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Elon to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with lineup of events this month

Service opportunities, gatherings and other special programs at Elon during January will commemorate the legacy of the late civil rights leader.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Elon University will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month with events hosted by several departments, offices and programs on campus.

Anyone with questions about the following events is encouraged to contact Brandon Bell, assistant director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education, at 336-278-7244 or bbell5@elon.edu.

Wes Moore – Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture 
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m.
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts
 
Bestselling author, social entrepreneur and motivational leader, Wes Moore is a Rhodes scholar who founded the education technology startup, BridgeEDU. In April 2017, Moore was named Chief Executive Officer of the Robin Hood Foundation, the largest poverty-fighting organization in New York.  Robin Hood houses, feeds, trains, educates, advises and cares for hundreds of thousands of men, women and children living in poverty. Contact Patti Gibbons at pgibbons@elon.edu for additional information.
 
Sponsored by Cultural and Special Programs and the Center for Leadership 

Martin Luther King Jr. Church Service
Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 10:50 a.m.
Elon First Baptist Church, 113 Lynn St., Elon
 
We welcome Elon students, faculty, staff and community to join us in fellowship at Elon First Baptist Church as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join us after service for a continued fellowship, fun and games.  Contact Brandon Bell at bbell5@elon.edu for more information.
  
Sponsored by Elon First Baptist Church and The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, Jan. 15, Time: TBA
Greensboro - precise location TBA
 
Join the Elon School of Law in Greensboro for a day of service to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Contact Jennifer Gilbert Mencarini at jmencarini2@elon.edu for more information.
 
Sponsored by The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education and Elon School of Law

Martin Luther King Jr. College Coffee- The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness
Tuesday, Jan. 16, Noon
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center
 
Elon University’s Residential Dining and Campus Engagement will be sponsoring a special “Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness” College Coffee. We invite the campus community to attend and commemorate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring human rights leaders. Contact Brandon Bell at bbell5@elon.edu for more information.
 
Sponsored by  The Center Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education, Residential Campus Dining and Engagement
 
“The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousness: Using the Law to Build a Movement” – Keynote address by Dean Emeritus/Professor George Johnson
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Elon University School of Law, 201 N. Greene St., Greensboro, Room 207
 
Dean Johnson’s address will focus on how lawyers used innovative legal strategies during the Movement, and how contemporary law students and lawyers can build upon that legacy as we continue to address societal inequality as a nation and a profession. Contact Jennifer Gibert Mencarini at jmencarini2@elon.edu for additional information.
 
Sponsored by Elon School of Law

MLK Week Volunteer Opportunity with Allied Churches
Jan. 17 and 18, 4:30 p.m.
Allied Churches, 206 N. Fisher St., Burlington
 
Join the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement for one of two opportunities to serve at Allied Churches, a Burlington non-profit organization that strives to prevent and end homelessness and food insecurity in Alamance County.  Volunteers will help serve dinner and eat with residents and help with others projects.  We will depart campus at 4:30 p.m. and return by 8 p.m. on both dates.  Contact Kyle Anderson at kanderson52@elon.edu with any questions and to sign-up.
 
Sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Circle of Hope Dialogue
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 3:30 p.m.
McKinnon Hall
 
The Circle of Hope Dialogue Series is a campus wide effort to engage faculty, staff and students in dialogue around contemporary race relations in the 21st Century. Informed by excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s essays and writings we invite you all to join us for insightful conversation. Contact Brandon Bell at bbell5@elon.edu for more information. To RSVP, click here.
 
Sponsored by The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education

Elon Law School Community Dialogue: Contemporary Race Relations
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Elon School of Law Room 105
 
Join law students working toward restorative justice as they lead a community dialogue focused on contemporary race relations at the law school and in the larger community. Contact Jennifer Gibert Mencarini at jmencarini2@elon.edu for more information.

Sponsored by The Black Student Union, The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education
 
 

MLK Multifaith Service, Sacred Space — CANCELED
Thursday, Jan. 18, Noon
Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion

 
Much of MLK’s work was rooted in his role as a religious leader.  While he was a Christian minister, he also stood in solidarity with leaders from other faith traditions and worldviews.  Join us for a multifaith service that honors the spirit of MLK and his life, passion, and principles, as well as the relationship between of multifaith engagement and social justice. There will be music and reflection from multiple traditions. Contact Joel Harter at jharter@elon.edu for more information.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education

2018 Planning Committee

Kyle Anderson
Barb Carlton
Maggie Castor
Joel Harter
Anne Roycraft
Carrie Seigler
Marilyn Slade
Portia Wade

Owen Covington,
Staff
1/3/2018 4:25 PM