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Gardner-Webb Office of Diversity and Inclusion to Host Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Week of Events Scheduled on Jan. 11-18, 2024, will Recognize and Reflect on King’s Immense Contributions

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a weeklong celebration, Jan. 11-18, 2024, to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events will recognize the immense significance of King in the nation’s history and serve as a time to reflect on his tireless efforts to promote justice and equality.

The week kicks off on Jan. 11, 2024, with a program of commemoration at 6 p.m. in Dover Theatre. Director of Diversity and Inclusion Lawrence Brinson stated, “This inspiring evening will include thought-provoking discussions, performances, and a celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.”

Brinson added, “The teachings of King remain a beacon of hope for America and highlight the significance of solidarity, empathy, and the quest for fairness. The MLK Week Celebration presents a chance for our community to unite, educate ourselves, and participate in valuable dialogues about the most pressing concerns. We have organized a range of events throughout the week aimed at promoting active participation and contemplation of Dr. King’s vision. Together, let us continue to inspire positive change and uphold the values that Dr. King held dear.”

Schedule of Events for MLK Week

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 – 6 to 7:30 p.m., , Dover Theatre

Commemorative Program
  • Poetry readings, musical performances, or theatrical presentations.
  • Commemorative speech reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
  • Gathering for a candlelight vigil in honor King.
  • Moments of reflection and silence.

Monday, Jan. 15, 2024

Day of Service

Community members are asked to engage in volunteer activities in the local community and various service opportunities (e.g., food drives, community cleanups, educational initiatives).

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 – 6 p.m., Tucker Theater

Workshop: Social Justice and Civil Rights
  • Panel Discussion: Activism in the Modern Era.
  • Networking Opportunity.

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, 6 p.m., Tucker Theater

Film Screening: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Discussion Session: Reflections.

For more information about these events, contact Brinson at [email protected] or (704) 406-2647.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event.  Please call 704-406-4270 or email [email protected] with your request.

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