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ETSU to host variety of activities surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Contributed • Jan 18, 2019 at 5:06 PM

East Tennessee State University will host a variety of activities on and surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the national holiday honoring the late civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

Two Days of Service will take place, allowing ETSU students, organizations, faculty and staff to honor King by joining thousands of volunteers throughout the country by taking “a day on, not a day off,” even though the university will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the holiday.

On these Days of Service, which will be held Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.-noon both days, ETSU’s Office of Community Service Programs and Volunteer ETSU will connect participants with nonprofits and other organizations to accomplish a variety of tasks.

Prospective participants may register at www.etsu.edu/mlk-day-of-service. Those registered will be contacted by staff with further information regarding the Days of Service. Additional information may also be obtained via email at [email protected]

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, a panel discussion titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward” will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Millennium Center ballroom. Special panelists include the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, a longtime friend of King, and Adam Dickson, vice mayor and alderman of the Town of Jonesborough and adjunct faculty member in the ETSU Department of Political Science, International Affairs and Public Administration.

During this event, student leaders are invited to engage in dialogue exploring King’s leadership style and how it may be emulated and integrated in today’s society. Refreshments will be served.

In addition, the play “The Meeting” will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Millennium Center ballroom.

This play explores what might have happened had Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. met before they were assassinated, three years apart. The critically acclaimed, award-winning drama was written in 1987 by Jeff Stetson.

The panel discussion and play are free and open to the public.

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