NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State
University will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
with a MLK Day of Service and Convocation featuring MSNBC political analyst and
author Joy-Ann Reid.
TSU will host the MLK Joint Day of Service with seven other
universities and colleges on Saturday, Jan. 18. Shirley Nix-Davis is one of the
co-chairs of the event. She says participants will gather at Kean Hall on the
main campus that morning and hear from Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, a TSU alum and
one of the Freedom Riders, before leaving to perform service projects across
“This year we’re focusing on the 60th anniversary
of the sit-ins,” says Davis. “We think it’s important that students can come
together and learn things that were going on during the civil rights movement.”
On Monday, Jan. 20, TSU will join the Interdenominational
Ministers Fellowship and the Nashville community in celebrating the slain civil
rights leader. Hundreds of people are expected to assemble in front of
Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. to march to TSU’s
Gentry Complex for its annual Convocation honoring King. The Convocation is
scheduled for 11 a.m.
Joy-Ann Reid will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Convocation. In addition to being a political analyst for MSNBC, Reid is also the host of “AM Joy,” which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 A.M. ET to noon ET. She is also the author of the book “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide”; co-editor of “We Are The Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama”; and a columnist at The Daily Beast.
To learn more about TSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/servicelearning/.
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