Auburn University to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with weeklong tribute

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a weeklong tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Monday, Jan. 17, through Friday, Jan. 21, with the theme “Paying it Forward to Change the World: One Auburn, One Community.”

Highlights of the week will include an oratory contest, a scholarship breakfast, guest speakers, lectures, student performances and community service projects. All events are open to the public.

The week’s events begin with a scholarship breakfast on Monday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, which will feature Trooper Taylor, Auburn University assistant head football coach, as the keynote speaker. To purchase tickets for the event, call 501-3084 or 844-5042. Monday’s events will also include the community service project, “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” To register for this project, call 844-5042.

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, Dana Chandler, university archivist at Tuskegee University, will give a talk titled, “George Washington Carver: The First Green Scientist.” The talk will take place in the Student Center, room 2222/2223 at 11:45 a.m., and is part of the ongoing Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Lunch and Learn lecture series. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Jennifer Saffron, adjunct lecturer of Film Studies and English at the University of Pittsburgh will give the lecture, “It Takes a Village: Youth Media Literacy and Service-Learning,” on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center, room 2222/2223. The event is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draghon Center for the Arts and Humanities and Access and Community Initiatives.

A Discover Auburn lecture will take place in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will share insight on the status of diversity and inclusive excellence at Auburn University.

Student finalists in the “Word from the Mountain Top” oratory contest will be announced on Friday, Jan. 21, at 11:45 a.m. in the Multicultural Center. In keeping with the theme of this year’s King Week, contestants will address the question, “How do we honor Dr. King’s legacy of uniting communities and paying it forward?”

This year’s King Week activities were coordinated by Access and Community Initiatives and the Multicultural Center units of the Auburn University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information on this year’s King Week at Auburn University, go to

Contact: Paulette Dilworth, (334) 844-5042 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (