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Candlelight vigil marks beginning of Civil Rights celebration

A handful of Belmont students participated in the fourth annual Martin Luther King Candlelight Vigil walk Monday night.

The vigil sponsored by the Black Student Association started at the Beaman Student Life Center and continued around campus.

The tradition was started in 2009 by Steven Martin, a former BSA president who believed one of the best ways for the university to commemorate the works of King was to honor him with a walk through campus, singing and reminding everyone of the hardships and triumphs which enveloped the Civil Rights Movement.

For the next few weeks, more convocations celebrating Dr. King and the Civil Rights of African Americans will be held throughout campus fifty years after the historic March on Washington.

Wednesday, January 23rd

University Chapel Service featuring Dr. Corey D.B. Walker of Brown University “Biblical Racial Reconciliation” 10 a.m. • Neely Hall

MLK Worship Service with the Black Students’ Association • 7 p.m. • Neely Hall

Thursday, January 24th Campus Dialogue on Diversity, Race and Ethnicity • 3:30 p.m. • Beaman A&B

Friday, January 25th Keynote Address by Dr. Glenn Loury of Brown University “Obama is no King: Reflections on the Black Prophetic Tradition” • 10 a.m. • MPAC

Monday January, 28th Academic Lecture featuring Dr. C. Andre Christie-Mizell of Vanderbilt University “Maternal Depression and the Use of Corporal Punishment: Does Race Matter?” • 10 a.m. • Beaman A&B

Saturday- February 23rd MLK Annual Civil Rights Bus Trip – Atlanta, GA Depart 5 AM from Curb Event Center Loading Dock Area Return 7-8 PM to same location Cost: $15 for currently enrolled Belmont Students & $25 for all others

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