More events: Music, service, speeches celebrate King

Emory Report | Jan. 9, 2014

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Emory's King Week is an annual campus celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Update 1/14: A conversation on creativity and social justice will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, as part of King Week, honoring the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All events during King Week are free and open to the public.

"Documenting the Undocumented" will be held at noon in the Chace Gallery of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Bernard LaFayette, Laura Emiko Soltis, and the students of Freedom University will discuss the role of art and creativity in advancing social justice in the U.S. South. LaFayette is distinguished senior scholar-in-residence at Candler School of Theology and Soltis is an administrator in the Department of Visual Arts.

The event begins with a tour of the Freedom University Photography Project, which Soltis curated, currently on display in the Chace Gallery.

"Documenting the Undocumented" is an exhibition of student photographs, curated by Dr. Soltis, showing the lives and social realities of undocumented youth banned from Georgia’s top public universities.

Freedom University offers courses by volunteer teachers with university credits for undocumented youths.

For more information, email creativity@emory.edu or contact Candy Tate 404.712.9894.

"Race, Sex, and MLK," a Social Justice Dialogue, will also be held on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in FoodEU. For more information, contact Daniel Kuzmanovich.

Oxford College's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Old Church.

This final event of Emory's King Week will feature Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta), House Minority Leader in the Georgia Legislature.  Performances by student groups Voices of Praise gospel choir and Oxapella as well as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Interdenominational Choir, composed of singers from the Covington area will provide the music.

Emory's MLK Holiday Observance is Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center.

C.T. Vivian, activist, minister, author and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will speak.

Vivian is considered a living icon of the civil rights movement. He organized and participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins, and worked closely with King throughout that era of the movement.

The event is free and open to the public. Contact Arneta Allen for more information.

Friday, Jan. 17 is the deadline to sign up to participate in a service project for the King Week.  volunteer.emory.edu

Emory's Day On of service is Monday, Jan. 20. The University is closed but volunteers have a variety of opportunities for community work at nonprofit agencies in Atlanta.

This year's volunteer options encompass:

  • gardening help at historic sites, schools, parks and nature areas
  • working on Habitat for Humanity projects for senior citizens
  • showing students how to use school resources
  • helping at animal shelters
  • sorting and categorizing medical supplies
  • organizing donations at thrift shops
  • helping at a furniture bank.

The Spelman College Glee Club joins the Candler School of Theology for the 11 a.m. worship hour on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Cannon Chapel.

The performance will feature select pieces from their current repertoire, which consists of sacred and secular choral literature for women’s voices with special emphasis on traditional spirituals, music by African-American composers, music from many cultures and commissioned works.

The Spelman College Glee Club has performed in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration.