MU Plans Events to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Methodist University has two events planned in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. Though the University is closed for the holiday, MU’s Center for Community Engagement and the Religious Life office will sponsor the MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15. This event is not open to the general public, though media are welcome to attend. On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host “Martin Luther King, An Interpretation” at 7 p.m. in the Nursing Auditorium. This event, featuring playwright Ira Knight, is free and open to the public.

Day of Service

From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 15, students, faculty, and staff volunteers will come together to spend a “day on” during their day off to serve with the United Methodist Disaster Relief, which is working in partnership with funding from the Cumberland County Foundation to repair homes damaged during Hurricane Matthew. Before departing, the Day of Service will kick off with a brief gathering in the Alumni Dining Room in the Berns Student Center from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. There will be a viewing of a portion of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, along with prayer and recognition of the first class of Community Engagement Fellows.

“We will work in Fayetteville,” said Vice President for Religious Life and Community Engagement Rev. Kelli W. Taylor. “There are still houses in Cumberland County that need to be gutted to prepare for rebuilding, and we will help do some of that work.”

For more information on this project, please contact Taylor at 910.630.7515.

Ira Knight Presents: “Martin Luther King, An Interpretation”

Playwright Ira Knight will present his one-man show about the human side of King at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Nursing Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The show runs about 40 minutes, followed by a 30-minute audience engagement and discussion. Knight, who is described as a leader in the “Bridges and Mirrors” category of theater, wrote the play as a thought-provoking interpretation of the many facets of King.

“We often honor Dr. King as the symbol of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Dr. Antoinette Bellamy, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Our goal in having Mr. Knight’s show is that we gain a new perspective in which we humanize Dr. King and acknowledge him as a father, brother, husband and friend. The man behind the legend.”

For more information on this event, please contact Bellamy at 910.630.7257.