Belmont, TSU, Trevecca students join together for MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18
In celebration of the Jan. 15 anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth date, Belmont University will hold two weeks of special events. The University’s theme for 2014 is “Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century.” The University’s commitment to Martin Luther King Jr. Week through classroom and special events began in 1997 and continues to grow today. New this year are showings of documentaries related to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.
“In recent years, there has been a great deal of talk about whether or not we live in a so-called ‘post-racial’ society. In order to explore more fully this controversial idea, the committee this year thought it best to look to the past for inspiration. In that spirit, we chose as our theme, ‘Postracial: The Problem of the Color Line in the 21st Century,’ an homage to W.E.B. DuBois’ famous pronouncement, written well over a century ago, that ‘the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line,’” said Peter Kuryla, assistant professor of history and chairman of Belmont’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee. “So recalling DuBois and in keeping with Dr. King’s prophetic social vision, we’ve put together programming that addresses this issue of the color line from a variety of perspectives. We look forward to a campus-wide conversation.”
In addition to campus programs, the Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded Belmont University a $1,500 grant to complete five MLK Day of Service projects on Jan. 18 in conjunction with Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper will speak to nearly 300 students from 11 area colleges and universities at TSU’s Kean Hall before they paint McKissack Middle School, help at Hadley Park Library and Community Center, sort food at Second Harvest Food Bank, organize medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E. and move the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Middle Tennessee into its new location.
The following events are free and open to both the Belmont community and the general public. For additional information, visit Belmont’s MLK website at www.belmont.edu/mlk.
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