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King Week Schedule 2014

Monday, January 20

Community Service Projects
1:30 PM - 4:30PM 

"'Emory’s Day On' Remembering Martin Luther King Through Service." To volunteer for one of the 17 service projects around the city, please go to Pre-registration is required. Please contact Daniel Kuzmanovich at for more information.

Tuesday, January 21

Discussion with Dr. C.T. Vivian entitled “Dr. Martin Luther King: 21st Century Man”
Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, 4:00 PM

Activist, minister, author, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Vivian is a living icon of the Civil Rights Movement. He organized and participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins, and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the Movement. His work in Birmingham helped win the Civil Rights Bill; in Selma, the Voting Rights Bill; and he was deeply involved in other movements such as those in Nashville, TN; Danville, VA; St. Augustine, FL; and Chicago, IL. Dr. Vivian won his first non-violent direct action movement in 1947 opening restaurants in Peoria, IL.

Wednesday, January 22

Discussion with S.O.U.L.
Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, 6:00 PM

Men in Dialogue—What is your value? As a young man of color, do you feel that you are an "endangered species"? This program will be held to support the talents of our young men but to also engage in an intergenerational dialogue regarding our event’s theme. As an integral part of these activities, an Essay/Poem contest is being sponsored by the book club, S.O.U.L. (Social Organization Uplifting Literacy), which promotes reading, especially among youth. The contest targets ethnic minority males in high school and will award cash prizes from winning entries.

Choral Concert
Coca-Cola Commons, Dobbs University Center, 7:00 PM

A choral concert honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr featuring the Voices of Inner Strength gospel choir.

Thursday, January 23

Worship Hour featuring the Spelman College Glee Club in concert
Cannon Chapel, 11:05AM

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.

Community Service Awards
Rollins School of Public Health auditorium, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, 4:00pm

“Finding Common Ground to Bridge the Divide." The featured speakers will be from Higher Ground, a group of four senior religious leaders from across religious traditions, who come together to raise awareness and to inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community to affect positive change. Speakers include: Reverend Joanna Adams from First Presbyterian Church, Imam Plemon El-Amin from the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Rev. Dr. Joseph L. "Joe" Roberts from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman from the Temple.

Jazz Vesper Service
Cannon Chapel, 7:00 PM

Featuring Dwight Andrews, associate professor of music and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus.  

Social Justice Panel Discussion
Dobbs University Center, FoodEU in the DUC, 7:00 PM

"Race, Sex, and MLK," a Social Justice Dialogue. Sponsored by Volunteer Emory, Office of Student Leadership and Service.

Friday, January 24

Discussion with Doug Shipman entitled “Reflecting Back:  Looking Forward, Why We Still Can’t Wait”
Jones Room, Woodruff Library, 6:00 PM. Reception to follow

Mr. Shipman has an extensive educational background in issues of race, ethnicity, and gender including undergraduate and graduate studies in topics ranging from the relationship between economics and poverty, to the history of American minority groups and religion as applied in social movements including the American Civil Rights movement, the Indian independence movement, and the Buddhist environmental movement in Southeast Asia.

He has also served as a facilitator for discussion groups exploring racial understanding in Richmond, VA and Cambridge, MA. Doug has an MPP (Master of Public Policy) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with an emphasis on domestic politics; an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) from the Harvard Divinity School with an emphasis on religion in public situations and politics and a bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Emory University with majors in Economics and Political Science.  In 2010, Doug was named one of the New Leaders Council's "40 under 40" in the area of political entrepreneurship.  

Saturday, January 25

College Council Experience Shuttles to King Center -10am-5pm

Shuttles leave from Woodruff Circle and the King Center every 25 minutes.

Sunday, January 26

Worship Service
Cannon Chapel, 11:00 AM

Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr., Senior Advisor for Community and Diversity at Emory University (Atlanta), and Director of the Religion Department at The Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, New York) will preach. He is president emeritus of Morehouse College and a former Visiting Scholar at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. He provides commentary for the National Public Radio (NPR) program, “All Things Considered,” and weekly commentary for Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting Television.  

Music provided by the Voices of Inner Strength, gospel choir. Reception follows in Brooks Hall.

Tuesday, January 28

Ecumenical Celebration
Old Church, Oxford College, 7:30 PM

This celebration features 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. For more information, please contact Rev. Lyn Pace at 770.784.8392 or

Other Activities

Ongoing Exhibits

December 15-January 24
“Documenting the Undocumented: The Freedom University Photography Project”
Curated by Dr. Laura Emiko Solitis
Chace Gallery
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

This exhibit recognizes that undocumented youth have knowledge, experiences, and dreams that are valuable to the human story. What makes them “undocumented” is not only the absence of citizenship papers or social security numbers, but also, the absence of their stories documented in the public sphere. Through the medium of photography, undocumented youth are able to illuminate their stories: for themselves and their families, for their ancestors and future generations, for potential supporters who have never heard their voices, and even for those who would rather exclude them as “others” different from “us.” In these visual images, students tell the stories of loved ones central to their immigration experience, document their everyday lives as young immigrants in the South, and express their dreams, hopes, and fears as youth denied equal access to higher education.

January 20-24
Emory Locations Reflecting the Life and Times of the Civil Rights Movement
Compiled by Dr. Gary Hauk, Office of the President

Eleven locations are marked on campus that highlight significant moments in the history of Emory University. These markers include information about community members who helped construct arguments for integration, the creation of the Department of African American Studies, the strengthening of the Black Student Alliance, the King Papers, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the first two African American graduates of Emory—Verdelle Bellamy and Allie Saxon—both from the School of Nursing.


The 2014 King Week Programming Board are grateful to many sponsors of King Week activities:

The Division of Campus Life

Office of Multicultural Programs & Services

Office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life

African American Studies

Candler School of Theology

Black Student Alliance

Cannon Chapel

College Council

Goizueta School of Business

Intefraterntiy Council

Intersorority Council

Multicultural Greek Council

National Pan-Hellenic Council


Oxford College

Rollins School of Public Health

S.O.U.L. (Social Organization Uplifting Literacy)

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Student Government Association

The Office of the President   

Voices of Inner Strength

Voices of Praise

Volunteer Emory, Office of Student Leadership and Service