“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 choosingWhere: Various locations.

Monday, January 20:  

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

Beginning at 10:15 am, Nashville citizens will participate in a march and convocation ceremony in memory of MLK. Where: The march will begin at 28th St and Jefferson and end at TSU Gentry Complex.

Photograph by Visitor7,distributed under a CC-BY 3.0 license.
Image by Visitor7,distributed under a CC-BY 3.0 license.
  • 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.

Photograph by Vanderbilt University
Image by Vanderbilt University
  • 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