When it hosts its sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation on next Monday (Jan. 17) the college will, for the first time, be asking one of its own to honor and examine the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader.
Debra Majeed, associate professor and chair of philosophy and religious studies at Beloit College, will deliver a speech titled “Imagine Better: A 21st-Century Response to the ‘Dream’ of King” at 4 p.m. in the college’s Eaton Chapel.
Majeed, a religious historian (and the first African American female and first Muslim to be tenured at Beloit College) is the only college faculty member to lead the annual convocation, which began in 2005. The convocation brings the community together the third Monday of every January to reflect on the condition of equal rights in this country and on the life of Dr. King. Last year’s speaker was Regina M. Prude of Beloit, founder of New Directions Management Services, Inc.
Community leaders and elected officials will be in attendance, and the Beloit Community Ministers’ Fellowship Youth Choir will also be performing during the public ceremony.