Mars Hill University has scheduled a full day of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2020. Classes are canceled for students, with a series of educational and service activities scheduled. The day’s events are coordinated by the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Monday, January 20 Schedule of Events
- 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Community Conversations – The challenge of reevaluating MLK Day; Redway Dining Room of Pittman Dining Hall.
10 a.m.-12.p.m.: Films and Discussions – At the River I Stand and I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin & Race in America; Day Hall, rooms 202, 204, 303, and 304.
- 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Community Conversations – The challenge of reevaluating MLK Day; Redway Dining Room of Pittman Dining Hall.
- 2-4 p.m.: Films and Discussions – At the River I Stand and I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin & Race in America; Day Hall, rooms 202, 204, 303, and 304
- 2-5 p.m.: Bailey Mountain Ascent – reflection on Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech; meet at Bentley Fellowship Hall to carpool to the trailhead.
- 4-5:30 p.m.: Community Service Project – students will collect and package food donations for ABIPA (Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement) and toiletry donations for Haywood Street Congregation and local nursing homes; Bentley Fellowship Hall.
- 6 p.m.: MLK Peace Candlelight Vigil – featuring a world premiere performance of African American composer Valerie Coleman’s “Amazonia” by music professors Misty Theisen on flute and Brad Curtioff on piano; Upper Quad and Owen Theatre.
- 7 p.m.: MLK Trivia; Ponder Atrium of Ferguson Math & Science Center.
About Mars Hill University
Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, and management. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located in the town of Mars Hill, just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. The university’s Asheville Center for Adult and Graduate Studies is located on Airport Road in Arden.