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Save the date for 2018 MLK Day festivities

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Save the date for VUMC’s MLK Morning Tribute, Jan. 15, in Light Hall, to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The morning’s festivities will begin in the North Lobby at 7 a.m. with a performance by the United Voices of Vanderbilt — VUMC’s 200-plus-member choir created by the Office for Diversity Affairs and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Human Resources. The program will run from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m., and is free and open to all employees. André Churchwell, MD, chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Traci Nordberg, chief human resources officer, will be the featured speakers. Light refreshments will be served. 

Other MLK Day events around campus:


Friday, Jan. 12

12 p.m.

MLK Kickoff

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center


Friday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 14

MLK Weekend of Action


Monday, Jan. 15

10 a.m.

Nashville Freedom March

Buses leave from the Ingram Commons at Murray Circle and Kirckland Circle


11:30 a.m.

MLK Lunchtime Performances

Sarratt Cinema


11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nashville Freedom Ride

Buses leave from Branscomb Circle


12 noon – 1 p.m.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine and Vanderbilt School of Nursing presents Debra J. Barksdale, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN

Rise: An Instance of Becoming Higher

208 Light Hall


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Teach-In: Activism & Sports

Sarratt Cinema


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Teach-In: Self-Care is Community Care: Practices for Building Healing and Justice

Ingram Commons MPR


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Teach-In: Freedom of Expression without Suppression of Speech

Sarratt Cinema


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Teach-In: Injustice in the “It” City

BCC Auditorium


6:35 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil

Langford Auditorium


7 p.m.

MLK Keynote Address: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Langford Auditorium


Wednesday, Jan. 17

6: 30 p.m.

Chancellor’s Lecture Series presents Dr. Jelani Cobb

From Louis Armstrong to the NFL: Racial Protest in America

Langford Auditorium


Thursday, Jan. 18

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Kennedy Center Lectures on Development & Developmental Disabilities

Supported Decision-Making: Protecting Rights, Ensuring Choices

Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building


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