Schedule of MLK activities in Nashville

January 13, 15, 17 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) Film/Discussion Series at Convocation Hour, co-sponsored with the School of Religion Bunch Library Multimedia Hall 10 a.m.

Vanderbilt –Friday, January 17 – Black Cultural Center MLK Kickoff Luncheon 12:00 p.m. • Black Cultural Center Auditorium Come out and enjoy great food and fellowship as we officially kick off the MLK Commemoration. Our program will include a sneak peek at the new MLK art exhibit from New York artist Eric Etheridge. (Belmont)

Friday – Sunday, January 17 -19 – MLK Weekend of Action OACS invites you to join the Vanderbilt community in a weekend of action and reflection as we honor the contributions of Dr. King in seeking justice and challenging the discourse on civil (dis)obedience. This year we will also honor the contributions of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as an example of justice and equality worldwide. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for projects that address specific community needs through intentional service and action. For more info please link to: (Vanderbilt)

January 18 (Saturday)— MLK Youth Forum Downtown Public Library Conference Room, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (IMF, MLK Committee, Metro Human Relations Commission)

January 18 (Saturday)— Day of Service (Allison Long, Americorps VISTA) Tennessee State University Kean Hall 11:00 a.m. More information visit or call 615-963-5383. (Tennessee State)

January 20 (Monday) – Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, offers FREE admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Open to the public: 10:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

January 20, Monday – 12:00 p.m. 208 Light Hall Vanderbilt School of Nursing and School of Medicine Dr. Courtney H. Lyder Dean, UCLA School of Nursing To Dream Again: Lessons From My Mentors (Belmont)

Vanderbilt University – Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m. Nashville Freedom March Leaving from The Ingram Commons at Murray Circle and Kirkland Circle (Breakfast Refreshments) Buses for the 2014 Freedom March arrive for pick up at 9:00 a.m. at Kirkland Circle and Murray Circle in The Ingram Commons. The buses depart campus at 9:25 a.m. and transport students to the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and 28th Avenue North. The march will start at 10:00 a.m., and will arrive at TSU’s Gentry Center at 11:00 a.m. Immediately after the march, buses will be available from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the TSU’s Gentry Center to transport students back to campus. When you sign up for the Nashville Freedom March – as a March participant receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt and a complimentary breakfast.
11:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Nashville Freedom Ride Leaving from Branscomb Circle Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard will conduct a tour of significant sites in the civil rights movement in Nashville. 11:30-11:45 • Students check in at Branscomb 12:00 p.m. • Lunch at Harper’s Soul Food Restaurant 1:00-5:00 p.m. • Tour by Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown

12:00 p.m. MLK Lunchtime Symposium Student Life Center Board of Trust Room Elliott Ozment, Nashville Civil Rights and Immigration Attorney Why We Can’t Wait Elliott Ozment focuses on the plight of brown people today, highlighting the many similarities to the struggle of black people in the Civil Rights era. Ozment draws on King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, which he believes is the best exposition of civil rights/human rights in the English language. Ozment will present the case that the rights of immigrants is the human rights struggle of our time in this country.

12:00 p.m. • 208 Light Hall Dr. Courtney H. Lyder Dean, UCLA School of Nursing To Dream Again: Lessons From My Mentors School of Nursing and Medical School Keynote Speaker (In conjunction activity) Afternoon Service Opportunities with the School of Nursing and Medical School

Afternoon Teach-Ins 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Teach In (A) “Movie Moments” with Danny Glover • Sarratt Cinema Our MLK keynote speaker, Danny Glover will be on stage with moderators Dr. Frank E. Dobson, Jr. and Producer/Director Carolyn McDonald to explore some of Glover’s most memorable roles and examine his use of film to inspire social activism. Closing remarks and reflection by Prof. Alice Randall. Seating is first-come, first-served.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Teach-In (B) Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders • Black Cultural Center Photographer Eric Etheridge presents the stories behind his powerful exhibit of the Freedom Riders including mug shots which bring to light the enormous struggles of those who faced senseless violence and staggering injustice while leading the charge for civil rights and justice for all people.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Teach In (C) Reflections on Social Justice In a Global Context: Martin, Mandela, Means, and Their Movements The Ingram Commons Multi-Purpose Room Moderated by Prof. Paul Lim, the panel features civil rights journalist John Seigenthaler, Vice Chancellor David Williams, Prof. Clive Mentzel, and VU students discussing their views of the American civil rights movement and comparing it to the South African struggle against apartheid, as well as the American Indian struggle, led by Russell Means. The discussion aims to help attendees gain more insight into social justice movements historically and globally, while also helping them to see how they might continue the movement toward justice in their own unique ways.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reflections on Service and Social Justice • OACS Lounge (305 Sarratt/Rand) Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) Students, faculty and staff who dedicated time to service over the weekend are invited to reflect with us on their experiences through the lens of our great social justice leaders, MLK Jr. and Nelson Mandela. For more info, visit

January 20 (Monday, MLK Day) Candlelight Vigil (Stephen Martin and Black Students Association) Meet in the Beaman Student Center Lobby 6 p.m. (Belmont)

Vanderbilt – January 20, Monday
6:30 p.m.–An Evening with Danny Glover – Opening Performances • Langford Auditorium Vanderbilt Choir, Voices of Praise, Victory A Cappella

6:45 p.m. MLK Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners’ Recital 1st and 2nd Place Winners from High Schools and Middle Schools recite their essays/poem7:00 p.m. Welcome by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos Introductions by Morgan Franklin, Black Student Alliance President and Isaac Escamilla, Vanderbilt Student Government President MLK Keynote: An Evening with Danny Glover Moderated by Distinguished Professor Dale P. Andrews of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, this keynote presents an evening of engaging discussion with actor/activist Danny Glover. Glover will talk about his career as an actor and his many endeavors as a social activist. Community and campus questions will be answered by Glover throughout the evening. General admission tickets are free and available January 6th at the Sarratt Box Office. Maximum of 4 tickets per person. For ticket availability, call 615-343-3361. No reserved tickets.

8:10 p.m. Candlelight Vigil (following keynote) Join us for an inspirational interfaith service that bears witness to the shining light that Dr. Martin Luther King was in our world and to the continuing light of his legacy among us. Vanderbilt University and Divinity School students will lead this service. Thanks to Professor Rev. Dr. Dale Andrews and Assistant Dean Rev. Dr. Amy Steele for coordinating the planning of this service.

8:30 p.m. Reception in Light Hall Lobby (Light Refreshments)

January 22 (Wednesday) Keynote Address: “Postracial Blues: Notes on Religion and the Twenty-First Century Color Line” Dr. J. Kameron Carter (Duke University) Neely Dining Hall | 10 a.m.
Worship Service with Belmont Black Students Association Neely Hall 7 – 9 p.m. (Belmont)

January 23, Thursday – 12:00 p.m. Vanderbilt Law School Renaissance Room (1st Floor) Dr. Kenneth Mack The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Belmont)

January 23, Thursday – 4:10 p.m. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Dr. Velma McBride Murry Re-Examining the MLK Dream: Paradoxical Life Patterns of African Americans (Vanderbilt)

January 24 (Friday) Faith, Racial Reconciliation and the Color Line Renita Weems (American Baptist College) Neely Hall |10 – 10:50 a.m. (Belmont)

January 27 (Monday) Campus Dialogue on Race: Led by Gary Hunter Neely Hall | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Belmont)

January 29 (Wednesday) 21st Century Leadership and the Color Line Barbara Williams-Skinner Neely Hall | 10 – 10:50 a.m. (Belmont)