A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Please join us for a day of events focused on looking at our racial past, understanding our current moment, and reflecting on where we go from here.

MLK Day Schedule
10:00am Rediger Chapel Worship with the Gospel Choir, Message by Rusty J. Hawkins
“Honoring Dr. King by Remembering Well”
1:30pm Various Euler Locations Workshop Session 1
Six chances to learn, reflect, and engage.
2:45pm Various Euler Locations Workshop Session 2
Six chances to learn, reflect, and engage.
7:30pm Rediger Chapel Marion Philharmonic “MLK Tribute” Concert
Workshop Sessions

Please join us for our Workshop Sessions in the Euler Science Center for an opportunity to take a deeper look at several topics involving civil rights, history, and our engagement. Sessions include opportunities for historical learning, personal reflection, and hearing the experiences of students, faculty, staff, and guests. Each session will run at 1:30pm and 2:45pm.

Geographies of Resistance: The Story of Black and White Abolitionist Christians in Grant County, Indiana – Euler 118
Robert J. Priest (Taylor U) and Kersten B. Priest (Indiana Wesleyan U)
This presentation examines the free black pioneer settlement of Weaver, located not far from Taylor University and explores the ways in which Black and White Grant County Christians collaborated in the growth and initial flourishing of a black abolitionist settlement during the very time period where Indiana as a state had made it illegal for blacks to settle in Indiana, and for whites to help them do so.

Choosing to Engage in the Conversation: Responding to Art through Creative Writing – Euler 108
Julie Moore and Kelley Hershberger
Practice ekphrastic writing, which means composing poetry, fiction, or essays that specific works of art inspire. Student artist Kelley Hershberger will share her work and participants will respond.

Exploring Segregationist Theology – Euler 109
Rusty Hawkins
Explore primary source documents that show how white Christians in the civil rights years constructed a theology of segregation that viewed God as the author of racial apartheid.

The Impact of Identity – Euler 130
Tracy Manning
Participate in an activity and reflection that allow us to explore how our identities impact our experiences.

Reflections on a Trip through the Civil Rights South – Euler 100
Will Love and student participants
Listen and ask questions as current Taylor University students reflect on their Fall 2018 trip to important civil rights sites throughout the south.

Understanding Our Voice: We All Have Something To Say – Euler 119
Greg Dyson
Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in conversations on race and creating art that represents these experiences.