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St. Olaf celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events

Martin Luther King Jr DaySt. Olaf College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events on January 17 and 18 that honor the civil rights leader’s legacy and lessons.

The events will begin with a virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day chapel talk on January 17 by Assistant Professor of Religion Timothy Rainey II. The chapel service will begin at 10:10 a.m. and will be streamed and archived online.

Later that day, students, faculty, and staff are invited to engage in a virtual community conversation about King’s vision and actionable next steps. The conversation will begin at 4 p.m., and those who wish to participate need to RSVP. Organizers will send the Zoom link directly to those who RSVP.

On January 18 a virtual panel discussion hosted in collaboration with the Piper Center for Vocation and Career will feature several St. Olaf alumni currently working for equity and inclusion. The panel will begin at 4 p.m. over Zoom.

Through these events, the college’s MLK Day Planning Committee hopes to provide several opportunities for the St. Olaf community to come together and support those who are disenfranchised.