Williamstown: Williams College to host MLK celebration


Williams College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with two days of free events on Friday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 20. All are welcome to attend.

The Davis Center will lead an assembly commemorating King’s memory at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Williamstown Elementary School auditorium. Students will share essays, poems, and poster presentations in response to the question, "Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?" The program will also feature Williams dance and a capella group performances.

From noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Williams will present a social change media project in Paresky Center, Baxter Hall, which will include a screening of the film "Martin Luther King: An Amazing Grace," a short film, "Cicero Marc," and a slideshow of activists and scholars from different civil rights and progressive social justice movements.

From 1 to 3 p.m., in Paresky Center, Baxter Hall, the Center for Learning in Action will answer questions about experimental education, civic engagement, and service learning and opportunities on- and off-campus, and will facilitate a brief hands-on service project for students and community members.

At 4 p.m. in Baxter Hall, College Chaplain Rick Spalding will lead a moment of silence in King’s memory and share a few words on the impact King has had on his own work.

WES students will present their essays and students from Brayton Elementary School in North Adams will recite excerpts from works by activists Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.

There will be a film screening of "Regeneration" at Images Cinema from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion led by the college’s Students for Educational Reform.


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