Celebration of Diversity & Prophetic Witness: Jan 20 – Feb 1

Sunday, January 20 at First Congregational Church

Worship at 8 am & 10 am Sermon Topic: “Martin Luther King… unedited.”

At 9:40 am – “I Have A Dream”: Please gather in the Sanctuary to listen to the words of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (as recorded) from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.

We will be focusing on the life and messages of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and encourage you to attend some of the many excellent MLK Community Events offered in Chittenden County.   For a sampling of some of these extraordinary opportunities see below:

University of Vermont – MLK EVENTS: www.uvm.edu/president/diversity/mlk/

January 22: University Celebration with Keynote Speaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. –   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Free Tickets Required)

Writer and Producer of the PBS documentaries “African American Lives” and “Finding Your Roots”, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Tickets are FREE and available per the following schedule. Starting Monday, January 14, tickets are available to UVM Students, Faculty & Staff (1 ticket with UVM ID). Starting Friday, January 18, tickets are open to the General Public (1 per person).  To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact UVM ACCESS at 802-656-7753. Tickets are limited and available at the following locations during business hours:

  • Dudley H. Davis Center, 3rd Floor Information Desk
  • Patrick Gym, Athletics Ticket Office (Top Level Lobby)
  • Waterman Building, Registrar’s Office Student Service Center Kiosk (3rd Floor) – Please note that the Registrar’s Office Student Service Center Kiosk and the Athletics Ticket Office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2013 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

January 24 – Voices of Many: Our Community – A Commemorative Ceremony – Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Emeritus of The Riverside Church and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, and a Special Performance by the SUNY Plattsburgh Gospel Choir.   4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ira Allen Chapel, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Office of the Chief Diversity Office and the Office of the President.  To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact UVM ACCESS at 802-656-7753.

FLYNN EVENT:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the Flynn Main Stage Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:00 PM.  Tickets: $15-$42   www.flynntix.org

“It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” Paul Simon

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed for the Pope and the Queen; entertained at Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies; sung with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Dolly Parton; and contributed their vocal talents to Paul Simon’s Graceland and Disney’s The Lion King. The award-winning South African a cappella ensemble has been performing their joyous, high-energy song-and-dance mix for over 45 years under the tutelage of their beloved leader, Joseph Shabalala. Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to awe with their emotional range and ability to evoke the beautiful sounds and atmosphere of a land far away. The group’s most recent album, Songs from a Zulu Farm, features songs from their childhood and earned the group their 16th Grammy nomination.

Presented in association with University of Vermont’s Chief Diversity Office through the UVM President’s Initiative for Diversity. Visit Artist WebsiteListen on MySpace


ECHO SCIENCE CENTER – MLK Day Celebration: FAMILY EVENT – Monday January 21 from 10 am to 5 pm – Admission : $2 – One College Street, Burlington – 877-324-6386

ECHO will open its doors during a community-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The day’s events will include family-friendly programming honoring Dr. King’s legacy, including a production of the musical “I Have a Dream” and a show by Puppets in Education. Visitors will also have access to the traveling exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” which closes January 27. www.echovermont.org/exhibits/race/events.html


Martin Luther King, Jr. DAY OF SERVICE & STEWARDSHIP — Burlington, VT  January 21, 2013 to January 21, 2013


St Michael’s College – MLK EVENTS:   http://www.smcvt.edu/Events/2013/January/martin-luther-king-jr-convocation.aspx

Martin Luther King Jr Convocation with Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry opens a week-long celebration on January 21-25 of Saint Michael’s 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. The week, titled, “A Call to Conscience:  Martin Luther King and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights,” is a program to heighten awareness of King’s legacy, promote conversation about issues surrounding civil rights and racism, and involve the community in exploring the relevance of King’s work in the present day.

With her talk, “A Hopeful Time: The American Conscience and the 2012 Elections”, Mary Frances Berry, a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987, begins the week. Dr. Berry received her Ph.D. in history and her doctor of law degrees from the University of Michigan. She is the author of ten books including Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House with Josh Gottheimer (2010), And Justice For All: The United States Commission On Civil Rights And the Struggle For Freedom in America (2009); and others. From 1980 to 2004, Dr. Berry was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993-2004 she was named to chair the commission by President Clinton. She was also Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Renowned for her vision of social freedom and equality and for her wisdom and candor, Mary Frances Berry is a major figure in American public life.

The week is sponsored by Martin Luther King Jr. Society, Student Life, Health Services, Multicultural Programming Committee, Student Activities, Athletic Department, VP for Student Affairs, Sodexho, Campus Ministry, Diversity Coalition, and the VP for Academic Affairs. Special thanks to designer Summer Drexel and the Martin Luther King Convocation Committee.

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