Marietta College salutes Martin Luther King next week

Marietta College will be honoring Martin Luther King Jr. – and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday -with MLK Week. It will include a variety of speakers, seminars and activities on the campus in Marietta.

The week-long series is hosted by MC’s Office of Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Campus involvement.

Three activities are planned for Monday at MC as part of “MLK Week: Honoring a Legacy of Activism, Community and Civil Rights.”

The Office of Civic Engagement will be presenting film loops of speeches from civil rights movements around the world, including MLK, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony throughout the day.

The Civil Rights 101 Brown Bag Lunch will be noon to 1 p.m. Monday in Thomas Hall 313. The lunch-time lecture will be presented by McKinzie Craig on the basics of civil rights in the U.S.

The final activity on Monday will be a presentation by Al Letson at 6 p.m. in the Great Room at Andrews Hall. During the program, Letson will speak about Bayard Ruston, a black gay Quaker who organized the March on Washington and counseled MLK on nonviolent resistance.

A program entitled “Modern Day Civil Rights Movements” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the McDonough Auditorium, presented by Alex Perry and Jamie Moshin. The program will explore modern-day civil rights movements and the ongoing fight for equality in the U.S. today.

“Pizza and Politics: Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Thomas Hall 124 on the MC campus. The college’s Department of Political Science will host a discussion about the differences between civil rights and civil liberties. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

“An Evening with Dr. King” will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the McDonough Auditorium. The program will feature a reading of MLK’s 1967 speech at MC, followed by a gathering of local alums.

A Candlelight Ceremony for Nelson Mandela will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the McDonough Auditorium. The program will honor the recently deceased 1993 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and recognize his impact on South Africa and the world at large.

The final MLK Week program will be Super Saturday of Service at 9 a.m. Jan. 25 at Izzy’s in Andrews Hall. Participants can write letters in support of a civil rights movement and contribute to the college’s Quilt of Justice.

The events are open to the public.