Student Life

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, Anderson University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service projects, and opportunities for reflection and hands-on learning. Classes will be suspended for the day. 

As we end one year and begin another, many of us are reflecting on the challenges and triumphs we have experienced as individuals and as a global community this year. We have, perhaps, come to realize that in the busyness of this year we have missed opportunities to join together, to learn from one another, and to speak out about the things that matter. The MLK Jr. Celebration offers us an opportunity to do just that!

Poster (content contained in page). Click to enlarge.

One of the new elements of this year’s celebration is "A Day in 1960: Then, and Now What.” Michael Thigpen, director of the cultural resource center, says, “This simulation explores the challenges of the 1960s and the systemic effects on our current society. Participants will be given tools to identify microaggressions and combat them.”

On Tuesday, the chapel will host the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry as an active tool to keep them focused in their schools and community. Their performances combine classic poetry, movement poetry, and spoken word. They have performed throughout the state of Ohio at churches and community events, including half-time shows for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ basketball team.

Concluding the events on Tuesday will be the opening of the PACT lecture series at 7 p.m. The Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) program seeks to build bridges of understanding and compassion. This four-part series is an opportunity to hear from those who have devoted their lives to educating others on of forgiveness and reconciliation.

All students, faculty, staff, and the greater Anderson community are invited to come together to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to commit ourselves to the ongoing work for peace.

2018 Schedule of Events

Monday, Jan. 15

  • 11 a.m. “The Gathering” in Miller Chapel, an introduction to the day
  • 11:30 a.m. Shuttle service from Olt Student Center to the citywide celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Shuttle departs every 15 minutes until 12:45 p.m.
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Citywide MLK Jr. Day Celebration, Paramount Theatre
  • 1:30 p.m. Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium
  • 2:30-3 p.m. Free community lunch, Reardon Lobby
  • 3-4:30 p.m. “A Day in 1960: Then, and Now What?” Decker 133
  • 3-5 p.m. Service Projects (sign-up's linked above)
  • 3-6 p.m. Prayer Labyrinth (come and go event), Nicholson Library
  • 5-6:30 p.m. “A Day in 1960: Then, and Now What?” second session, Decker 133
  • 7 p.m. Free viewing of the movie “Hidden Figures,” Reardon Auditorium, Sponsored by Nicholson Library

Tuesday, Jan. 16

  • 11 a.m. Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, Reardon Auditorium
  • 7 p.m. Opening PACT Lecture: Arno Michaelis, Reardon Auditorium



MLK Planning Committee
(765) 641-4103