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Lee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Lee University's Cultural Diversity Committee will host a series of events leading up to, during, and after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The events will consist of chapel speakers and guest lecturers and will run from Thursday, Jan. 14 – Thursday, Jan. 21. Instead of cancelling classes, Lee University created "A Day On, Not a Day Off," in which professors celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by incorporating his writing, speeches, and ideas during class time.

“These events are an invitation for the Lee and Cleveland communities to celebrate diversity and to grow in our sense of empathy and understanding,” said Dr. Mary McCampbell, assistant professor of humanities. “We also want to explore the prophetic truth of Dr. King’s famous assertion: ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”.’”

Ron Hill, pastor of Cleveland Church of God Sanctified, will speak in chapel on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:40 a.m. in the Conn Center. Hill served for 33 years in education with Cleveland City Schools as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Since 2009, he has served as one of the field experience supervisors for student teachers from Lee University.

On Monday, Jan. 18, professors across campus will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by incorporating King’s writing, speeches, and ideas during class time.

On Monday evening, Lee will host the annual Dream Keepers awards ceremony on campus at 6 p.m. in the Dixon Center. The Bradley County Minister’s Fellowship established the Dream Keeper Award, which is given to black students in grades seven through 12. The Bradley County branch of NAACP and 100 Black Men of Bradley County both support the ceremony.

Kevin Smith, senior pastor of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, will speak in chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 10:40 a.m. in the Conn Center. The sermon is titled “How Pro-Life Are We Really?” Smith has spent 22 years in the ministry, planting and pastoring churches in Maryland, Florida, and Tennessee.

Later on Tuesday, Charles Moulden and Sam Venable will host a lecture titled “Fragments of Hate.” In 1968, a few days after King was assassinated, Moulden was shot while fishing in the Ocoee National Park, which was considered to be “whites only” at this time. His story remained untold until recently, when Venable, a Knoxville Sentinel reporter, researched Moulden’s case and wrote a series of award-wining articles highlighting Moulden’s experience. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Room 103 of the Humanities Center.

The week will end on Thursday evening with a showing of “Selma,” the 2014 historical drama film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Communication Arts Building. Snacks and drinks will be served before the film and attendants can participate in a discussion session after the film.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Megan Moe, Cultural Diversity Chair, at mmoe@leeuniversity.edu or Dr. Mary McCampbell, MLK Week Chair, at (423) 614-8353 or mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu.


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