Auburn University to host King Week events Jan. 15-18

Published: January 11, 2017
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Auburn University will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting several events Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 15-18, to commemorate the late civil rights icon's life and legacy. Events throughout the week are open to the public and will reflect the theme, "Faith and Reconciliation." In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Auburn University campus will be closed Monday, Jan. 16.

Auburn's Division of Student Affairs Outreach and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Student Center at Auburn University will host events on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, the East Central Alabama Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the City of Auburn will host a diversity breakfast.

The Feast of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in downtown Auburn. The event will include Holy Eucharist, the Cross Road Choir and congregational singing, and a 7:15 p.m. supper. Johnny Green, Assistant Vice President of Outreach for Auburn's Division of Student Affairs, and Father Wells Warren, chaplain of St. Dunstan's, will host the event. Paulette Dilworth, formerly of Auburn University and now vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will provide the keynote talk for the Sunday celebration.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Nikki Giovanni, an American poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator will be the guest speaker. She is one of the world's most well-known African-American poets and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award and has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets, go to

Soloists from the Auburn University Gospel Choir will perform in concert Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in Foy Hall on the Auburn campus. The program also includes a presentation of poetry by three Auburn students: Janelle Green, Bria Johnson and Daphney Portis.

A Faith and Reconciliation Workshop will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church. A beans and rice supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the workshop at 7 p.m. Green will be joined by other panelists for the workshop.

"These events are an attempt, by way of the theme Faith and Reconciliation, to engage the City of Auburn as well as the university community," said Green. "At this very critical juncture of our nation's history, irrespective of one's politics or party, we need to identify ways to bring people together and move our state, city and university forward."