Millikin University will celebrate the life of civil rights visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 5th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Pilling Chapel on Millikin University's campus. The theme for this year's candlelight vigil is "Share Your Dream, Live Your Dream."
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 (RTUC) where the program will reconvene at 6:30 p.m.
The featured speaker for the program is Dr. Anne M. Matthews, Millikin associate professor of English. Dr. Matthews specializes in autoethnography, African-American literature, multicultural literature, and first-year composition. Before arriving at Millikin in 2003, she taught at the University of Missouri-Rolla and at Lane College, a historically black college in Jackson, Tenn. It was at Lane College that Dr. Matthews began to integrate her academic work with her passion for social justice, and she has continued on this path at Millikin, both in the classroom and in her autoethnographic research.
In recognition of her dedication to undergraduate students, Dr. Matthews has won numerous teaching awards throughout her career, including Millikin University's 2008 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
The candlelight vigil is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, Student Senate, and the Multicultural Student Council.
If inclement weather occurs, the candlelight vigil will begin at 6 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center.
For further information on the candlelight vigil, please contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.