MLK Day 2018 events scheduled in Elkhart, Goshen

The life and wisdom of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered at multiple events across Elkhart County. The events start on the day before the national holiday that honors King and his legacy advocating for equality and justice.

Here is a summary of public events (it will be updated as additional events are scheduled):

 

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Elkhart Chapter, Indiana Black Expo

The public is invited to a march starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, from the Civic Plaza downtown to Community Baptist Church, 228 Chapman Ave. A program will feature speaker Dennisha Arnold-Murff, a former Elkhart Community Schools student who is now the principal of an elementary school in Indianapolis. Following the program, a lunch for adults will be served at the church, while youth are welcome to head over to the nearby Tolson Center for pizza.

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Goshen College

The Mennonite liberal arts college welcomes featured speaker Leonard M. Dow, stewardship and development specialist for Everence Financial. GC’s series of events includes several that are free and open to the public:

  • Dow’s sermon, “Strength To Be Healed,” 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017, at College Mennonite Church.
  • Community gathering, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017, Umble Center will feature local and regional artists.
  • Convocation featuring Dow, “Strength to Love,” 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, at College Mennonite Church.

Dow also will speak at a community breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2017. Tickets for that event may be purchased online from the Goshen College Box Office or by calling 574-535-7566.

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Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Dr. Daniel White Hodge, an urban youth culture expert who is an associate professor of intercultural communications at Chicago’s North Park College, will be the featured speaker at two events:

  • “The Soul of Hip-Hop and the Church in America,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017, Historic Roosevelt Center, 215 E. Indiana Ave., Elkhart. Free and open to the public.
  • Workshop, “Intercultural Competencies in an Era of Trump and Fake News,” 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Waltner Hall, 3003 Benham Ave., Elkhart. Registration required; limited to 30 participants (call 574-295-3726).

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