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A Day to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King

Hamline University will livestream its commemoration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 4 p.m. The event will focus on Dr. King’s speech titled “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Dr. King delivered this address at the 11th Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August 16, 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The speech includes the often-quoted line, “...the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” and it also reflects on the concepts of power and love. King states, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

Staff and students from the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs planned the commemoration. The program will feature reflections and remarks from Hamline University President Fayneese Miller; student Emily Hildebrand; Senior Lecturer of Dance and Theatre Kaori Kenmotsu; Bush Memorial Library Information Literacy & Collection Development Librarian Kimberly Feilmeyer. Jazmine Ngwu, president of the Black Student Collective, will deliver the Charge to the University Community. Music will be provided by Sherri Orr (former director of the Hamline University Gospel Choir) with special musical guests Courtland Pickens and a community youth choir.

The commemoration will be livestreamed at Hamline.edu/stream on Tuesday, January 19 at 4 p.m.

Event press release.

Service Opportunities

The MLK Day of Service will be offered to pre-registered faculty, staff, and students a tangible way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community-building with local nonprofit organizations.

Several service opportunities are being coordinated by the Wesley Center, including:

  • Making "Kits for Keystone" on Tuesday, January 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Hamline-Midway Food Empowerment on Wednesday, January 20 and 27, which allows Hamline University members to participate in packing meals (11 a.m.) and distributing food in the parking lot of Hancock Recreation Center (12 - 2 p.m.).
  • Creating handy food bags for Keystone Community Services from your own home.

If you are interested in participating, RSVP to Chaplain Nancy Victorin-Vangerud at nvictorinvangerud01@hamline.edu or 612-810-0354.

For information on the MLK Commemoration, contact the Hedgeman Center at 651-523-2423 or hedgemancenter@hamline.edu.


Written by staff.