“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
On January 20th, the U.S.A. will celebrate a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) a famous American activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. drew nation-wide attention to the injustices experienced by African-Americans through nonviolent actions such as sit-ins, marches, and speeches. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. In 1964, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
If you look to the right when you enter the IEI front office, you see a copy of MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech. To the IEI community, we would like to let you know about some Nashville events beginning this weekend in commemoration of this leader:
Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 19
- Weekend of Service
Come volunteer with Nashville community members in memory of MLK Jr.’s commitment to service. Volunteer projects may include activities like: sorting supplies at a food bank, socializing dogs and cats at animal shelters, and cleaning a fire station. Sign up here for a project of your choosing. Where: Various locations.
Monday, January 20:
- Teach-Ins (Presentations)
From 1:15 – 4:45 pm at various locations on campus, Vanderbilt University will host presentations connected to social justice topics, including discussions by photographer Eric Etheridge and movie actor/activist Danny Glover. Where: the Sarrat Cinema, the Black Cultural Center, and the Ingram Commons Multi-Purpose Room on the Vanderbilt campus
- MLK Day March in Nashville
- Free Admission at the Discovery Center
From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, attendees will enjoy FREE admission to the Discovery Center, a hands-on children’s museum and nature center. Where: The Discovery Center in Murfeesboro, Tennessee.
- An Evening with Danny Glover
From 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Vanderbilt University is hosting a FREE evening hosted by the actor/activist Danny Glover. It will include a performance by Vanderbilt Choir, essays read by junior and high school students, a discussion with Danny Glover about his life and career, and will end with a candlelight vigil in memory of MLK Jr. Where: The Langford Auditorium on the Vanderbilt campus