n the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., it seems an appropriate time to evaluate the current social and political climate, our relation to our neighbors and the nonviolent movement toward social change. Alongside incredible strides in equality, our culture has yet to fully abandon its prejudices, and some even hold tighter to those prejudices under the guise of “adhering to tradition” or, well, “making America great again.”
Today, honor the life of MLK Jr. and the vision of America’s future he stands for, and connect to our local higher education institutions, three of which (UCCS, PPCC and CC) are collaborating in King’s memory. At 5:01 p.m., take part in a moment of reflection, when Shove Chapel chimes its bells 39 times, one bell for each year of King’s life. Afterward, watch Eyes on the Prize Part 10 — The Promised Land, a documentary that explores the final days of King’s life; enjoy a musical performance by William Malone and the Pikes Peak Community College Jazz Combo; and stick around for a panel discussion. The Panel, “Have We Arrived to the Promised Land in America?” will feature Dr. Regina Lewis, Dr. Stephanie Rose Spaulding, Henry Allen and Bro. Eric Graham.