A special convocation and a teach-in will be among the highlights of 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Monmouth College.
Bill Hart, a professor of religious studies at Macalester College, will be the featured speaker at a special convocation honoring the civil rights leader. He will speak at noon Jan. 16 in Dahl Chapel.
Free and open to the public, the convocation will be an extension of the weekly chapel service that is normally held at that time. A teach-in lunch will follow in the Mellinger Commons of the Center for Science and Business.
“We are looking forward to building on the great success that our Martin Luther King Day convocation has been the last couple of years,” said Monmouth Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Dan Ott. “We will again feature gospel choirs and student speakers. Dr. Hart is an excellent speaker. He’s the author of three books and scores of articles on black religion, ethics and politics, and he is the past president of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought.”
In addition to Hart’s speech, there will be a short dramatic piece directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Vanessa Campagna and music provided by the College’s Colorful Voices of Praise choral group. Monmouth President Dr. Clarence R. Wyatt and Dean of the Faculty David Timmerman will also participate.