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Here are some MLK day events for Newport County

On Monday, the nation will take time to remember the work of Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was associated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, prior to leading a protest. 

In Newport, there will be several events honoring King Jr., and his legacy. 

On Sunday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m., there will be a music celebration at Redwood Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Ave. The Voices in Unity Choir, Mount Zion AME and Community Baptist Church, will perform under the direction of Frances-Elayne Johnson. The event is free, but registration is required at redwoodlibrary.org/events. 

On Monday, there will be a torch run and ceremony, located at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument in Portsmouth. The event begins at 9 a.m. 

The annual MLK Day program will begin at noon with Rev. Dr. Paul Hoffman, pastor of the Evangelical Friends Church, officiating. Other speakers include Rev. Glen Leverette, pastor of the Community Baptist Church, with musical selections from Mr. Kenneth Johnson. This event is free, but registration is required at redwoodlibrary.org/events. 

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An afternoon program featuring the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with Actor and Poet David Mills will be presented starting at 3 p.m., at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum. This also is a a free event, but registration is required at redwoodlibrary.org/events. 

For more information about these MLK events, contact Victoria Johnson at 401-559-3968. 

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society will also be celebrating the life of MLK, with a presentation on Civil Rights Leader Mahlon Van Horne. The virtual presentation begins at 5 p.m. 

Freedom is not enough

In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society will host a presentation “FREEDOM IS NOT ENOUGH: The Life and Times of Reverend Mahlon Van Horne.” The virtual presentation is free of charge and will be held on Monday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

Van Horne was pastor of the Union Colored Congregational Church in Newport and would become the first elected person of color to a Rhode Island School Committee in 1872 and state General Assembly in 1885. Like Rev. Martin Luther King a century later, Van Horne was an influential religious, civil rights, and political leader of his day.

Those wishing to attend the virtual event can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-life-and-times-of-reverend-mahlon-van-horne-tickets-238610810357

An entire week remembering MLK 

Salve Regina University will be celebrating MLK with several events throughout the week. Beginning the celebration will be a virtual movie night and dialogue. The planned movie for this event is “Loving,” which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. The film screening will be followed by a dialogue facilitated by student leaders. The movie starts at 7 p.m. 

On Tuesday, there will be a Sabbath Time vigil for nonviolence from 1:45-2:15 p.m. The location for the vigil will be determined at a later date. Then at 6:30 p.m., there will be a spoken word performance called “Bending the Arc of the Universe Toward justice. This event is being organized by the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention for a lively spoken word and song event with contributions from students, faculty and staff. 

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At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be a town hall with the presidential commission for equity and inclusion that will include a presentation on the outcomes of the campus climate survey, with an opportunity for community discussion, reflection and input.

On Thursday, there will be a virtual lecture at 4 p.m. titled Culture and Caste: Unpacking the Roots of Racism in America. Join Isabel Wilkerson, author of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” and “The Warmth of Other Suns,” for a lecture exploring the layers of racialized injustice and violence across the American story from foundations to the present. Following the lecture, President Kelli J. Armstrong will facilitate a Q&A with the Salve Regina community. Registration is required for virtual attendance.

On Friday, there will be a day of service from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with various on- and off-campus service opportunities taking place throughout the day with Salve Regina’s community partners around Aquidneck Island. All students, faculty and staff are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

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