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

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will host a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, with events taking place through Friday, Jan. 25.

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.

An Auburn Serves Volunteer Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by University Outreach, the program will provide information about opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved in community improvement efforts. For more information, contact Joyce Thomas-Vinson at (334) 844-5117.

On Monday, Jan. 21, Shirley Sherrod, author and a leading figure in a recent civil rights struggle, will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Scholarship Breakfast at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The scholarship breakfast is sponsored by the National Forum for Black Administrators of East Alabama, Auburn’s Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Access and Community Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For ticket availability, call (334) 844-5042.

Sherrod is the author of “Courage to Hope: How I Stood up to the Politics of Fear,” which recounts her struggles against racial and economic injustice from childhood through the Civil Rights era and following decades into the early days of the Obama Administration. She became nationally prominent in 2010, when political anarchists doctored her taped remarks against economic discrimination in agriculture policy to reverse their meaning and falsely label her as a racist. During the brief time it took for the subterfuge to be revealed, Sherrod left the Obama Administration and reclaimed her standing as a nationally recognized advocate for economically disadvantaged persons of all races.

Also that Monday, volunteers within the Auburn community and the university will participate in a day of community service. For information and to register, call (334) 844-5042.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Multicultural Center’s Lunch and Learn Series will present a panel discussion, “Issues of Social Justice,” at 11:45 a.m. in Student Center 2222. Panel speakers will include faculty from the College of Liberal Arts: Paula Backscheider and Hilary Wyss of the Department of English, Mitchell Brown of the Department of Political Science and Kelly Kennington of the Department of History.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Multicultural Center’s Lunch and Learn Series will feature the film “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” at 11:45 a.m. in Student Center 2222. The film is the biography of an organizer and journalist who for 60 years participated in significant movements for racial and economic justice in the South.

A Voices of Freedom interfaith concert is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University. The concert will feature the Auburn University Gospel Choir, the White Street Missionary Baptist Church Choir and the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

The week’s formal activities will conclude on Friday, Jan. 25, with a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration to be held at the Multicultural Center, Student Center 1330, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will feature music and reflections on the iconic civil rights leader.

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(Written by Roy Summerford.)

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