MLK Day Series of Events
Monday, January 21, 2013   -   9:00 AM
Location:  On-Campus Davidson College

Davidson College invites the public to an extensive series of events on Monday, Jan. 21, to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. The schedule includes activities for children, performances and talks and seminars focused on social justice. The keynote speaker will be civil rights activist, freedom rider, and academician Bob Zellner, a protégé of Martin Luther King. The full schedule is listed below. There is no charge to attend any of the presentations, all of which will take place in the Alvarez College Union. For further information, call 704-894-2225.

King Day for Kids
9-11:30 a.m. in the Brown Atrium
King Day for Kids features activities that promote literacy, social justice, and community involvement for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Participants will engage with Davidson College students in small group readings, storytelling, and arts and crafts.  At the end of the session, the children will receive literacy-based goody bags. Please register by Monday, Jan. 14 via email to or by calling 704-894-2423. 

Keynote Presentation by Bob Zellner
11 a.m. in the Smith 900 Room
Longtime civil rights proponent Bob Zellner will speak about his experiences in a lecture titled after his 2008 memoir, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.

Zellner got involved in the civil rights movement following his graduation from Huntingdon College in Alabama in 1961, and was the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. His activities eventually led him to be arrested 18 times in seven states on charges such as “criminal anarchy” and "inciting the black population to acts of war and violence against the white population."

Fireside Chat with Bob Zellner
1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Sprinkle Room
As a follow-up to his lecture, Zellner will field questions concerning his experiences as a Civil Rights activist.

“The One Who Builds”
1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room
2006 Davidson graduate Peter Carolla presents his documentary film, “The One Who Builds.” Filmed in Greensboro, whose population of 300,000 includes 8,000 refugees, the film focuses on a former Sudanese refugee named Omer. Omer earned his American citizenship and is now ‘paying it forward’ as the founder and director of a refugee resettlement organization. His work with refugees reflects the ideals of Martin Luther King’s “beloved community.” 

“Poetic Reflections of Social Justice”
3-4:45 p.m. in the Smith 900 Room
The college’s “Free Word” spoken word club will bring to life the historic voices of social justice through poetic expression. 

“Young Immigrants in Action: Immigrant and African American Youth Join Forces on Comprehensive Immigration Reform”
3-4:45 p.m. in the Sprinkle Room
Laura Cahue of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center will discuss the contributions of young people across South Carolina toward a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Young immigrants are working with African American college students at Benedict College to become leaders for social change and a future of living together rather than apart. Their efforts on the protection of the human rights of all people draws substantially from the legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and farmworker activist Cesar Chavez. 

Event Type:  Lecture
Contact:  Jeffries, Ernest E