SMSU Briefs for Jan. 10

MLK Week of Service and Civic Engagement events planned at SMSU

A number of events are planned from Jan. 13-18 to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The MLK Week of Service and Civic Engagement at Southwest Minnesota State University features events geared for all age groups, and begins on Saturday, Jan. 13, with “I Am King’s Dream,” a celebration of unity through storytelling, art and crafts from 2-4 p.m. at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. This event is ideal for children preschool through fourth grade.

Veteran civil rights activist Dr. Leslie McLemore will be the keynote speaker on Monday, Jan. 15, at the MLK Breakfast, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom.

The breakfast will also include a performance by the SeVy Gospel Quartet, a family comprised of Robin, Lynnea, Ivory and Danielle Doublette. They relocated to the Twin Cities area from Anchorage, Alaska, in 2002.

A “Courageous Conversation” will follow the breakfast, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the Conference Center.

Also on Jan. 15, there will be an opportunity to pack Food4Kids meals from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Agape Fellowship building, 301 N. High St. in Marshall. Registration is required for this event and can be made by calling 507-537-7304.

On. Tuesday, Jan. 16, SMSU students will present “A Visual Tour of MLK’s Legacy and Beyond: A Collection of Visual Projects” from 6-8 p.m. in the Center for Civic Engagement, BA 161, on campus. Poet Glenn North from Kansas City will also give a reading.

Storytelling and readings by SMSU and Marshall community members will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in a program titled “No Racism Aloud!” It will be in Charter Hall 201.

SMSU students will lead the discussion at a Courageous Conversations event from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Marshall Middle School.

“Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege” will be at both 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Black Box Theatre, Fine Arts, room 112. This event features six 10-minute plays read by SMSU students.

All events except the Jan. 18 Courageous Conversations are free and open to the public.

Saturday, Jan. 13

2-4 p.m.: “I Am King’s Dream,” celebrating unity through storytelling, art and crafts; ideal for children preschool-4th grade. Marshall-Lyon County Library.

Monday, Jan. 15

7:30-9:30 a.m.: MLK Breakfast; keynote speaker Dr. Leslie McLemore, Civil Rights activist. Performance by SeVy Gospel Quartet, Conference Center Ballroom.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Courageous Conversations, Conference Center Ballroom.

10:30 a.m.-noon: Food4Kidsfood packing, Agape Fellowship, 301 N. High St., Marshall. Registration required to attend (507-537-7304).

Tuesday, Jan. 16

6-8 p.m.: “A Visual Tour of MLK’s Legacy and Beyond: A Collection of Visual Projects” by SMSU students. Also featuring poet Glenn North from Kansas City. Center for Civic Engagement, BA 161.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

6-8 p.m.: “No Racism Aloud!” Storytelling and readings by SMSU and Marshall community members. Charter Hall 201.

Thursday, Jan. 18

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Courageous Conversations, Marshall Middle School.

6 and 8 p.m., “Facing Our Truth: 10-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,” readings/plays. Black Box Theatre.

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