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A Two-Day Celebration of Dr. King
Posted 01/08/2018 05:18PM

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School will mark the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with two days of special events commemorating the life and work of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

On Sunday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m., the Reverend Francis Walter and his wife, Faye, will share "Reflections on Selma and the Early Civil Rights Movement" in St. Andrew's Chapel. A native of Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of the School of Theology (Sewanee), Fr. Walter was ordained in the diocese of Alabama. Fr. and Mrs. Walter were both active in the Selma Inter-religious Project and the Freedom Quilting Bee. Fr. Walter will read a chapter from his forthcoming book about his meeting with Dr. King and share photographs from the period.

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, SAS students will have an opportunity to view the movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" at the Sewanee Union Theatre. The 2013 film is a slightly fictionalized account of the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House. The film chronicles how the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events of the time affected this Mr. Gaines' life, family, and American society. On Sunday evening, the school's regularly scheduled Compline service will include special readings to mark the holiday.

As on every Monday, January 15 will begin with a Holy Eucharist service for the school community at 8 a.m. in St. Andrew's Chapel. Head of School Karl Sjolund will deliver a sermon inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and work. Throughout the day, in addition to their regular classes, students and faculty will have opportunities to more deeply explore the meaning of the day. Opportunities will include faculty and student presentations global activism, local activism, religion and civil rights, and politics and civil rights. The presentations will be in the school's Agee Library. A set of social justice inspired prints will be on display in the front hall of the school's academic building and a reception with light refreshments will be held during the morning break in classes. During the lunch hour, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to participate in activities and discussions to mark the day.

"It is important to the SAS community that we use the opportunity of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for education, both in our usual class schedule and through these specially scheduled events," said SAS history department coordinator Geoffrey Smith who spearheaded organization of the day. "Dr. King's commitment to education, civil rights, social justice, and the promise of America is an inspiring message and provides us with much material for reflection and discussion."

Monday, January 15 is also a Shadow Day at SAS for students in grades 5-11 who are interested in exploring the option of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. For more information about having your child attend SAS on Monday, January 15, contact admission@sasweb.org.

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