Carson-Newman will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Social Justice Week, held Jan. 21 through Jan. 25.
Coordinated by C-N’s Bonner Center, diversity committee, and campus ministries, the week will feature several events that aim to bring social issues to light for the campus and the surrounding community.
“We want to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Bonner Center Coordinator Reneé Dudley said. “He was an advocate for social change, and we don’t want to lose that.”
On Jan. 21, members of the campus community will join the Jefferson County community in a Martin Luther King march from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at the Dandridge dike.
The theme of this year’s March is “Rebuilding the Dream.”
Tina Sloan Green will lead C-N’s chapel service on Jan. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City.
Sloan Green is the co-founder and president of the Black Women in Sport Foundation and professor emeritus at Temple University’s College of Education.
She was the first black head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse, and led Temple to three national championships and 11 consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.
Sloan Green is also scheduled to give the keynote speech at the Morristown Task Force on Diversity’s Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 21, at 7:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Morristown.
Members of the community are invited to C-N’s Stokely Memorial Cafeteria on Jan. 23 for a lunch discussion at 11 a.m. that will focus on social issues.
Throughout the lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to respond to the questions raised via Twitter feeds. Public admission is $7.90 and includes lunch.
C-N will host the premiere of “Refuge Film: Children of the Trash” on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Gentry Auditorium.
The film was created by C-N students Jared Belcher, Adam Collins, Jamison Price, Laken Kimsey and Mikey Oppizzi. It explores the extreme poverty faced by children in the Philippines.
On Jan. 25, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Creek Café, Belcher will share additional insight about the Refuge film project.
There will be a questions and answer session concerning the film, the Philippines and poverty in general. The event will also feature open mic, allowing guests to share poetry and music. The Creek Café is located at 110A East Old Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Jefferson City. For more information, contact C-N’s Bonner Center at 865-471-3594.