • 6:30pm
    Candlelight vigil and civil rights freedom songs
    Ellen Amphitheatre (in front of Pittman Dining Hall)