Anderson, Indiana

AU to remember MLK through service and celebration

Tue, 2014-01-14 08:27 -- univcomm
January 14, 2014

Anderson University will suspend classes on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, for a day of reflection and service to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"This year's theme gets to the heart of what holds us back from 'Crossing Borders and Connecting Worlds': Fear," said Michelle Williams, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student services. "It is only when we take a risk and venture into the unknown that we find out that we had nothing to fear at all."

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 the movie, “Crash." At 7 p.m., a candlelight vigil at the Eternal Flame in front of Decker Hall will take place.

"I'm hopeful that our community will engage in dialogue and service that enables us to get to know one another better," said Williams.

A full schedule for the service day on Monday, Jan. 20, 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 20, 2014

  • 10 a.m. “Make your Mark: Remembering the March on Washington” (Miller Chapel School of Theology)
  • 11:15 a.m. Collective Walk (Depart from School of Theology and walk to Paramount Theatre)
  • 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, "Crash" (Reardon Auditorium) - chapel credit given
  • 7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil (Eternal Flame)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • 11 a.m. MLK Chapel with special guest Rev. Dr. James Earl Massey, (Reardon Auditorium)
  • 6 p.m. Student-led Forum: “Racial Issues at AU” (Mocha Joe's)

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, there will be a special chapel in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with guest speaker Rev. Dr. James Earl Massey. Massey is Dean Emeritus of Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. For fifty years he has been an extraordinary Christian communicator in pulpit and classroom, serving as Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit (1954-1976), missionary educator in Jamaica (1964-1967), Campus Minister of Anderson University (1969-1977), Speaker on the “Christian Brotherhood Hour” radio broadcast (1977-1982), Dean of the Chapel of Tuskegee University (1984-1989), and Dean of Anderson School of Theology (1989-1995). For a full bio, visit the chapel page on the AU MLK website.

Anderson University is a private Christian university 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, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.