A variety of events including a public march and program, service day events, and a race and ethnicity symposium will be held in Georgetown on Monday, Jan. 21, through Thursday, Jan. 24. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service on Jan. 21
The United Way of Williamson County is sponsoring a Day of Service on MLK Day from 9 a.m. to noon for youth or adults. The Day of Service includes project locations in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill and Round Rock. To register, go to unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.
March and Program on Jan. 21
A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins on Monday, Jan. 21, at noon at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. After meeting on the north side of the Courthouse on Seventh Street, there will be a seven-block march to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St. The annual event is sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches.
A program beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church features guest speakers Renee Henry, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Georgetown. The march and program are sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches and are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361.
Southwestern University events, Jan. 22-24
Film screening: The Office of Diversity Education, Diversity Enrichment Committee, Student Activities and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice will present two screenings of “The Hate U Give,” based on the book by Angie Thomas, on Jan. 22 at 5 and 8 p.m. in the Olin Building Room 105. A discussion will follow each screening. For details, contact Terri Johnson, assistant dean for Student Multicultural Affairs, at (512) 863-1342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Speak Out: Voices of the Women from the Civil Rights Movement”: Office of Diversity Education and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice present “Speak Out: Voices of the Women from the Civil Rights Movement” on Jan. 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Prothro 233 and 234. Speak Out – Recognizes the unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. There will be readings of famous quotes, sharing of stories and performances in honor of the women. Refreshments will be provided. For details, contact Terri Johnson at (512) 863-1342 or email email@example.com.
Symposiums: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting two symposiums, including one about the play titled “Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town: Performing Environmental Racism and Justice” on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the McCombs Campus Center Ballroom. The symposium includes a presentation about the play from Pavithra Vasudevan, an assistant professor of African & African Diaspora Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as an excerpt from the play, staged with audience participation. A second titled “We Deserve to be Children. We Deserve to Grow Up, Too,” by Southwestern Alumnus De Andre Woods-Walker is Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the McCombs Campus Center Ballroom. The talks will be followed by discussions on race/racism and activism.
For more information about the symposiums, contact Anthropology Professor Melissa Johnson at (512) 863-1406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown.
Youth Service Day on Jan. 21
The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for high school students in grades nine to 12. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow St. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for three hours of service.
Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the community center. For details, contact the Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-0074.