Tuesday, January 26, 2016

[276] MTSU candlelight vigil to shine on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 18

MURFREESBORO — “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

The stirring words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will illuminate the official observance of his birthday as the MTSU Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. present a public candlelight vigil from 6-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Keathley University Center Theater.

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, of which the late civil rights leader was a member, will deliver presentations along with Bishop Chris Johnson, pastor of Zion Christian Ministries in Murfreesboro.

MTSU’s Dance Theatre and the Generation of Praise gospel choir will lend their talents to the appreciation of King’s commitment to social activism.

King’s actual birthday was Jan. 15, 1929. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill to create an official federal holiday. In a 1992 proclamation, President George H.W. Bush declared that the holiday would be observed on the third Monday in January each year.

This event is free and open to the public. A searchable parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking2015-16.

For more information, contact Daniel Green, director of the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, at 615-898-5812 or daniel.green@mtsu.edu.

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