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MLK Program

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program was established in January of 1997 at Belmont University as a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events are held each January as part of the observance of Dr. King's birthday. Each of these events are open to the Belmont community and to the public and all are welcome and invited to attend.Events each year include a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement, a chapel service, and a campus dialogue on diversity, race and ethnicity.


2018 Schedule of Events


Friday, January 12th


MLK Breakfast Celebration
7:30 am – 8:30 am (Doors open at 7 am)
Janet Ayres Academic Center – 4th floor
Keynote Speaker: DeVon Franklin
Tickets are $10 for general public, Belmont faculty & staff. Belmont students are free.
To purchase tickets for general public, faculty and staff: click here
To reserve student tickets: click here

Chapel with DeVon Franklin
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Massey Performing Arts Center
This unique chapel presentation will allow the Belmont Community, in particular students interact with this dynamic author, Hollywood producer, motivational speaker & preacher. 

Book signing with DeVon Franklin
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Massey Performing Arts Center Lobby


Saturday, January 13th


MLK Jr. Day of Service
This event has been canceled and will be resheduled. Please stay tuned for more information. 


Monday, January 15th


Candlelight Vigil
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Gabhart A & B


Wednesday, January 17th


Belmont State of Mind Update: “Charting Belmont’s course to the Mountaintop”
This event has been postponed to a later date. 

MLK Commemoration Chapel
10:00 am – 10:50 am
This chapel will allow participants to watch a brief documentary about the Civil Rights narrated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Worship Service with the BSA
Featuring: Ashley Love Phillips, Belmont Alumna
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Thursday, January 18th


Real Talk with Gary Hunter –“Where are we in relation to the mountaintop” - Faculty & Staff
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Massey Boardroom
Pizza will be provided but please bring your own beverage.


Friday, January 19th


Chapel - “What kind of work is it going to take to get to the mountaintop?”
Featuring Pastor John Faison
10:00 am – 10:50 am


MLK Celebration Sponsors: MLK Celebration Committee, Bridges to Belmont, Office of Multicultural Learning & Experience, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Spiritual Development, Office of the University Counsel, College of Law, University Ministries, Teaching Center, Welcome Home Diversity Council, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Service Learning, Black Student Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Student Government Association,