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Beloit College celebrates Dr. King's legacy for a week

January 12, 2017
By Whitney Helm

MLK celebration week will be held Jan. 16-20

Beloit, Wis. –Beloit College invites the community to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the week of Jan. 16-20.

The celebration kicks off with the 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation, which will be held on Monday, Jan. 16 at 4:15 p.m. at Eaton Chapel, 700 College St. This year's speaker is Beloit City Councilor Regina Dunkin, the former executive director of the Merrill Community Center, and a community leader with over 18 years of social service experience.

Last year, author Rick Daniels, the interim dean of students at Rock Valley College delivered the keynote address. Beloit City Councilor and Beloit College staff member Regina Hendrix delivered the 2015 address, "A Dream Deferred?" In 2014, Brenda Hooper Atlas, also a Beloit alumna and head pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church, offered the keynote. Other former keynote speakers included: James Perkins, former mayor of Selma, Ala.; Joanne Bland, co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; and Robert L. Belle, Jr., former director of the Federal TRIO Programs within the U.S. Department of Education. Beloit professor of religious studies Debra Majeed delivered the 2011 address and "Marching to the Mountaintop" author and Beloit alumna Ann Bausum appeared in 2012.

The event will be live-streamed online at and rebroadcast on Beloit Access Television in the coming weeks. 

Additional Events

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17- #Letsbereal series: Is Dr. King's movement possible today?, 4 p.m. in Java Joint located in the basement of Pearsons Hall. This audience-facilitated conversation is sure to be thought-provoking.                                                                
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 - A performance of the play "The Meeting," 7 p.m. in Wilson Theater. The 1987 play by Jeff Stetson details the fictional meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in 1965.
  • Friday, Jan. 20 - #GetWoke: Screening of "The 13th" by Ava DuVernay, 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Theater. The 2016 documentary explores race and the history of mass incarceration. 

Media contact: Whitney Helm,, 608-363-2849