Anderson University plans lineup of activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day | News

ANDERSON – Anderson University will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15 and 16 with service projects and opportunities for reflection and hands-on learning.

With classes suspended on Jan. 15, Anderson University officials and students will participate in the traditional citywide celebration at the Paramount Theatre. The citywide celebration will conclude with the annual Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus.

Students will be able to take advantage of the shuttle service from Olt Student Center to the Paramount every 15 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

This year’s campus celebration includes “A Day in 1960: Then and Now What.”

“This simulation explores the challenges of the 1960s and the systemic effects on our current society. Participants will be given tools to identify microaggressions and combat them,” said Michael Thigpen, director of the campus cultural resource center.

A free screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” will be sponsored by Nicholson Library at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Reardon Auditorium.

A Martin Luther King Jr. chapel service on Jan. 16 will feature the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a group of African-American males ages 8-18 who study the art of performance poetry as an active tool to keep them focused in their schools and community. Their performance will include classic poetry, movement poetry and spoken word.

Concluding the events will be the first of the four-part Peace and Conflict Transformation lecture series at 7 p.m. at Reardon Auditorium. The opening lecture will feature Arno Michaels, founding member of a white supremacist skinhead organization, who will explain how he came to embrace diversity and practice gratitude.


Jan. 15

11 a.m. “The Gathering” in Miller Chapel, an introduction to the day

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Shuttle service from Olt Student Center to Paramount Theatre.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Citywide MLK Jr. Day Celebration, Paramount Theatre

1:30 p.m. Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium

3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. “A Day in 1960: Then and Now What?” Decker 133

3-5 p.m. Service Projects

3-6 p.m. Prayer Labyrinth (come-and-go event), Nicholson Library

7 p.m. Free viewing of the movie “Hidden Figures,” Reardon Auditorium. Sponsored by Nicholson Library

Jan. 16

11 a.m. Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, Reardon Auditorium

7 p.m. Opening PACT Lecture: Arno Michaels, Reardon Auditorium

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