MLK Day observances at Maryville College honor three Kings

MLK Day observances at Maryville College honor three Kings

Jan. 10, 2013
Contact: Mary Moates ’14, Communications Assistant

Judge Roy W. King, adjunct lecturer in the department of African-American Studies at the State University of New York, will speak to the Maryville College community on Mon., Jan. 21, during the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances.

In his lecture, King is expected to address the Maryville College Multicultural Center’s yearlong theme of “Smiling Faces Sometimes…: The Changing Face of Discrimination.” It will be presented at 10:30 a.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Lambert Recital Hall. The event, which is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance and the Maryville College Multicultural Center, is free and open to the public.

“This year’s MC multicultural theme gives us a foundation to explore the progress and the setbacks that our nation faces today,” said Larry Ervin, director of multicultural affairs at Maryville College. “There are so many facets to this open-ended proclamation that anyone could find food for thought around this ever changing, ongoing issue.”

The event will also include a performance by the Maryville College Voices of Praise gospel choir, as well as poetry readings by students.

In addition to Judge Roy King’s Jan. 21 presentation, his son, Dr. Rodmon King, will be returning to Maryville College again this year to present lectures and facilitate conversations with students and faculty on Jan. 18-19.

Rodmon King, assistant professor of philosophy at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., is dedicated to empowering individuals to become agents of social change. His current research focuses on the intersection between normative virtue ethics and social justice. In the past, he has given workshops on diversity, activism and racial privilege for the G.L.I.M.P.S.E. Diversity Student Leadership Conference. For the past seven years, King has served as the faculty advisor to Sankofa: the Black Student Union at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Judge Roy King received his B.A. from Drake University, J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and M.A. in theological studies from Northeastern Seminary. He was a practicing attorney in the City of Rochester from 1965 until 1996, serving in several positions, such as City Court Judge and Supervising Judge of the City Court of Rochester. Currently, he acts as assistant pastor and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Progressive Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Rochester, N.Y.

“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Judge Roy W. King and Rodmon King have traveled far emotionally and intellectually, accomplishing great feats and receiving great recognition to come share with us their treasures,” Ervin said. “In this season of reflection, celebration and challenge, we need wise men who will spare no expense and face all danger to follow that star of hope and equality.”

For more information on the College’s MLK Day observances, contact Ervin at 865.981.8222 or

The 2013 MLK Celebration events held on the MC campus include a free screening of the 2012 movie “Red Tails,” which offers fictionalized portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American United States Army Air Force servicemen during World War II, and two performances of the musical “We Shall Overcome.”

“Red Tails” will be shown at 7 p.m., Jan. 18 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

A fundraiser for the Richard Williams Jr. Leadership Development Academy and a kickoff for its 10-year anniversary celebration, “We Shall Overcome” is a 90-minute musical presentation written by Award Winning Broadway Touring Star Lar'Juanette Williams. Centered on a classroom of multicultural youth who have little appreciation for the sacrifices and tireless work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the musical addresses current issues of apathy and misinformation regarding the Civil Rights Movement.

Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Tickets for “We Shall Overcome” are $22.50 and can be purchased by visiting the Clayton Center Box Office or calling 865.981.8590. Special prices are available for seniors and youth.

The Martin Luther Kind Community Celebration program will be held in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre at 2 p.m., Jan. 21, following the annual community walk from the MLK Center in Alcoa to the Maryville College campus. Students in MC’s Voices of Praise gospel choir will perform with the community choir during the celebration.

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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 2016 semester is 1,197.