Maryville College proudly partners with the 2004 Blount County MLK Celebration Committee in observing and celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. A schedule of countywide activities and services is listed below. Our invitation is extended to all.
Wed., Jan. 14 – A Martin Luther King Community Dinner at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville will begin at 6 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Meat and beverages will be provided; guests are asked to bring side dishes.
Fri., Jan. 16 – A business luncheon at the MLK Community Center in Alcoa will begin at noon. The luncheon is $20 per person, and reservations should be made to Lynda Stapleton at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce (865.273.1203) before Jan. 12. Speakers for the luncheon include Saaida Williams, executive director of the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee, and Greg McClain, Maryville assistant city manager and 2003 chairman of the Chamber.
Sat., Jan. 17 – The community is asked to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build site. Two shifts are being arranged, 8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-4:30 p.m. For site information and other details, call Anthony Dunnings at the MLK Center at 865.983.1954.
Sun., Jan. 18 – A community worship service will begin at 4 p.m. in Maryville College's Wilson Chapel. The Rev. Lorrin Harris, pastor of Mother Love Baptist Church in Louisville, Tenn., will deliver the message.
Mon., Jan. 19 – MLK Day
(Beginning at 10:30 a.m., classes will close to allow students to attend any of the MLK Day events.)
The Blount County MLK Celebration Choir is a volunteer effort composed of community members from in and around Blount County. All are welcome to join the Choir. Rehearsals are scheduled in Wilson Chapel at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15 (dress rehearsal). Come share your voice!
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 its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.