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Oak Ridge Community Events for Martin Luther King Day, 2012

Oak Ridge commemorates King’s birthday in a big way, but lately it’s been hard to get the details on activities. To help spread the word, here’s an abbreviated version of a schedule that I received today. All items are supposed to be “no charge” and “no reservations needed” except where indicated, but I have a hunch that some of the others might not be free.

Wednesday, January 11
4:00 to 6:00 P.M. “The Labyrinth: A Spiritual Journey Workshop”
Hear the similarities between the principles and teachings of Dr. King and the spiritual journey experienced through the walking of the labyrinth.
St. Stephens Presbyterian Episcopal Church, 212 N. Tulane Ave.

6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Community Soul Food Dinner and Drama Presentation: “Martin and Malcolm”
Oak Valley Baptist Church, 194 Hampton Road

Friday, January 13, 6:30 P.M.
“An Evening with the Clinton 12”
Conversations with our own historic Civil Rights Trailblazers.
Organized by: Children’s Defense Fund ~ Haley Farm (Contact: Theresa Venable 865-457-6466) & Green McAdoo Cultural Center
Haley Lodge, 1000 Alex Haley Lane, Clinton

Sunday, January 15 (Snow date Jan. 22), 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Opening Reception, Ebony Imagery XIV: Black Artist of Tennessee
(Exhibition dates: January 15 ~ March 10, 2012)
Music by: AJ Toth, Pianist, Junior ORHS
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue

Monday, January 16
8:00 A.M. Annual Fellowship Breakfast
Speaker: Dr. Jody Goins, Principal, Oak Ridge High School
($5 charge for breakfast)
East Tennessee Family Services (Formerly YWCA of Oak Ridge), 1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike

9:45 A.M. The Community Speaks Program
Speaker: Benjamin J. Stephens II, B&W Y12 Plant American Museum of Science & Energy, 300 South Tulane Avenue

12:00 P.M., MLK Luncheon Program “Continue the Dream”
Speaker: Dr. Jody Goins, Principal, Oak Ridge High School
Midtown Community Center (formerly Wildcat Den), Oak Ridge Tpke at Robertsville Rd, Traffic Light #11

2:00 P.M. Personal Testimonies: “What Dr. Martin Luther King Means to Me” & Roundtable Dialogue, Jinx Watson, Moderator
United Church Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Avenue

3:30 P.M. MLK Reception & Fellowship
Theme: “Seeking Shalom”
Presentation of Humanitarian Award
United Church Chapel on the Hill

4:00 P.M. MLK Interfaith Closing Candlelight Ceremony ~ “A Call to Action”
Speaker: Rev. Leah Burns, Pastor, Haven Chapel United Methodist Church, Powell, Tennessee
An offering will be taken up for the Sallie McCaskill Scholarship Fund
United Church Chapel on the Hill

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Panel Discussion ~ Conversations on Race
“Education,” John Smith, Former Oak Ridge School Board Chair, Moderator and “Housing and Employment,” Ruby Miller, Local Businesswoman, Moderator
Oak Ridge Public Library Auditorium, Oak Ridge Turnpike



  1. Mack Bailey says:

    St. Stephens is Episcopal.

  2. Ellen Smith says:

    Indeed it is. Fixed it here.

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