Date: January 12, 2006
In keeping with the recent "A Day On, Not a Day Off" attitude toward the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Andrews University is hosting its 5th annual "A Legacy of Freedom" celebration, January 14-16, featuring numerous events honoring the life and legacy of peace-advocating civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.
The weekend's events will commence on Saturday, January 14, at 11:30 am with an oration of one of King's sermons at New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Seminary Chapel on the campus of Andrews University.
Not to be missed is Saturday evening's Gospel Choir Festival at the Howard Performing Arts Center, also on the campus of Andrews University. Beginning at 7 pm, the concert will feature a collaboration of five choirs under the direction of Stephen Zork, Andrews associate professor of music. Recording artists Donald Sykes and Curtis Gulldedge of Benton Harbor will perform as guest soloists. Free admission, no tickets required.
This year, the first annual Freedom Awards will be presented to community members whose efforts actively further the cause of freedom. The five individuals who will receive this award during Sunday evening's Freedom Banquet are as follows: community and church contributor Sarita Mayhawk; Larry and Sandy Feldman, co-founders of All God's Children Choir, which fosters a climate of understanding and freedom of expression for Benton Harbor children; Walter B. T. Douglas, a consulter for local corporations on global issues and establisher of the Center for Multiculturalism and Diversity at Andrews University; and Georgia Boggs, housing advocate, vice president of the Niles-Buchanan NAACP, and retired school counselor/mentor from Niles, Mich. The banquet will be held at 6:30 pm at the All Nations SDA Church, 4259 E Snow Rd, in Berrien Springs. Tickets are $18 Students, $20 Faculty, Staff & Community, and are available at Apple Valley Market in Berrien Springs.
The banquet's keynote speaker, 92-year-old Anita Mackey, received an honorary degree in Humane Letters from Andrews University and devoted much of her life to medical and clinical social work. A lifetime member of the NAACP, Mackey has received multiple awards and has served on a myriad of boards, councils, commissions, and taskforces. Mackey is also an avid traveler, having visited Africa, Antarctica, and most places in between.
The weekend will culminate with a special convocation on Monday, January 16, at 10:30 am in Pioneer Memorial Church. The convocation will feature keynote speaker, John Fowler, who earned his masters in theology and doctorate in education at Andrews University. Fowler has served as a teacher, pastor, author, editor, and as a director and associate secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist church in Southern Asia. Currently, Fowler is the associate director of education for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a position he has held since 1995. The convocation will also feature several musical groups, including the Speech Choir, the Sound of Bengal, and the African Seventh-day Adventist Choir.
Several workshops will take place on Monday afternoon. At 1:30 pm, "Building a Better Community," presented by AU OutREACH, will meet in Chan Shun Hall's Garber Auditorium. The Contemporary Issues class will meet in the same location at 2:30 pm for "Disaster Response and Equity." Then, at 3:30 pm, also in Garber Auditorium, the Pre-Law Club will show the film "Hotel Rwanda," followed by a panel discussion.
Each of the weekend's events is open to the public.