50 years af­ter as­sas­si­na­tion, com­mu­nity and cam­pus to re­flect on last­ing legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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— 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.

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