D&E plans events for MLK Jr. Day

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events throughout campus on Monday. Students, along with administrators and faculty, will take part in the programs focusing on diversity and equality.

“For years now Davis & Elkins College has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard. “The events slated to take place on Monday will applaud a transformational leader in the history of our country. Personally, when I think of Martin Luther King Jr. a song by my favorite musical act comes to mind. To quote U2’s ‘Pride (In The Name of Love),’ ‘Early morning, April Four; Shot rings out in the Memphis sky. Free at last, they took your life; They could not take your pride. In the name of love; What more in the name of love.'”

The campus community will have the opportunity to watch the “March on Washington” video and listen to King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madden Student Center rotunda.

Beginning at noon, dining services will offer cake in Benedum Dining Room in celebration of what would have been King’s 89th birthday.

The public is invited to a Service in Memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. in Robbins Memorial Chapel. Organized by D&E Adjunct Professor in Dance Laurie Goux, the celebration will include music and readings from senior Denise Folley of Charlottesville, Va., a presentation by President Chris A. Wood, scripture, a film excerpt of King’s sermon “A Knock at Midnight,” and a medley of civil rights songs performed by Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob McCutcheon. In addition, Goux will present a poem and dance.

The ceremony will conclude with a conversation titled “Where do we go from here?” and the lighting of candles for peace.

“From the bridge of Selma over the Mississippi River, to the mouth of the river Nile, the valleys of West Virginia, to the high peaks of the Himalayas, from Martin Luther Kings’ America to Nelson Mandela’s Africa, the journey of equality moves on,” Goddard said.

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