If January 1st is a good time to take stock of the personal, then January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, is a good time to consider the societal. Going one better, Rhodes College is making a week of it with its Martin Luther King Celebration Week. This year's theme is "In the Spirit of Unity and Service: Remember! Celebrate! Act!"
The week kicks off Monday at 5:30 p.m. with a parade and a candlelight vigil. On Tuesday, January 17th, at 7 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom, Luther Ivory, an associate professor of religious studies who teaches classes on contemporary theology and the civil rights movement, will give a talk. The following evening, filmmaker Jack Sholder will present the Academy Award-nominated 1970 documentary King: From Montgomery to Memphis at 7 p.m. inside Frazier Jelke.
On Thursday, January 19th, Paul Rusesabagina will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom. Rusesabagina is the hotel manager who survived the Rwandan genocide and saved others through his fierce bargaining skills. He is the subject of the film Hotel Rwanda and a recipient of a 2005 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. On Friday, the public is invited to perform "I Have a Dream"-inspired works at a poetry slam being held at 7:30 p.m. in Blount Auditorium. The week winds up on Saturday, January 21st, with a mock refugee camp to be staged on the campus' Rollow Memorial Avenue of Oaks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Martin Luther King Celebration Week, Monday, January 16th-Saturday, January 21st, Rhodes College (Dwaun Warmack, 843-3628)