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Posted on: January 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] MTSU News: MTSU's MLK celebration Jan. 17 cancelled; 2021 rebroadcast scheduled

MLK Candlelight Vigil 2022 flyer

MTSU's 2022 MLK Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, scheduled to take place Monday, Jan. 17, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  In its place, MTSU will be rebroadcasting last's year's virtual event at 6 p.m. on True Blue TV and Facebook. 

 The Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center invites the campus and wider community to join in watching last year's event in celebrating the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Organizers are anticipating having this year's scheduled keynote speaker, Adonijah Bakari, associated professor of history and director of Africana Studies program, give his remarks during Black History Month.  More details to be announced at a later date. 


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was inspired both by his Christian faith and by civil disobedience tactics employed by Indian leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, led marches and demonstrations that promoted the dissolution of legally enforced racial segregation in public accommodations. His work and that of his followers prompted Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. After speaking to sanitation workers who were striking for better wages and working conditions in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the city’s Lorraine Motel.  On Nov. 21, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the law creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national celebration of King’s birthday; the first observance was on Jan. 20, 1986. King was born Jan. 15, 1929. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year.

Due to inclement weather, the annual MLK Day March beginning at noon at Central Magnet School has been cancelled.  A “Sort-A-Thon” community service project to support the Murfreesboro City Schools backpack program beginning at 1 p.m. at Patterson, will occur as scheduled.


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