AU to remember MLK through service and celebration

Tue, 2013-01-15 11:30 -- univcomm
January 15, 2013

Anderson University will suspend classes on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for a day of reflection and service to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"This year's theme and Dr. King's quote are deeply challenging," said Stuart Erny, director of campus ministries. "They remind us that to stay silent in the midst of injustice is to support that injustice. Working for justice usually requires us to swim against the current, to speak out against the status quo, to stand in solidarity with those who are on the losing end of things. In other words, to be extremists for love."

The day of service will include a “Diner Chat,” a continental breakfast open to the public located in Decker Hall (the bottom floor) at 10 a.m.

Various service projects and campus activities will be held between 2 - 4 p.m. Anderson University will also join the city of Anderson in a collective walk to the Paramount Theatre for the city-wide MLK Jr. celebration.

The day concludes with a free showing for the campus and public at Reardon Auditorium of “Four Little Girls," a documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement. At 7 p.m., a candlelight vigil at the Eternal Flame in front of Decker Hall will take place.

"I hope that the take-away from this years' MLK Day is — Do Something! Don't just allow injustices, great or small, to take place," said Michelle Williams, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student services. "Don't just stand by and watch as others suffer. Join in the fight for justice; be a proactive proponent — your voice matters!"

A full schedule for the service day on Monday, Jan. 21, is listed below, and may also be viewed in PDF format. To volunteer for the service day, see the volunteer schedule [PDF] for more information.

Monday, January 21, 2013

  • 10 a.m. "Diner Chat" continental breakfast (Bottom of Decker Hall)
  • 11:15 a.m. Collective Walk (Meet at Reardon and walk to Paramount Theatre) Anderson City Community invited to partner with AU community in a walk to the Paramount Theatre celebration.
  • 12 - 1:30 p.m. City-wide MLK Jr. Celebration (Paramount Theatre)
  • 2 - 4 p.m. Various Service Projects (Sign-up to serve [PDF])
  • 5 - 7 p.m. Evening Film, "Four Little Girls" (Reardon Auditorium) - chapel credit given
  • 7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil (Eternal Flame)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • 11 a.m. MLK Chapel with special guest Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders, (Reardon Auditorium)
  • 11:50 a.m. Living Timeline Displayed after Chapel (Reardon Lobby)
  • 6 p.m. MLK “Extremist for Love” talk-back session (Mocha Joe's)

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, there will be a special chapel in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Cheryl Sanders. Sanders has been senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. since 1997, and is professor of Christian ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity where she has taught since 1984. She has published more than 100 works including several books. For a full bio, visit the chapel page on the AU MLK website.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.