Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Know the Past. Improve the Present. Serve the Future.
We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood."
—Coretta Scott King, The Meaning of The King Holiday
Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Shenandoah
Please join us for MLK Week January 21-25, 2019. All MLK events are free and open to the public.
Community is the thread that connects every event in our MLK celebration. “No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood,” Dr. King's widow wrote in an essay about the meaning of the holiday that marks Dr. King's birthday. Events throughout the week encourage everyone at Shenandoah to contribute to the betterment of the world and the local community, with the understanding that good work that benefits even one person, truly benefits us all. We also invite members of the local community to join with us for a week of free activities through which we all volunteer our time in the service of others, celebrate the diversity that enriches our understanding of who we are, and engage in reflection upon the meaning of Dr. King's enduring and inspiring message.
We celebrate what King's widow, Coretta Scott King, called his "great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation," by challenging ourselves, asking tough questions and engaging in honest conversation.
HALO Barbershop Quartet and Discussion
January 21, 3:00-5:00 pm
Harambee Gospel Choir
January 21, 5:00-5:30 pm
Dinner with Roman Banks and Drew Hart
January 21, 6:30-8:00 pm
"Diversity Makes Us Better" Athletics Workshop
January 22, 7:00-9:00 pm
Words in Action, Bodies in Motion, Songs in Flight, with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell
January 23, 3:00-3:50 pm
Children’s Author and Slam Poet, Charles R. Smith, Jr.
January 25, 9:00-11:00 am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness." Shenandoah University chooses the altruistic path.
United Way Materials Packaging
January 21, 9:00-11:30 am
Handley Library Service Projects
January 21, 10:30-2:30 & 3:30-7:30
Rise Against Hunger
January 21, 1:00-3:00 pm
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity Service Projects
January 22, 8:30 am-2:00 pm
F.R.E.E. of Northern Shenandoah Valley Service Project
January 22 & 24, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Our Health Service Project
January 23, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
NW Works Service Project
January 23, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Blue Ridge Hospice Service Project
January 24, 12:00-4:00 pm
Campus Kitchens Meal Packaging
January 24, 7:00-8:00 pm
Town of Middletown Service Project
Dr. King's life and work called upon the nation to reflect on its beliefs and assess its humanity. We encourage individuals to think deeply about their personal commitment to serving humanity with the spirit of unconditional love.
“Igniting the Fuse: John Brown’s Trial” Virtual Reality Experience
January 21, 12:00-5:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance featuring Roman Banks and Drew Hart
January 21, 5:30-6:30 pm
The Ball Pit: Have Ballsy Conversations
January 22, 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Ending American Apartheid: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Heart of Dixie Motel
"A Joyous Daybreak”: MLK, Civil Rights & Emancipation’s Centennial
January 23, 7:00-8:00 pm
Coffee for the Greater Good with Manyang Kher, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan
January 24, 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Dinner Dialogue: Choosing to Forget: Race & Commemoration of African Americans’ Civil War Service
January 24, 6:00-8:00 pm