Community Partners to Present MLK Celebration Week

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JMU, in partnership with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Eastern Mennonite University, is pleased to offer a series of events inviting students and community members to reflect on the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

“This programming encourages participants to remember past challenges, contemplate contemporary social and racial issues, and become inspired to arise and take action in shaping the future,” said Valarie Ghant, director of JMU’s Center for Multicultural Student Services.

The public is invited to attend the following events:

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Program
Jan. 18, 2015  |  35 p.m.  |  620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People #7132 will present their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Program, featuring a community choir. A freewill offering will be collected benefiting Open Doors.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast
Jan. 19, 2015  |  810 a.m.  |  620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 
The Sigma Gamma Omega and Lambda Chi chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. present their 24th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast. A donation of $5 is suggested.

EMU Solidarity March and Speaker Presentation
Jan. 19, 2015  |  9:45 a.m. – noon  |  Eastern Mennonite University
Join EMU at the Lehman Auditorium for guest speaker Dr. Nikitah Imani at 10 a.m. followed by discussion at 11 a.m. at the University Commons. Visit for more information.

JMU MLK Formal Program
Jan. 19, 2015  |  7 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)  |  JMU, Wilson Hall Auditorium
Keynote Speaker Marc Morial is the CEO of the National Urban League and has been a catalyst for change within that organization. He previously served as a Louisiana state senator and the mayor of New Orleans.

In addition to these community events, there will be a series of events for JMU students that will begin Monday, Jan. 12, and will run throughout the week. In addition to other happenings around campus, students are encouraged to participate in a March and Speak Out on Jan. 15.

For more information, please contact the Center for Multicultural Student Services at (540) 568-6636 or visit


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Published: Friday, January 9, 2015

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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