Here are events scheduled around the Quad-Cities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
Augustana College — Community-wide celebration and musical tribute at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island. The theme is social justice and Dr. King’s quote of “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Performers include Community Gospel Chorus, Westbrook Singers, Augustana’s Gospel Choir and the Truth Temple and Pentecostal Church of God Praise Dancers. The sending will be provided by the Rev. Dwight Ford, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rock Island.
Clinton — The 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be at 2:30 p.m. at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton. A re-enactment of a civil rights march will precede the event, with a gathering at
1:30 p.m. and march at 2 p.m. from Unity Center, 562 5th Ave. S., Clinton, to the college. A tribute will be presented by author and actor D’Army Bailey, a native of Memphis who was expelled from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., in the early 1960s for his participation in demonstrations against segregation. He went on to graduate from Yale Law School in 1967. He later led the effort to preserve the Lorraine Motel where King was assassinated in 1968. The MLK Peace and Justice award will be presented to Dina White. Music by Free in Jesus Ministries Choir. Donations of canned goods will go to local pantries for the MLK Day of Service.
Rock Island — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service and awards ceremony at 9-10:30 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island. The theme is “There’s still work to be done.” The Rev. Lance Chaney, formerly of Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Rock Island, will be the keynote speaker. Youth essay and service awards and scholarships will be given and several elementary and junior high students will read their essays. The I Have A Dream Award will be given to a Rock Island resident for community service.
Davenport — A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in poetry, story, song and dance from 2-3:30 p.m. at River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Polyrhythms and River Music Experience present “The Legacy Continues” with performances by Nate Lawrence, Shellie Moore Guy, Imani Dancers, Johnnie Woods, Mount Zion Youth Group, Hal Reed & Ellis Kell, Matt McDowell, Camp Excel Youth, Nina Little and Duane Hodges. Free.
St. Ambrose University — The college will host a week of activities, beginning Monday with an airing of “In Black America” from 11:30 a.m. to noon on SAU Public Radio KALA-88.5 FM and airing of “From Atlanta to the Mountain Top” from noon to 3 p.m.
St. Ambrose University — A silent “March to Remember” from 3:05-4:30 p.m. will start at the St. Ambrose University Library and proceed to the former location of Toney’s Barbershop at 1030 Ripley St., followed by refreshments and conversation at Cosgrove Dining Hall.
St. Ambrose University — “Learn the History,” 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cosgrove Dining Hall on Locust Street next to Ambrose Hall, Davenport. Lunch and learn about key civil rights moments and locations in Davenport, including civil rights markers developed from the research of adjunct professor Arthur Pitz.
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St. Ambrose University — Lecture by artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. on “Race Matters? Racism Matters!” from 4-4:45 p.m. at Galvin Fine Arts Center, Room 141, on Gaines Street, between Locust and Lombard streets, Davenport, followed by opening reception from
5-7 p.m. in the Catich Gallery. Kennedy describes his art as responding to the idea of “racism” through posters, postcards, prints, books and other printed matter. The show runs through Feb. 22.
Saturday, Jan. 26
St. Ambrose University — Civil rights celebration dinner “Celebrate!” at 6 p.m. at Cosgrove faculty/staff dining room on Locust Street next to Ambrose Hall, hosted by St. Ambrose Multicultural Affairs in Community Action student organization. Cost: $16, including ticket to
7:30 p.m. Lula Washington Dance Theatre performance at Galvin Fine Arts Center. Call 563-333-6264 for dinner tickets. Dance performance only, $12 adults, $9 SAU alumni and senior citizens, $8 students at 563-333-6251.