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Davidson Will Remember MLK Jr. at "Time for Transformation"

December 20, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Chritmas in Davidson
Rev. Wyatt T. Walker of Cannan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, N.Y.

The public is invited to participate in Davidson College's annual remembrance of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The college's two-day celebration will include activities for all ages, focused on the theme, "Continuing the Legacy at a Time for Transformation."

The events will be:

Sunday, January 20
6 p.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union--The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration begins with a "Gospel Explosion" of song and music.

Monday, January 21
7:30 a.m., Vail Commons--A Unity Prayer Breakfast leads off Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, featuring a talk by Rev. Chiffie Tumblin of Gesthemene Baptist Church in Davidson.

9 a.m., Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union--Learn more about the civil rights movement with a "Civil Rights Cinema" presentation.

9 a.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union--School-age children can celebrate "King Day For Kids," a program of storytelling and other activities that will introduce them to the civil rights movement and the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

11:30 a.m., Baker Sports Complex--Rev. Wyatt T. Walker of Cannan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York, will lead a "Community Hour." Walker has an extensive record in civil rights dating back to 1960, when he became the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which was founded by Martin Luther King Jr. Dubbed the "Harlem Renaissance Man," Walker is the nation's foremost authority on the music of the African-American religious experience and its influence on the freedom movement.

12:30 p.m., Baker Sports Complex--A luncheon will follow the community hour from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

2:30 p.m., Alvarez College Union--The "Martin Luther King Jr. Perspective Seminar Series" will features presentations by Rev. Wyatt T. Walker and members of the college community. Rev. Walker will lead a "fireside chat" in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room. John Dover, Davidson's associate dean of admission and financial aid and director of multicultural recruitment, will give a talk entitled "Applying the Dream: Dealing with Multiculturalism on College Campuses" in Room 313 of the Alvarez College Union. Karl Plank, Cannon Professor and chair of the religion department, will speak on "Praying with One's Feet: Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Luther King, and the Pursuit of Civil Rights" in Room 302 of the Alvarez College Union.

2:30 p.m., Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union--Learn more about the civil rights movement with a "Civil Rights Cinema" presentation.

7 p.m., Love Auditorium--The "Martin Luther King Jr. Community Worship Service" will conclude the day's activities. The service will feature a sermon by Rev. James Howell of Davidson United Methodist Church.

For more information on any of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at Davidson College, call 704-894-2225.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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