MC’s 2020 MLK observances include community celebration 

MC’s 2020 MLK observances include community celebration 

Jan. 16, 2020

Several events will be held on campus Jan. 20-22, as part of Maryville College’s 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observances.

On Mon., Jan. 20, the community is invited to participate in the annual Blount County MLK Celebration and March. The MLK Day March, honoring the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King, Jr. led across the South, will begin at the MLK Center in Alcoa (209 East Franklin Street) and end at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus. Marchers will assemble at 12:30 p.m.

The Blount County MLK Celebration will begin at 2 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. The keynote speaker is Dr. Frances Henderson, associate professor of gender and women's studies and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky. Previously, Henderson was a faculty member at Maryville College, where she was an associate professor of political science and coordinated the gender and women’s studies minor. The MLK Celebration Mass Choir will also perform during the program.

Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) is sponsoring two campus events featuring presentations by guest speakers on Jan. 21 and 22.

Dr. Joseph Kendrick, owner and founder of Asheville Highway Animal Hospital, will speak to MC students on Jan. 21 on campus. Kendrick graduated from Knoxville College with a B.S. in biology and chemistry and Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM. During his talk, he will share tips for success during college, as well as life after college. The event is only open to MC students. For more information, please contact Larry Ervin at or 865.981.8222.

On Wed., Jan. 22, Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook will give a presentation titled “Sharing Our Stories: From the Movement to the Moment,” at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Middlebrook, a longtime pastor and community leader in Knoxville, was an active member of the civil rights movement and a close friend of Dr. King. During the presentation, he will discuss his experiences with Dr. King and how those same experiences continue to apply to today’s society.  The event is free and open to the public.

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”