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MLK Program

2022 MLK Celebration

A Legacy of Uplift

Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Watch the 2021 MLK Week Uplift Luncheon

    Monday, January 17

  • MLK Day of Service
    01-17-2022 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Throughout Nashville & VirtualRegister

    We will celebrate MLK Day with a Day of Service, both in-person and virtual. For a full list of service options, visit http://getconnected.belmont.edu/mlk-day-of-service/.

  • Candlelight Vigil
    01-17-2022 | 6 p.m. | Gabhart A&B

    Tuesday, January 18

  • Student Real Talk with Gary Hunter
    01-18-2022 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Virtual
    To participate in this event, email Benita Walker at benita.walker@belmont.edu to RSVP and access the zoom link. 

    Wednesday, January 19

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Address—An Exercise in Hope
    01-19-2022 | 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Gabhart Chapel

    Dr. Esau McCaulley’s recent book, “Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope” has won numerous awards including Christianity Today’s book of the year. Rev. McCaulley is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and teaches New Testament at Wheaton College. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee

    Wellcore event

  • Student Real Talk with Gary Hunter
    01-19-2022 | 5 pm - 7 pm | Virtual

    To participate in this event, email Benita Walker at benita.walker@belmont.edu to RSVP and access the zoom link. 

    Thursday, January 20

  • Faculty & Staff Real Talk with Gary Hunter
    01-20-2022 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Virtual
    To participate in this event, email Benita Walker at benita.walker@belmont.edu to RSVP and access the zoom link. 
  • Student Real Talk with Gary Hunter
    01-20-2022 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Virtual

    To participate in this event, email Benita Walker at benita.walker@belmont.edu to RSVP and access the zoom link. 

    Friday, January 21

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Sermon—Infinite Hope
    01-21-2022 | 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Gabhart Chapel
    • Bishop Anne Henning Byfield is president of the African Methodist Episcopal Council of Bishops, in addition to shepherding the AME churches in TN and KY. She has established a vocational school in Haiti, re-established the AME Church in Cuba, was instrumental in planting ten churches, and is the author of several books. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee
    • Wellcore event
  • Lunch on the Lawn with Black-Owned Food Trucks
    01-21-2022 | 12 p.m. | The Lawn

MLK Celebration sponsors include the MLK Celebration Committee, Athletics, Bridges to Belmont, Office of Multicultural Learning & Experience, Spiritual Development, University Ministries, Teaching Center, Student Life, Office of Service Learning, the Black Student Association, and College of Music and Performing Arts.