Millikin University’s Center for Multicultural Student Affairs will celebrate the life of civil rights visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 4th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in Pilling Chapel on Millikin University’s campus. The theme for this year’s candlelight vigil is “45 Years: Progressing Towards Social Change.” The event is free and open to the public.
The event will start with a meditation from various spiritual leaders in the community and the lighting of the candles. Participants will proceed to the lower level of Richards Treat University Center where the program will reconvene at 6:30 p.m.
Featured speakers include Millikin University President Dr. Harold Jeffcoat, Richland Community College Test Specialist Dr. Priscilla Palmer, Millikin Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lori Kerans, Millikin Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Kenneth Laundra, Pastor Todd Tuggle, and Millikin student leaders.
Millikin and Decatur community leaders will speak on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change.
A sequential process of nonviolent conflict-resolution and social change based on Dr. King’s teachings, the Six Steps of Nonviolence developed by the King Center include:
• Information Gathering – The way you determine the facts, the options for change, and the timing of pressure for raising the issue is a collective process.
• Education – The process for developing articulate leaders, who are knowledgeable about the issues. It is directed toward the community through all forms of media about the real issues and human consequences of an unjust situation.
• Personal Commitment - Looking at your internal and external involvement in the nonviolent campaign and preparing yourself for long-term as well as short-term action.
• Negotiation - The art of bringing together your views and those of your opponent to arrive at a just conclusion or clarify the unresolved issues, at which point, the conflict is formalized.
• Direct Action - Occurs when negotiations have broken down or failed to produce a just response to the contested issues and conditions.
• Reconciliation - The mandatory closing step of a campaign, when the opponents and proponents celebrate the victory and provide joint leadership to implement change.
If inclement weather occurs, the event will begin at 6 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center.
For further information, please contact the Millikin Center for Multicultural Student Affairs at 217.362.6411 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.