Huntingdon Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service, Convocation
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service Monday, January 18, and with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Wednesday, January 20, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The convocation is free and open to the public.
Huntingdon’s Day of Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, when members of the College community will visit the Civil Rights Memorial in downtown Montgomery. At noon, the College’s Houghton Memorial Library will offer a viewing of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the library atrium. At 1:30 p.m., student, faculty, and staff volunteers will travel to Common Ground Ministries in downtown Montgomery to serve in building and construction projects as needed. At 7:00 p.m., students may gather in their residence hall lobbies or watch from their rooms via the campus-wide television network the movie, “The Great Debaters.” The movie will be followed by discussion in hall programs throughout the residence halls. There are no classes on Monday, but College offices will be open.
Huntingdon’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will take place Wednesday, January 20, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Faculty will march in academic regalia. The Presidential Medal of Freedom citation presented to Dr. King will be read aloud by a Huntingdon student, and a guest choir from Montgomery’s Mt. Zion AME Zion Church will perform.
The featured speaker for the Convocation is the Honorable Elton N. Dean Sr., chairman of the Montgomery County Commission. Elected to the County Commission in November 2000, Dean has served as chairman since March 2009. During his long career in the Montgomery business community, Mr. Dean owned his own real estate company and hair salon, served as a manager for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, and retired after 25 years as a manager with Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies. He has served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for Alabama State University; as an executive board member of the South Central Alabama Boys and Girls Club; as a board member for the Montgomery Improvement Association, Cleveland Avenue YMCA, Kershaw YMCA, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; as a member of the Central Alabama Community Foundation; and as commissioner for Central Alabama Amateur Baseball League and Southern League Dixie Youth Baseball. He is a member of Mount Zion AME Zion Church, where he has served as chairman of the trustee board and a member of the mass choir. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Alabama State University and has continued his education through the American Real Estate Institute and the Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies Corporate Education Center. The convocation is free and the public is invited to attend.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college.
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