Geneva celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Civil Rights occasion

BEAVER FALLS – Geneva College celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18 in a series of events hosted by the Center for Student Engagement (CSE).

Students, faculties, and staff meet at the Student Center on that first day and return for the spring semester to attend Moments from the Civil Rights Movement: An Interactive Experience with a simulated march in Washington at 2:00 PM, 2:45 PM, and 3:30 AM In the afternoon

Later in the Skye Lounge, at 5:30 p.m., the community can show and expand their knowledge in an MLK Day Trivia competition. The day’s events end with a screening of the documentary “Good Trouble” at the John White Chapel.

In this file photo dated August 28, 1963, Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, during his time in front of protesters

“Geneva usually celebrates MLK day with music, poetry and art. Without the pandemic, this year would have been the 10th annual Night of the Arts, “said Randon Willard, CSE director of Geneva nonviolent self-sacrifice using the example of the life of Dr. King.

“His legacy of equality for all human beings created in God’s image is a unifying force on our campus.”

Thousands of protesters gather on Washington's snow-covered Mall to gather in the grounds of the Washington Monument to mark Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Day on January 15, 1981, the anniversary of Washington, to make his birthday.  In the background at the end of the mall is the Lincoln Memorial.

The hour-long “Moments from the Civil Rights Movement” experience takes attendees on a trip around campus to meet key civil rights movement members, attend a sit-down demonstration, and actively participate in King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Geneva College’s a cappella group New Song will provide music during the experience.

Dr.  Martin Luther King, center, chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, leads the parade of civil rights activists from a rally in a church to Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington on August 5, 1965. Others are unidentified.  The march ended with two days of rallies on the street corner in Washington.  King predicted that with President Johnson's August 6th voting rights bill he hoped to register 900,000 blacks for voting in the southern states.

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