St. Andrew's-Sewanee School will be celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with three days of activities culminating with the Monday, January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The three days include a movie, special Chapel services, teach-ins, and opportunities for community creativity and fellowship. The community is invited to attend all events accept as noted.
The celebration kicks off on Saturday, January 19 with a showing of I Am Not Your Negro in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book author James Baldwin never finished "Remember This House", a personal account of the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. A social gathering and dessert for SAS student precedes the movie.
Because SAS is in session on Monday, the school will celebrate its MLK Day of Service on Sunday, January 20. SAS teacher David Prehn will lead a service project for all students interested in participating. Students will meet at Owen Student Union at 1 p.m. That evening, at 7:05 p.m., the school's weekly Compline service in St. Andrew's Chapel will include readings and music to mark the holiday. The community is invited to this short service.
Monday, January 21 will be chockful of educational opportunities to learn more about the life, work, and legacy of Dr. King as the school fulfills the goal of making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "a day on, not a day off". All events are open to the public. The day begins with a holiday-themed Holy Eucharist in St. Andrew's Chapel at 8 a.m. Following the service, a series of teach-ins in the school's Agee Library will be offered:
9:00 a.m. "Religion and Civil Rights" led by SAS Chaplain Mother Short
9:45 a.m. "Nashville Sit-ins" with SAS history teacher Chris Monahan
11:00 a.m. "The Mountain and Civil Rights" with History Department chair Geoffrey Smith
11:45 a.m. "Henrietta Lacks: An Immortal Life" with Academic Dean Kelley Black
1:30 p.m. "African American Poetry" with English Department chair Malia Carlos
2:15 p.m. "Asian Americans: The Model Minority Myth?" with Chinese teacher and International Student Coordinator Marcus Murphy
There will be a break at 10:30 a.m. at which participants are welcome to enjoy refreshments and student artwork in Simmonds Hall. At 12:30 p.m., SAGE Dining will offer Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite meal in the Robinson Dining Hall with creative activities facilitated by art teachers Osei Hill and Rachel Malde.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is the successor to one of the first Southern boarding schools to integrate, St. Andrew's School. The school integrated in September of 1965 at the request of the Order of the Holy Cross, the Episcopal order that founded the school to "break that cycle of poverty through education grounded in a Christian world-view." Throughout its history the school has remained committed to providing a boarding school education for students for whom such experiences might not otherwise be available.
Monday, January 21 is also the school's Admission Shadow-a-Student Day, an opportunity for prospective students to enjoy a day on the SAS campus. For more information or to register your child for the Shadow Day, go to www.sasweb.org/shadow. Registration is not necessary for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events.