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. 16, through Friday, Jan. 20, with the theme “The Time is Always Right to do What’s Right: One Auburn, One Community.”

Highlights of the week will include a scholarship breakfast, guest speakers, lectures, student performances and community service projects. The public is invited to all events.

The week will begin with a scholarship breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, which will feature Gilbert Rochon, Tuskegee University president, as the keynote speaker. To purchase tickets for the event, call (334) 501-3084 or (334) 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 (334) 844-5042.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Georgette Norman, director of the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, will give a talk titled, “Undoing Racism.” The event will take place in the Student Center, room 2222, 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.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Reading Room, Student Center, room 1330, there will be music and reflections on the life of King. Participants are asked to bring a favorite quote or personal reflection to share.

A Discover Auburn lecture will take place in the Special Collections and Archives Department in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. Walter B. Hitchcock, retired Auburn University English professor, will give the talk, “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Devil or Angel.” That evening at 7 p.m., a Voices of Freedom Interfaith Service will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center auditorium and will feature the Auburn University Gospel Choir, God’s House of Prayer Holiness Church Gospel Choir, Greater Peace Baptist Church Gospel Choir and White Street Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choir.

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon of the “Becoming Alabama: Immigration and Migration in Alabama” conference on Friday, Jan. 20. The luncheon will take place at noon at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. For information on conference and luncheon registration, go to http://www.cla.auburn.edu/cah/becomingalabama.cfm.

In addition, Auburn University Montgomery will hold its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Reflections breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. at 230 Taylor Center in Montgomery. Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the speaker. The event is free, but those who wish to attend must RSVP for the event. Call (334) 244-3904 or (334) 844-5042 by Wednesday, Jan. 11, to make a reservation.

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 https://fp.auburn.edu/aci/kingweek.

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

Contact: Paulette Dilworth, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (334) 844-5042 (ppd0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)