Williams College to Host Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 11, 2018—Williams College will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with events beginning Sunday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 19. All are welcome to attend these free, public events.

For the opening event on Sunday, Jan. 14, Joseph Wilson ’19 and Black Campus Ministry will have a praise session and reflection at 1 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel.

Monday, Jan. 15, Williams students will partner with MCLA students and members of the Berkshire community to participate in a variety of service projects from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

From noon to 5 p.m. Paresky’s Baxter Hall, students of Steven Miller, associate professor of mathematics, will build a LEGO bridge. Families are especially welcome.

At 7 p.m. in Paresky Auditorium, Williams scholars and professors reflect on today’s current movements and their relationship to the Civil Rights Movement.

Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Driscoll Lounge, there will be a session “Informed and Involved: Organizing Workshop Featuring Local Advocates and Activists,” from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

A screening of the film Dolores will be shown Thursday, Jan. 18, in Paresky Auditorium at 7:45 p.m. Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, yet her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. The film is directed by Peter Bratt.

On Friday, Jan. 19, there will be an Islamic prayer service in Thompson Memorial Chapel Basement at 1 p.m. The closing event will be student vocal performances from 6:00-6:30 p.m. during the all-night “Marathon of Voices,” where musicians from the Williams community perform from sunset to sunrise.

These events are co-sponsored by the Davis Center, the Center for Learning in Action, the Chaplain’s Office, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, and Dining Services.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map