Belmont University will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the 26th annual MLK Jr. Week Celebration beginning Saturday, January 14.
Since January 1997, Belmont has hosted this commemorative tradition as part of the observance of Dr. King’s birthday. This year’s theme is “Infinite Hope” and a full schedule of the week can be found on Belmont’s MLK Jr. website.
Local colleges and universities will come together for the “2023 Annual Joint MLK Day of Service” to volunteer throughout the Nashville community on Saturday, January 14 starting at 10 a.m. Members of the Belmont community can register to volunteer for the Day of Service and view a detailed schedule here.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend Real Talk for Faculty & Staff on Tuesday, January 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A student-only Real Talk is scheduled for Thursday, January 19 at 4 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Senior Pastor at St. Stephen Church in Louisville, KY — the largest employer of African Americans in Kentucky, and the seventh president of Simmons College of Kentucky, will deliver a message in Gabhart chapel at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18 that coincides with this year’s theme. The Belmont University Black Student Association Choir will sing selections of worship.
A community luncheon following Dr. Cosby’s chapel message will be held in the Vince Gill Room of the Curb Event Center at 11:30 a.m.
A panel discussion over the topic “Seeing the Civil Rights Movement Through a Different Lens – The Jewish Perspective” will be hosted on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
On Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m., historian Jemar Tisby will speak in Gabhart chapel. Tisby is the president & co-founder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective and the author of The Color of Compromise, a book that examines the American Church’s complicity in racism.
Reference Belmont’s MLK Jr. website to get updated information about the schedule of events as locations are finalized.