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Keep Moving Forward is the Theme of Taylor’s 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

  • By: James R. Garringer, Director of Media Relations
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Taylor University’s annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place on Monday, January 15. In addition to special speakers and musical guests, the event includes service projects in nearby Marion, Ind. 

The theme of for this year’s observation of the King federal holiday will be Keep Moving Forward, which comes from the quote by Martin Luther King, “If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

For the past 25 years, Taylor has suspended regularly-scheduled classes for the day and invited students, faculty and staff, as well as the surrounding community to the daylong celebration and study of the late civil rights leader’s legacy and work.  

The day’s events begin at 10 am, with chapel in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium featuring Tali Hairston, Director of the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University.

Hairston is a student of the life and legacy of American civil rights pioneer John M. Perkins. In his role at the Perkins Center, Hairston oversees co-curricular programs in global and urban service learning programs, intergroup dialogue, and experiential education opportunities in justice, poverty, ethnic identity, and cultural capacity. An author and speaker, Hairston has written a number of articles on issues of reconciliation and community development. He also co-teaches and guest lectures in a host of courses, and leads the “interpreting the city” program with Asbury Seminary.

The musical guest during the chapel hour will be Rev. Shonda Gladden, pastor of the St. Paul AME Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

From 2–4 pm, Taylor students will perform community service projects in nearby Marion, Ind., in connection with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

At 7:30 pm, in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium, the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert sponsored by Taylor University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

The public is invited to the chapel and music performance—there is no charge for admission.