Auburn University to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with week-long tribute

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a week-long tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Sunday, Jan. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 24, with the theme “Fulfilling the Dream Through Service: One Auburn One Community.”

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

The week’s events begin with speeches from student finalists in the “Word from the Mountain Top” oratory contest on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. In keeping with the theme of this year’s King Week, contestants will address the question, “What actions should we take to make our nation great in the 21st century?”

A scholarship breakfast on Monday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center will feature Byron Franklin, Auburn University Board of Trustees member, as the keynote speaker. To purchase tickets for this event, call (334) 501-3084 or (334) 844-5042. Monday will also provide an opportunity for community service in “A Day On and Not a Day Off.” To register for this activity, call (334) 844-2976.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn’s Ralph B. Draughon Library, Curtis Jolly, professor and chair of agricultural economics at Auburn, will provide insight on why the United States should have an interest in the development crisis in Haiti. This talk is part of the ongoing Discover Auburn lecture series.

An interfaith service of commemoration will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the new Student Center ballroom to celebrate and promote awareness of various faith communities and traditions. The Auburn University Gospel Choir will perform during this event.

Founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A Inc., Truett Cathy, will speak on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

A roundtable discussion on “Our Call to Consciousness: Dreaming with the Courage to Act,” will take place in the Multicultural Center reading room on Friday, Jan. 23, at 11:45 a.m. The program will explore ways to improve the campus climate for all Auburn students. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Curtis May, director of Reconciliation Ministries, will facilitate a seminar and panel discussion on the subject of “Removing Walls/Building Bridges.”

This year’s King Week activities were coordinated by Access and Community Initiatives, a unit 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 (