We are excited to share a number of events that have been planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018 in Harrisonburg.
Friday, Jan. 12
10:00-10:30am: Hear and explore pieces of selected speeches and sermons from Martin Luther King, Jr. at Eastern Mennonite University Lehman Auditorium.
Saturday, January 6
Harrisonburg-Rockingham NAACP 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Celebration
3:00pm — 5:00pm, Lucy F. Simms School, 620 Simms Ave
Sunday, Jan. 14
Community Church Service
11:00am: Community Church Service with Rev. Risher at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 184 Kelley St.
1:00pm: Community Lunch for church attendees held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 425 Effinger St.
Mon, 15 Jan 2018
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority MLK Breakfast
8:00om — 10:00am, Lucy Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Theme: “In Times Like These”
The Sigma Gamma Omega and Lambda Chi chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated present their 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. Free Admission.
MLK Coalition People’s Day
11:00am — 1:00pm
Theme: Building a Beloved Community
Join us for a community march of solidarity across Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Bridge, a program of reflections on the life of the Reverend Fred Gibson, and a fellowship potluck luncheon immediately following the March.
The People’s March will commence at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, cross the railroad bridge to Memorial Hall and return, using sidewalks only to Emmanuel Episcopal Church at the same corner. Appropriate signs or banners are encouraged.The program, held in the church sanctuary, will begin about 11:45 following the march. The event’s focus is on the life and legacy of the Reverend Fred Gibson (1929-2015), a seminary classmate of Dr. King. Reverend Gibson, a Harrisonburg resident, brought the spirit of Dr. King to many in Harrisonburg throughout the street renaming effort and until his passing.
This year’s program will include selected readings from King’s work and presentations by Gibson family members and friends who learned about King from Reverend Gibson.
Out of respect for the privacy of the participants, no recording is allowed in the church. This year’s program does not include audience comments.
After the program, about 12:30 p.m., people are invited to a potluck luncheon in Fellowship Hall honoring and remembering the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Fred Gibson and to build the beloved community they envisioned.
Film showing and talkback
3:45pm: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks showing and talkback in the Eastern Mennonite University Science Center, Room 104.
Talk by Kevin Powell at JMU
6:00pm — 8:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
JMU Memorial Hall Auditorium, 395 S. High Street.