Anderson University will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by connecting with the Anderson community at a city-wide MLK Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 18, at 12 p.m. at the Paramount Theater and conducting a special celebration during the university’s weekly chapel-convocation in Reardon Auditorium on Tuesday, January 19, at 10 a.m.
Monica L. Williams will serve as the special guest artist at chapel on Jan. 19. [Directions to Reardon Auditorium.]
Williams is a theater artist, educator and advocate for the voices of marginalized communities. She has produced eclectic shows off-broadway that showcase marginalized artists and art forms like Brown Girls Burlesque, Culture Bandit Soul and New Africa Live. Her professional creative partners include: Brooklyn Acadamy of Music Poetry, Apollo Theater/United Way What Matters To Me, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival/City Park Summer play series, the National Off-Broadway tour of History of the Word and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Williams is a graduate of Wright State University BFA Acting program, NYU’s Graduate Applied Theatre program and has extensive training in Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. Her work as the co-founder of Between Sisters Project, a company dedicated to creating community-based theater to empower women’s voices and foster understanding cross-culturally, has toured to colleges/universities across the United States.
A complete schedule of events for Monday, January 18, 2010, is as follows:
- 9 - 4:30 p.m. : "Civil Rights Era" Booth displays, Mocha Joe’s (Olt Student Center)
- 9 – 11 a.m. : Service Projects led by Campus Ministries led (TBD)
- 11 – 12 : "Collective Walk" – Anderson City Community invited to partner with AU community in a walk to the annual Paramount Theater observance (led by President James Edwards and various community leaders)
- 12 – 1:30 p.m : City-wide MLK Jr. Celebration, Paramount Theater
- 2 – 4 p.m. : Service Projects led by Campus Ministries led (TBD)
- 5 p.m. : Screening of "A Ripple of Hope," Reardon Auditorium (free & open to the public)
- 6 p.m. : Candlelight vigil, Eternal flame in front of Decker Hall
For any questions on the above events, please contact the Multicultural Student Services office at (765) 641-4193 or toll-free at 1-800-428-6414 (extension 4193).
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.