Events set in Sewanee to observe MLK Day
Sewanee will observe Martin Luther King Day with several events open to the public.
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1964 desegregation of SES will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Sewanee Elementary School. A historical marker commemorating the event will be unveiled at the ceremony. A reception will follow.
The 29th annual Martin Luther King “birthday” celebration will be held Monday in the Bishop’s Common Hearth Room beginning with a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Student performers include the Sewanee Praise choir, poet Adrian Bowie, and praise dancer Yubisan Ventura.
Featured speaker Marilyn Davidheiser will provide an overview of the lawsuit leading to the desegregation of SES.
A musical performance by François Clemmons, acclaimed singer, performer, playwright and lecturer, will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. in the chapel.
Clemons sang with the Metropolitan Opera for seven seasons. As Founder/Director of the world-famous Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, he performs throughout America, Europe, and Asia, carrying on his vision for preserving, sustaining and commissioning new and traditional arrangements of American Negro Spirituals for future generations.