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Ursinus to Celebrate MLK Week with Service, Community and Reflection

Activities will include a series of lightning talks; film screenings; discussion; and plans for the future. Throughout campus, the words of great African American artists, thinkers, writers, activists and performers will be prominently displayed.

The week begins with a day of service on January 20, where Ursinus students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join the thousands of volunteers around the country to donate their time to help their community. Participants can join in on service projects at the local Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, Perkiomen Valley High School, Bartram’s Garden and more.

On January 22, from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. the film Wilmington on Fire, a documentary about the 1898 Wilmington Massacre, will be screened in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Lynne Edwards, a professor of media and communication studies, and Ed Onaci, an associate professor of history.

On January 23, there will be several events, including the Inclusive Community Grants 2020 launch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bears’ Den, a round of Lightning Talks from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Myrin Library, and a presentation from Tracie Johnson ’13 called “Service, the Rent We Pay” at 7:30 p.m. in Pfahler Hall.

On January 24 from noon to 1 p.m., noted Philadelphia photographer and Ursinus professor emeritus Donald E. Camp will speak at the Berman Museum about Dr. King’s life and also about his own experiences and how social issues produced the creative process he uses. Three of Camp’s works, which are part of the museum’s permanent collection, will be on display from January 21 through March 1.

Another round of Lightning Talks will take place on January 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Myrin Library, immediately followed by the Inclusion and Equity Awards honoring the recipients who have shown a dedication to inclusion and equity at Ursinus.

The week of events will conclude with an Interfaith service in Bomberger Hall with a reception to follow on January 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For a complete list of MLK Week events and for more information, visit the MLK Week webpage. —By Mary Lobo ’15