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Lee to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lee University's faculty and staff Cultural Diversity Committee will host a series of events beginning Jan. 22, commemorating the work, theology, and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The events will consist of lectures, MLK-themed chapel services, film showings, and multiple panels.

“These events are an invitation for the Lee and Cleveland community to more deeply understand the interconnectedness between racial justice and the central tenets of the Christian faith,” said Dr. Mary McCampbell, associate professor of humanities at Lee. “Dr. King reminded us that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ so as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must be willing to ‘mourn with those who mourn’ and carry one another’s burdens in the name of Christ.”

During MLK week, the Conn Center chapel services will focus on racial justice issues. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Lee University Campus Pastor Rob Fultz and Reverend Harold Bare from Covenant Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, will speak. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Reverend Kevin Smith of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga will speak on the biblical imperatives of racial reconciliation.

A panel discussion, “The Hidden Burden of Racial Trauma,” will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Lecture Hall, located in the Humanities Center. The panel will focus on the ways in which the traumatic events of American history are still affecting the collective and individual psyches of Americans of all races. Donivan Brown, co-director of the “Office of Truth, Lament, and Repair” for The Mission Chattanooga will act as panel facilitator. He makes the argument that all Americans have inherited the impact of unjust actions and systems in our nation’s history and that these traumas look different along racial lines.

Additional panel participants include Dr. Heather Dryden, trauma therapist; Nesha Evans, academic administrator at Chattanooga State; Dr. Kirstee Williams, therapist and associate professor of psychology at Lee; Rachel Tolliver, psychiatric nurse and lecturer in nursing at Lee; and Dr. Ludine Pierre, trauma therapist.

Events to honor MLK’s spiritual and academic legacy will continue throughout the semester. On Feb. 26, a lecture, “Looking Justly: Race, Gender, and Photography,” will be given by Dr. Elissa Weichbrodt, assistant professor of art at Covenant College.

On March 18, there will be a lecture and discussion over the history and impact of confederate monuments and the confederate flag. Dr. Andrew Bledsoe, assistant professor of history at Lee, and Indyasia Fowler, a graduate of Lee, will lead the discussion.

Several film showings and discussions, as well as a panel discussion on racial reconciliation, will also take place later this spring.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact McCampbell at (423) 614-8353 or mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu.
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