NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University and city, religious and community leaders have planned a series of activities to mark the observance of Martin Luther King Day on January 21.
Demonstrating their commitment of giving back, TSU faculty, staff and students, in partnership with Hands on Nashville and other institutions in the city, will also participate in a National Day of Service, by engaging in cleanup, painting and maintenance projects across Nashville.
According to planners, the day’s activities begin at 9 a.m., with a prayer service at the Jefferson Street Baptist Church.
At 10 a.m., new TSU President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, will join Mayor Karl Dean, other officials and citizens in the annual MLK March, starting at the intersection of 28th and Jefferson Streets.
The march will end at the Gentry Center for the annual convocation, organized in collaboration with the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship. It begins at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Glover is expected to give a brief welcome statement.
Since this year’s MLK celebration coincides with the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., participants at the convocation will also view the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address live via video, organizers said.
Meantime, more than 50 TSU students, faculty and staff will board buses at 9:30 a.m., in front of Kean Hall to carry out cleanup and painting projects at two Nashville fire stations.
According to Dr. Linda R. Guthrie, Professor of Psychology and acting Director of the Center for Service Learning, a third fire station may be considered for cleaning and painting, depending on the number of volunteers.
Confirmed stations slated for cleanup and painting are located at:
101 Polk Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
2589 Whites Creek Pike
Nashville, TN 37207
To volunteer or sign up for the National Day of Service projects, visit http://www.hon.org/tsu
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