Martin Luther King, Jr. Events at Berea College


Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 19, 2015, including a convocation featuring Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as speaker. The observance activities are co-sponsored by the Office of the President; Black Cultural Center; Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education; African and African American Studies; Campus Life; Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS); Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center; Loyal Jones Appalachian Center; and Technology Resource Center. The public is invited to participate.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Annual Celebration Schedule of Events – January 19, 2015

12:30p  Musical Warm-Up – Berea Dining Services (basement of Alumni Building) Open to the community

1:00p  March to Phelps Stokes Auditorium departing from Dining Services

1:30p  Music of Protest—Community Sing, Phelps Stokes Auditorium. Led by members of the Black Music Ensemble, Folk & Roots Ensemble, Bluegrass Ensemble and Berea Community Choirs

2:30  Refreshments served

3:00p  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation – “The Role of Youth in the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Birmingham” at Phelps Stokes Auditorium, Berea College, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Portrait of Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), Hrabowski also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.”

At the convocation, Dr. Hrabowski will share perspectives on the Civil Rights movement, including being jailed for participating in the Birmingham Children’s March, and his insights from a career in education. Although challenges persist, he believes each of us  can inspire positive change.

For more information please contact the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at: 859-985-3785

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.