ROCK HILL, S.C. - Through a vigil, song and other activities, Winthrop University will honor the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15.
King’s birthday is observed as an official federal holiday and a state holiday on the third Monday of January. This year, the holiday also falls on King’s birthday on Jan. 15. There will be no classes that day at Winthrop and offices will be closed. "These events hopefully will promote a 'Day On' and not just another day off for our students and community members," said Kema Gadson, director of multicultural student life and parent programs. "This is a time for everyone from various backgrounds to come together and reflect the works of a great American hero." A Nobel Peace prizewinner, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray at a Memphis motel in 1968. Winthrop’s celebration, under the direction of the Office of Multicultural Student Life in the Division of Student Life, will include the following for Jan. 15:
On Jan. 22, the multicultural office and the Winthrop Cooperative Campus Ministries will host a lecture by Charles Marsh, author of "The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today," at 7 p.m. in Plowden Auditorium.
For more information, contact Gadson, director of multicultural student life and parent programs, at 803/323-4524.
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