Middlebury

January 14, 2002

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: January 14, 2002

MIDDLEBURY,
VT
-Middlebury College will join the rest of the nation
on Monday, Jan. 21, to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King,
Jr. in a series of events and activities that will evoke the
enduring spirit of the civil rights leader. All events are
free and open to the public.

From 7:30 to
9 a.m., the fourth annual prayer breakfast will take place
in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South
Main Street (Route 30). The program will include an
invocation from Middlebury College Chaplain Laurel Jordan
and a benediction from Middlebury College Associate Chaplain
and Rabbi Ira Schiffer, a student reading, and brief remarks
by Middlebury College Visiting Instructor and Minority
Research Fellow Sol Levy on “The Mind of Martin Luther
King, Jr.” As part of the program, Twilight
Artist-in-Residence François Clemmons will sing
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” He will also direct
the College choir in a musical tribute to King.

A versatile
performer, Clemmons is the founder of the Harlem Spiritual
Ensemble, and the creator of the role of the friendly police
officer, Officer Clemmons, on the Emmy Award-winning
television show, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Clemmons is currently teaching a winter term course at
Middlebury titled “The History of the American Negro
Spiritual and Its Influence on Western
Civilization.”

A complementary breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and
the program will begin at 8 a.m. Because seating is limited,
breakfast will be served on a first-come, first-served
basis.

Other
activities on Jan. 21 include a lecture and a film titled
“Men of Bronze.” Producer and director Bill Miles
will share opening remarks about his film, which tells the
story of the black American soldiers of the 369th Combat
Regiment known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” who
served alongside the French army in World War I. Miles will
also conduct a question-and- answer session after the film.
The lecture and film will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Dana
Auditorium in the Sunderland Language Center on College
Street (Route 125). At 7:30 p.m. that evening, the film
“From Montgomery to Memphis” will be shown in Room
216 in Bicentennial Hall on Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125).

Throughout
the day on Jan. 21, a video of King’s “I have a
Dream” speech will be on display along with other civil
rights memorabilia and posters in the juice bar and stage
area of the Grille in McCullough Student Center on Old
Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). A photography
exhibition titled “Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris: A
Legacy in Black and White” will also be open through
April 7 at the Middlebury College Museum of Art in the
Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

For more
information, contact Jessa Karki in the Middlebury College
office of institutional diversity at 802-443-5709. To follow
are events calendar listings.

Middlebury
College Events in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 21

7:30-9
a.m. Fourth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer
Breakfast




Brief remarks by Middlebury College Visiting Instructor
and Minority Research Fellow Sol Levy on “The Mind
of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” a student reading, and
music by François Clemmons and the Middlebury
College Choir.

Limited seating. Breakfast available on first-come,
first-served basis at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8
a.m.

McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Road off South Main
Street (Route 30)

Sponsored by Middlebury College Ross Commons

4:30 p.m.
Lecture and Film “Men of Bronze”




Producer and director Bill Miles will share opening
remarks about his film “Men of Bronze,” which
tells the story of the black American soldiers of the
369th Combat Regiment known as the “Harlem
Hellfighters,” who served alongside the French army
in World War I. Miles will also conduct a question and
answer session after the film.

Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, College
Street (Route 125)



7:30 p.m. Film “From Montgomery to
Memphis”



Room 216, Bicentennial Hall, Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125)

On-going
on jan. 21 Display: Video of King’s “I
have a Dream” speech on display with other civil
rights memorabilia and posters.



Juice bar and stage in the Grille, McCullough Student
Center, Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route
30)

On-going
Photography Exhibition: “Charles
‘Teenie’ Harris: A Legacy in

through Black and White”



April 7 Middlebury College Museum of Art, Center for the
Arts, South Main Street (Route 30)

All events
are free and open to the public. For more information,
contact Jessa Karki in the Middlebury College office of
institutional diversity at 802-443-5709.