Davidson College will host several events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 18.
• Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17 in Richardson Stadium, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk for Change will proceed about 1 1/2 miles around Davidson’s campus, concluding on the front steps of the Chambers Building. There, a guest speaker will read King’s well-known “I Have a Dream” speech.
• From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the college will host a session for children called King Day for Kids. The session will focus on literacy, social justice and community involvement for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The event will be in the Alvarez College Union, C. Shaw Smith Room 900. RSVP by calling 704-894-2872.
• The Davidson Free Word Spoken Word Club will host “Poetic Reflections of Social Justice” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Alvarez College Union, C. Shaw Smith Room 900. The club members will use poetry to bring voices of social justice to life.
The celebration will also include a seminar series.
• From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., attend “Women of Color and Visions for a Just Future” in the Alvarez College Union Room 302 or “The King Legacy and Responses to Environmental (In)Justice” in Alvarez College Union Room 313. At the same time, the film “Citizen King the Documentary” will show in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room.
• From 3 to 4:15 p.m., attend “Isn’t Stepping For Everybody? Racial Divisions as a Communicative Barrier to Building Community” in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, or “Lessons with a Leader: A Conversation with King” in Alvarez College Union Room 313.
• At 7 p.m., the Davidson College Gospel Choir, along with others, will perform “MLK Community Celebration Gospel Extravaganza” in the Duke Family Performance Hall.
This concert will include music by K.J. Sciven, of Fayetteville, Shameka Dwight, of Columbia, S.C., The New Glory Bounds Singers, of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Ronica & The Mighty Blazing Stars, of Mooresville.
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the school will host keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator. Giovanni was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage award, among her many honors. The convocation will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the Duke Family Performance Hall.
– Compiled by staff