50 years after assassination, community and campus to reflect on lasting legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
— In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination April 4, 1968, Washington College will host a series of community events next month. The series is presented by Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Department of Music and Black Student Union in partnership with Sumner Hall, Chester Valley Ministers’ Association, Bethel AME Church, Kent County Arts Council and RiverArts. All events, including living history performances, films, concerts and dinners are free and open to the public. “The four-day memorial will provide multiple opportunities for the community to come together to reflect upon the impact Dr. King has had on our lives,” said Patrick Nugent, deputy director of the Starr Center, in a news release. “It’s an important moment for us to consider the directions Dr. King would point us toward today.” The opening event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, features Ysaye Barnwell, who will lead a community-sing at the college’s Hynson Lounge incorporating the music of the civil rights movement, spirituals, gospel and other tunes in four-part harmony. Barnwell is a composer, arranger, author, actress and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. On Wednesday, April 4, 50 years to the day after King’s assassination, Washington College students, volunteering for a day of service, will host a “History Harvest” with students listening to and recording the community’s memories of King. It will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen St., Chestertown. The public is invited to share personal stories and recollections, photographs, letters or clippings related to King’s life and legacy. Recordings will be archived at Washington College and made accessible to the community. Following the “History Harvest,” Sumner Hall will host a community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with music and remembrances. The Chestertown Environmental Committee will host a screening of Vik Muniz’ film “Wasteland” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Sumner Hall. A screening of “The Butler’s Home: A Glimpse into Eugene Allen’s Life,” a film by Melissa Sue Lopez, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center, Washington College. The series will conclude with an event hosted at Bethel AME Church on Friday, April 6. Beginning at 7 p.m., actor Bill Grimmette will perform “Remembering Martin,” a dramatic portrait of King. The church is located at 237 N. College Ave., Chestertown. Grimmette will deliver excerpts from some of King’s writings and speeches. The evening also will feature prayer, dance, repast and music performed by the Bethel AME Church Choir and the Millington and Pondtown Mass Choir.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.