Dec 18 2008

Save the dates!

Two new community discussions are scheduled for January 15 & 20*, 2009. Additions to the annual Blount County MLK Week Celebration, these new events aim to bring Dr. King’s thinking to bear on the issues of the day and move us to take action. Please plan now to attend and participate!

Thursday, January 15 (7-8:30pm Maryville College Alumni Gym)
Panel presentation “What would Dr. King say about the issues of the day?”
Historical context (Paula McGhee, Maryville College)
Jobs and dignity at work (June Rostan, AFL-CIO)
Immigration (Elandria Williams, Highlander Research & Education Center)
Impact of war and militarism (Terry Bunde, Maryville College)
Religious diversity (Nour Joudah, Maryville College).
Moderator: Nina Gregg

Tuesday, January 20* (7-8:30pm, Maryville College Alumni Gym)
“What would Dr. King call us to do about the issues of the day and what can we do?”
Facilitators will meet in small groups of community members to discuss what is already going on in our communities and plans of action regarding the issues that were addressed on Jan. 15:
Jobs & dignity at work: Susan Williams (Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee)
Immigration: Lisa Barba (Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Network)
War & Militarism: Carol Green (United Methodist Church) and Shelley Wascom (community activist)
Religious diversity: Dick Cox (St. Andrews Episcopal Church)
Moderator: Karen Coffin

*Yes, Jan. 20 is inauguration day – and what better way to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama than joining in a community discussion about taking action to address these issues in our community? If you are planning to attend the Inaugural Gala, stop by here first and contribute your perspective.

The Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College is hosting these events in partnership with the Blount County MLK Celebration Committee.

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