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Service is the Theme of Taylor’s 2017 MLK Day Celebration

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Austin Channing Brown

In addition to guest speakers and musical guests, Taylor University's celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday will include service projects in nearby Marion, Ind. 

The theme of for this year’s observation of the King holiday, scheduled for Monday, January 16, will be Service, and coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. For nearly 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 of the late civil rights leader’s legacy and contribution.  

The day’s events begin at 10 am, with chapel in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium with speaker and writer Austin Channing Brown.

Brown serves as resident director and multicultural liaison for Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and has traveled throughout the United States as a featured speaker on issues including racial justice, reconciliation, and womanhood. She has delivered lectures at The Justice Conference, Christians for Biblical Equality International Conference, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) National Conference, and Focus on the Family: Focus Leadership Institute. Brown is also a regular contributor to Today’s Christian Woman, Her.meneutics, Relevant, A Higher Calling, and her blog

The day continues at noon when Brown will deliver a luncheon address* to Taylor student leaders.

From 2–5 pm, Taylor students will perform community service projects at Real Community Church, Homeland Mission and St. Martins in Marion.

Taylor’s 2017 MLK Day events will conclude with a 7:30 pm, performance by Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium, sponsored by the Taylor University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Daniel-Cox will give a lecture-recital titled Highlights of the Dunbar Music Archive during which she will perform works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Betty Jackson King, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, and H. Leslie Adams.

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

*Invitation only