This January, Beloit will host a week of events celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Remembrance and Celebration events will take place Monday, Jan. 21-Friday, Jan. 25.
The week begins with the 8th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at Eaton Chapel with music by the Beloit Community Ministers’ Fellowship Youth Choir. A group of local community and college speakers, including President Scott Bierman, Linda Fair, former director of the Merrill Community Center and the retention specialist at Community Action, a selected Beloit College student and others, will offer reflections on Dr. King’s legacy and message and its continued relevance and importance as part of an hour-long service.
Following the convocation, guests are invited to visit the Wright Museum of Art to view the Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection. The traveling exhibition of collected portraiture created by artists of African descent features the black face in representational and conceptual portraiture.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, there will be a reading of the first act of Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Amy Sarno’s play, Do You See What I’m Saying? from 4-6 p.m. at the Wright Museum of Art. The play recounts the history of the Fairbanks Flats, which formerly served as a segregated housing complex for Fairbanks Morse Engine’s African-American workers. Sarno has been working on the play in collaboration with the Shore Drive/Maple Avenue Neighborhood Association, Beloit College students, and Darren Kelly.
Following the reading, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., will give a lecture titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ‘N word’” at 8 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall. Moore is the founder of the White Privilege Conference.
The Office of Intercultural Affairs will present “Lessons & Letters from a Birmingham Jail,” a student-produced poetry/spoken word event featuring the “Soulshakers,” the Beloit Poetry Club, and a special performance by Beloit College sophomore Calago Hipps as Dr. King. The event is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.
Thursday, Jan. 24, “Gospel Music,” a lively, moving concert featuring the choirs of the local faith community will take place in Eaton Chapel from 7-9:30 p.m. Participating choirs include the New Royal Travelers and the Christian Jubilees.
Finally, throughout the week, “A Reflection on the Legacy and Life of MLK, Jr.”, will be on display in the Hales Gallery of the Wright Museum of Art. The showcase is sponsored by Intercultural Affairs and Black Students United. Residential Life will also display a MLK timeline in D.K.’s Cafe in Pearsons Hall.
All Martin Luther King, Jr. events are free and open to the public. Check back to www.beloit.edu in the coming weeks for more details.
From the Jan. 16-22, 2013, issue