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Music, Lectures Planned to Honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Music, Lectures Planned to Honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12, 2018

Susquehanna University has a full slate of events planned to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events are scheduled for the week of Jan. 22 due to students returning that week for the spring semester.

The university's annual Winter Convocation will feature Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir. The event, at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Degenstein Center Theater, is free and open to the public.

Formed out of the Gospel for Teens program (GFT) founded in 2006, Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir has become the breakout choir for The Mama Foundation for the Arts school.                 

Sing Harlem Choir has performed at many prestigious venues, programs and concerts across America, including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Stellar Awards, New York Fashion Week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and concerts across America with artists including Madonna, Ariana Grande, Pharrell, and Chance the Rapper.  

Higginsen is a noted author, playwright, radio and TV personality. She continues to write and produce original work as the executive director of the Emmy Award-winning Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, New York City, N.Y.   

Additional activities during MLK Week at Susquehanna include the first-ever Legacy of MLK - A Day of Teaching on Thursday, Jan. 25.  

The daylong event features the following lectures and readings:

  • 8 a.m., Philosophy and Hip-Hop, Lissa Skitolsky, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Isaacs Auditorium
  • 10-11:35 a.m., Biology of Women, Peggy Peeler, Professor of Biology, Stretansky Concert Hall
  • 10-11:35 a.m., Black Existentialism, Lissa Skitolsky, Isaacs Auditorium
  • 12:35-2:15 p.m., Philosophy of Race, Michael Thomas, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Isaacs Auditorium
  • 12:35-2:15 p.m., Writing and Thinking, Monica Prince, Creative Writing Fellow, Stretansky Concert Hall
  • 2:25-4:05 p.m., Marathon reading of MLK speeches and/or literature of resistance, various faculty/staff, Isaacs Auditorium

A special chapel service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. Chaplain Scott Kershner will present the message Why We Can't Wait.  

Finally, Susquehanna's Johnson Center for Civic Engagement has organized MLK Call to Action, an advocacy awareness event for students that will be held Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in Degenstein Meeting Rooms 1-4.  

The program is inspired by King's teachings of unity and writer and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau's thoughts on doing what is right. Discussions will focus on advocacy and current events, with the ultimate goal of developing at least one action plan that students will lead/organize.

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