Auburn University to host King Week events Jan. 14-16

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Auburn University will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting several events Sunday through Tuesday, Jan. 14-16, to commemorate the late civil rights icon's life and legacy. Events throughout the week are open to the public. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Auburn University campus will be closed Monday, Jan. 15.

Auburn's Division of Student Affairs Outreach and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Student Center at Auburn University will host events on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. On Sunday, a community-wide celebration titled “A Service of Lights: Becoming the Beloved Community” is scheduled for 6 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 136 E. Magnolia Ave., Auburn.

Johnny Green, assistant vice president for Auburn University Outreach; Joan Harrell, visiting professor of communications at Auburn University; and Rev. John Wells Warren, priest and 10th chaplain to Auburn University, will lead a conversation on ways to “become the beloved community.”

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast will be held Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Civil rights activist Andrew Young, former confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $35 per person.

The MLK Eucharist will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.

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