A list of MLK Day events in Nashville to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

King for a Day

King for a Day

This year's MLK Day Freedom March starts 10 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Street and 28th Ave. N. The march will continue west until it reaches the Howard Gentry Complex at Tennessee State University. There, beginning at 11 a.m., a convocation will be led by TSU professor Gloria McKissack, producer-director of a documentary about the Nashville Freedom Riders.

• At 11:30 a.m., Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown will conduct a tour of significant sites in the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville. The tour leaves from Vanderbilt's Branscomb Circle and lasts until 5 p.m.

• At noon in Vanderbilt's Student Life Center Board of Trust Room, an MLK Lunchtime Symposium will begin. Titled "Why We Can't Wait," the symposium will be led by Nashville civil rights and immigration attorney Elliott Ozment. Citing King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Ozment argues that immigrant rights in America is the human rights struggle of our time.

• Also at noon, the dean of UCLA's School of Nursing, Courtney H. Lyder, will present"To Dream Again: Lessons From My Mentors" in Vanderbilt's 208 Light Hall.

• Vanderbilt offers three different afternoon teach-ins this year. The first teach-in is from 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Sarratt Cinema, and features actor Danny Glover in conversation with the Black Cultural Center's Frank Dobson and producer/director Carolyn McDonald. Together, they'll explore some of Glover's most memorable roles. Alice Randall will present closing remarks, and seating is first-come, first-served.

From there, visitors are asked to continue to the Black Cultural Center for a reception for visiting artist Eric Etheridge. Etheridge will present the series he's exhibiting at the center, entitled Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders.

From 3:45-4:45 p.m., join Paul Lim, John Seigenthaler, David Williams, Clive Mentzel and participating VU students to discuss the civil rights struggles of Africans in the era of apartheid, African-Americans, and American Indians. The discussion, titled "Reflections on Social Justice In a Global Context: Martin, Mandela, Means and Their Movements," takes place in the Ingram Commons Multi-Purpose Room.

• Actor Glover will also deliver Vanderbilt's Martin Luther King keynote address. The service begins 6:30 p.m. in Langford Auditorium with a performance by Vanderbilt Choir, Voices of Praise, and Victory A Cappella, as well as recitations from the junior high and high school students who won this year's MLK Day essay contests. From there, Glover will deliver a speech about his career and his use of film to inspire social activism. An interfaith candlelight vigil will close the evening's events, culminating in a reception in Light Hall Lobby.

• At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, Belmont will host its 2014 MLK Week keynote address "Postracial Blues: Notes on Religion and the 21st Century Color Line." J. Kameron Carter, who teaches black church studies and theology at Duke University, delivers the talk in Neely Dining Hall.

• On Jan. 23 at Vanderbilt Law School, Harvard law professor Kenneth W. Mack will deliever the school's MLK lecture. Mack will speak on "The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer," the title of his 2013 book about the careers of groundbreaking attorneys including Thurgood Marshall, Loren Miller and Pauli Murray, in the Renaissance Room of the law school from noon until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

For more events and information, see mlkdaynashville.com, vanderbilt.edu/mlk and belmont.edu/mlk.

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