Berea College staff, faculty and students observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 15 with events throughout the day co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Black Cultural Center, Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College Music Department and Union Church.
The celebration activities began at 9:30 a.m., when representatives from the College and the wider Berea community gathered at Union Church before members of the College’s Black Music Ensemble and community led a march from Union Church to Gray Auditorium in Presser Hall on Berea’s campus. The keynote performance at 10:30 a.m. featured “The Good Food Revolution,” by Malik Yakini, co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.
The afternoon convocation featured “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: A One-Woman Play,” which was performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye in Phelps-Stokes Chapel. Following the convocation, the College’s Black Male Leadership Initiative hosted a reception and conversations with Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye and Malik Yakini in the Gallery of the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education.
View a gallery of photos of the day’s events below.