For the 26th consecutive year, Taylor University will suspend regularly-scheduled classes to honor and reflect on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day of celebration is Monday, January 21, and coincides with the federal holiday. Taylor officials say there will be numerous opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate.
The day begins with chapel at 10 am, in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium. Dr. Rusty Hawkins, Professor of Humanities and History at Indiana Wesleyan University, will present Honoring Dr. King by Remembering Well. Hawkins, who has co-edited a book, Christians and the Color Line: Race and Religion after Divided by Faith, is finishing a manuscript titled, The Bible Told Them So: Southern White Christians’ Fight against Racial Equality.
The last event of the day is a musical tribute to MLK performed by the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 pm, in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium.
Additionally, the Taylor Student Organization (TSO), will host viewings of the movie adaptation of the novel The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas. The movies will be shown Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January 20, in Cornwall Auditorium. Prior to each viewing, Taylor faculty members Dr. Carie King and Dr. Beulah Baker will facilitate group discussions.
“It is my hope that we can gather around this insightful text by Angie Thomas to better understand current political and social issues as well as better understand our own reactions to these issues,” said King, an Assistant Professor of English.
“We are excited to be joining with others to celebrate Dr. King’s life, understand our current cultural moment, and take some thoughtful reflection about where we go from here,” said Scott Barrett, Director of Residence Life at Taylor. “We hope that our students will understand that civil rights history is all of our history, no matter what our race or culture is. I hope students will be stretched in their thinking and be reflective about their own race and culture.”
During the afternoon, a series of workshops will be held in the Euler Science Complex; start times are 1:30 pm, and 2:45 pm.