The weekend will start off with a panel discussion on Friday, Feb. 10, moderated by the one and only Joyce Bylander at 12:30 in Stern Great Room. Panelist include: Dr. Vernan Carraway, MLK Scholar and Re-enactor, Dr. Mara Donaldson, Prof. of Religion, Brenda Bretz, Associate Provost for Curriculum, and Lenoard Brown, Dean of Students and Associate VP for Student Development.
At 4:30 the Speech Contest will take place in Weis 235 where you can come out and listen to Christina Mullen among other great students!
At 7:00 an "Evening with King" or, more specifically Dr Vernan Carraway will perform specific vignettes of King's speeches and essays, followed with a personal commentary on their relevance in our contemporary society. Rumor has it, Dr. Carraway is quite an individual, both in his impressive impersonations, and his own personal story. Taken from Dickinson's latest issue of "Extra Features," a piece promoting the MLK Institute explains Dr. Carraway's interesting past: "Vernon Carraway was a gifted athlete, sailing on the coattails of an athletics scholarship at Slippery Rock University. He also was functionally illiterate, having reserved the sum of his passion and energy for the game. Then his psychology professor offered a challenge—to learn to read by studying the works of Martin Luther King Jr.
It was 1969, a year after King’s assassination, and it would take several years of daily tutoring for Carraway to reach his goal. But as he pored over King’s texts, the words rang as electric and true to Carraway as they had when he’d first heard King deliver them, six years before.
Today, Carraway is a noted King scholar and interpreter with a Ph.D. in workforce education & development from Pennsylvania State University, where he works as a counselor. On Feb. 10, he will visit Dickinson to take part in a daylong program, MLK and the Millennial Generation."We are lucky to have participate in this annual event. Paula and Norm Jones should also be commemorated for their instrumental roles in founding and planning the program. Hope to see everyone on Friday!!Enjoy the snow