Several Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are scheduled Monday at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana.
USI holds its annual luncheon at 11 a.m. in Carter Hall. NAACP award-winning actress Jasmine Guy is the keynote speaker. Guy is also the author of Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary. Shakur was a well-known member of the Black Power movement, as well as the mother of rap artist Tupac Shakur.
The luncheon, which will also feature performances by USI's gospel choir Designed by Grace, the Children's Center for Dance Education, the Zion Missionary Baptist Church Praise Dancers, and the Amadeus Drumline Percussion, is sold out.
After the luncheon, Guy will sign books and meet with some students in the University Conference Center.
Some fifth and sixth grade students will also be included. They'll attend with USI athletes and have the chance to play ball with them in the PAC. The students and athletes will also talk about the importance of education.
At the University of Evansville, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events kick off with a rally at 1:30 p.m. in the Bernhardt Atrium inside the Schroeder School of Business building.
Following the rally, which is open to the public, everyone is encouraged to join in the University's 26th annual reenactment of the Civil Rights March on Washington. Marchers will head up Walnut Street, cut over on Alvord Boulevard and take Lincoln Avenue back to campus.
After the march, at 3 p.m. in the Ridgway University Center lobby, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will read a Martin Luther King Jr. Day proclamation.
Members of the campus community are then welcome to check out the Race Experience kiosk. The kiosk shows participants what they would look like if they were another race. It travels around the country and will be at UE until 4 p.m. Friday.
Finally, at 7 p.m., award-winning pianist Daryl Davis will offer a lecture as the University's keynote speaker. It will take place in Room 251 of Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center.
Davis wrote the book, Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan, after meeting members of the Ku Klux Klan, including Imperial Wizard Roger Kelly, and will speak about his experiences.
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