Anderson, Indiana

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remembered with day of service and chapel

Thu, 2011-01-13 08:40 -- univcomm
January 13, 2011

Anderson University will suspend classes on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 for a day of service to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This day will be a day of service in the university schedule beginning this January and each year thereafter. Historically, AU has celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day by conducting food drives, connecting with city-wide celebrations, and hosting special events on campus.

The day of service will include a "Civil Rights Era" display at Mocha Joe's featuring children's books, a civil rights timeline, DVDs of Dr. King's speeches and other items. "Dream Wall" posts will be an opportunity for community members to post their dreams on walls located on campus and will be displayed at a later date on campus. An interactive mural will provide community members with an opportunity to participate in a collective art project with the mural located around campus.

A reenactment from a sit-in at Greensboro, North Carolina, including historical context and discussion of non-violent philosophy will be facilitated by Dr. James Lewis, School of Theology associate dean and professor, at 9 a.m. in the bottom level of Decker Hall.

Various service projects and campus activities will occur at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anderson University will also join the city of Anderson in a Collective Walk to the Paramount Theatre for the City-wide MLK Jr. Celebration.

The day concludes with a free showing for the campus and public at Reardon Auditorium of "We Were Warriors", a documentary about the Nashville, Tenn., sit-ins. At 6 p.m., AU President Dr. James L. Edwards will facilitate a candlelight vigil at the Eternal Flame in front of Decker Hall.

The day will be celebrated as a day of service for the institution, with classes and other administrative activities canceled until 5 p.m. Monday evening classes will meet as usual.

A full schedule for the service day on Monday, Jan. 17, is listed below, or click here to see the flyer [PDF]. To volunteer for the service day, see the volunteer schedule [PDF] for more information.

  • 9-10 a.m. Sit-in Reenactment (Dr. James Lewis facilitating, Bottom Level of Decker Hall)
  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Civil Rights Era displays (Mocha Joe’s)
  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dream Wall posts (Nicholson Library, Mocha Joe’s, Reardon Lobby, Bottom Level of Decker Hall)
  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Footprints mural (Various Locations around campus)
  • 9:30-11 a.m. Service Projects (Sign-up to serve)
  • 11:30 a.m. Collective Walk (Meet at Reardon Auditorium and walk to Paramount Theatre)
  • 12-1:30 p.m. City-wide MLK Jr. Celebration (Paramount Theatre)
  • 2-4 p.m. Service Projects (Sign-up to serve)
  • 5 p.m. Evening Celebration, "We Were Warriors" showing (Reardon Auditorium)
  • 6 p.m. Candlelight Vigil (Eternal Flame in front of Decker Hall)

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, there will be a special chapel in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with guest speaker Rev. Obadiah Smith Jr.

Smith is an Air Force Wing Chaplain attached to Grissom Air Reserve Base in Kokomo, Ind. He received a B.A. in sociology from Azusa Pacific University, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MBA from Anderson University.

Smith is an ordained minister with the Church of God (Anderson Ind.) and has held several administrative positions at denominational headquarters, including project coordinator for compassionate ministries, fund development officer, and U.S. ministries coordinator. He was previously employed as associate director for strategic partnerships with World Vision. His international experience includes travel, program development, teaching, ministry, and consultancies in the United States, Africa, Europe, Brazil, Romania, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Turkey, and Hong Kong. —Stefanie Leiter is the Web Content Manager in the Office of University Communications at Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.