Emory University professor to speak during MLK Day events

Dec. 21, 2010
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865-981-8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Dr. Lawrence P. Jackson, professor of English and African-American Studies at Emory University, will speak to the Maryville College community on Jan. 17 as part of the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances.

Jackson will speak at 10:30 a.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall in the Clayton Center for the Arts. The MLK Day event, which will also include contributions from members of the College’s Voices of Praise gospel choir and the Black Student Association, is free and open to the public.

An author and historian, Jackson has gained critical acclaim for his body of work and most recently for his latest book, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960. The book is a first-of-its-kind study of the contributions of black authors who wrote in the years between the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Era.

January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday and the 20th official observance sponsored by Maryville College’s Multicultural Center. Following the national MLK celebration theme of service, the campus theme is “Service: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

Thurs., Jan. 13 – A panel discussion titled “MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign, Then and Now” will begin at 6 p.m. in the College’s Alumni Gym. Sponsored by Blount County’s MLK Planning Committee and Maryville College's Center for Strong Communities, the panel presentation and community discussion will focus on the history of the Poor People's Campaign and explore ways people can get involved to help overcome poverty in East Tennessee. Panelists include: Rev. Jim Sessions, Interfaith Worker Justice and Jobs With Justice; Pam McMichael, Highlander Research and Education Center; and Paula McGhee, Mt. Calvary Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Sat., Jan. 15 – The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 (premium seating) and $20 (economy seating) for adults and $20 (premium seating) and $12 (economy seating) for students and seniors. For tickets, call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865.981.8590.

Mon., Jan. 17 – MLK Day
• 12 p.m. – Parade marchers are asked to assemble at the MLK Community Center in Alcoa.
• 12:30 p.m. – The annual MLK March, honoring the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King, Jr. led across the South, will begin at the MLK Center and end at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
• 2 p.m. – The Celebration Program will begin in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, featuring former Knox County mayor Mike Ragsdale as the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the College’s MLK Day observances, contact Larry Ervin, director of multicultural affairs, at 865.981.8222 or larry.ervin@maryvillecollege.edu.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.