2004 MLK Celebration Events

Maryville College proudly partners with the 2004 Blount County MLK Celebration Committee in observing and celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. A schedule of countywide activities and services is listed below. Our invitation is extended to all.

Wed., Jan. 14 – A Martin Luther King Community Dinner at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville will begin at 6 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Meat and beverages will be provided; guests are asked to bring side dishes.

Fri., Jan. 16 – A business luncheon at the MLK Community Center in Alcoa will begin at noon. The luncheon is $20 per person, and reservations should be made to Lynda Stapleton at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce (865.273.1203) before Jan. 12. Speakers for the luncheon include Saaida Williams, executive director of the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee, and Greg McClain, Maryville assistant city manager and 2003 chairman of the Chamber.

Sat., Jan. 17 – The community is asked to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build site. Two shifts are being arranged, 8:30 a.m.-noon; 1-4:30 p.m. For site information and other details, call Anthony Dunnings at the MLK Center at 865.983.1954.

Sun., Jan. 18 – A community worship service will begin at 4 p.m. in Maryville College's Wilson Chapel. The Rev. Lorrin Harris, pastor of Mother Love Baptist Church in Louisville, Tenn., will deliver the message.

Mon., Jan. 19 – MLK Day
(Beginning at 10:30 a.m., classes will close to allow students to attend any of the MLK Day events.)

  • 11 a.m. – A panel discussion will be held in Wilson Chapel.
  • Noon – A lunch with soul food offerings will be available in the Margaret Ware Dining Room in Pearsons Hall. (MLK Day guests are asked to take their trays back to the Proffitt Dining Room to eat with Celebration Program speakers and participants.) Cost is $5.55 per person and can be paid at the door to the Margaret Ware Dining Room.
  • 1 p.m. – Parade-marchers are asked to assemble at the MLK Community Center in Alcoa.
  • 1:30 p.m. – The annual MLK March, honoring the peaceful protests that Martin Luther King, Jr. led across the South, will start out from the MLK Center and end at Wilson Chapel.
  • 2:45 p.m. – The Celebration Program will begin at Wilson Chapel. Civil rights activist, author, historian, teacher and former state legislator Robert Booker will be the guest speaker. The Blount County MLK Celebration Choir, led by Larry Ervin, Maryville College's director of multicultural affairs, will provide music.

The Blount County MLK Celebration Choir is a volunteer effort composed of community members from in and around Blount County. All are welcome to join the Choir. Rehearsals are scheduled in Wilson Chapel at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6, 8, 13 and 15 (dress rehearsal). Come share your voice!


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.