Students Remind Us That “The Dream” Still Matters

Participants march past Reardon Auditorium on the AU campus.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Anderson University will celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service projects and opportunities for reflection and hands-on learning. Classes will be suspended for the day. Monday, January 20, will include the traditional Anderson University participation in the citywide MLK Jr. Day celebration at the Paramount Theatre. Students can take advantage of the shuttle service from Olt Student Center every fifteen minutes between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM. The citywide celebration will conclude with the annual Peace and Justice March from Paramount Theatre to Reardon Auditorium.

There will be several opportunities to hear from speakers throughout the celebration week. Individuals will also be able to engage directly in several forums. “We have a lot of different speakers this year compared to last,” said K’Mia Clarett, student success coordinator at AU. “This will give people the chance to truly experience the theme and talk about it.

The theme this year urges us to remember that the dream still matters. Director of the Cultural Resource Center, Michael Thigpen mentions, “It is important that we do not let time allow us to lose sight of Dr. King’s dream. What he was fighting for is still extremely relevant today.” Several lines from Dr. King’s speech will be elevated throughout the celebration.

The full MLK Day schedule can be found at www.anderson.edu/mlk.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana, with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by US News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than sixty undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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