“Celebrating the national holiday is not just for African Americans,” said Cassaundra Day, AU director of Multicultural Student Services. “It is important that the entire community take ownership of Dr. King’s passions and perspectives and join in this meaningful celebration. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students on our campus to be educated about Dr. King’s legacy and his ideals that changed a nation.”
The Anderson citywide celebration will take place on Monday, January 19, at the Paramount Theatre at 12 noon. The event, entitled “Let Freedom Ring Through Unity,” will feature Dr. Reginald E. Lee, senior pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Church in Anderson, as the keynote speaker.
The Anderson University chapel/convocation service, scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m., will be entitled “The Words of Dr. King.” Anderson University students are scheduled to read excerpts of Dr. King’s essays and speeches as well as provide a variety of gospel musical presentations.
Other campus events include a special video entitled “I Have A Dream” on Wednesday, January 21, at 8 p.m. in Hartung Hall, room 101. The university “Celebration March” is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 22, at 6 p.m. from the Kardatzke Wellness Center to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial located at the corner of Madison and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Anderson. Food donations collected during the week by the campus will be provided to Second Harvest Food Bank in Anderson. Please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 765-641-4199 for more information.
Established in 1986 by former U.S President Ronald Reagan, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.
Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, nursing, and theology.