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.

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