In commemoration of Martin Luther King’s assassination 50 years ago, Auburn University will host two days of events – all leading towards becoming the Beloved Community. “The Beloved Community” is a term the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., popularized when he addressed Civil Rights supporters at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956 by declaring ending segregation was not the only goal but rather "the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption, the end is the creation of the beloved community.”
Joan R. Harrell, visiting assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts School of Communication and Journalism, has received support from the Auburn University Office of Inclusion and Diversity to create a 21st century intergenerational interfaith version of King’s beloved community vision.
On Wednesday, April 4, from 1 – 2 p.m., Sarah Collins-Rudolph, the survivor of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and sister of Addie Mae Collins, one of the four little girls killed in the bombing, will be at Pebble Hill to lead the lecture, “Fifty Years Later:1968- 2018 Race and Faith in the U.S.” Beginning at 5:30 p.m., there will be a march from Haley Center to Langdon Hall. Collins-Rudolph will host a conversation, and then she will join students and community residents for a candle light vigil in front of Samford Hall. At 7:05 p.m., Samford Hall’s bells will chime to commemorate the time King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, in 1968.
The events are free and open to the public.