Friday, January 13, 2017

[247] MTSU observes Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with candlelight vigil

MURFREESBORO — While MTSU will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the campus community will conduct a candlelight vigil in his honor.

The Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs will hold the vigil hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

Derrick Hayes, a motivational speaker and author of “1 WORD is All It Takes,” will deliver the keynote address. Hayes developed the Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund at Tennessee State University, his alma mater. It has raised more than $500,000 for students in TSU’s College of Business, according to

In addition, there will be musical performances from Don Aliquo, MTSU professor of saxophone and jazz studies, and MTSU’s Generation of Purpose Gospel Choir, and presentations by Alpha Phi Alpha members.

“The vigil serves as an opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to social activism and the legacy that has inspired us to continue his movement,” said Daniel Green, director of the Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs.

Green reminds attendees of the change from the traditional vigil location at Keathley University Center Theater to the new location inside the Student Union in the second floor ballroom. For off-campus visitors seeking directions to the Student Union, a searchable campus parking map is available at

For more information, contact Green at 615-898-5812 or

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