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Martin Luther King Events

2009 Events 

The MLK Planning Committee is pleased to present and sponsor events that honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Friday, February 6
Monday, February 16
Friday, February, 27
Sunday, March 29



Multifaith Service

Hear  the Multifaith Service of previous years:                                                                                  photosaudioRev. Dr. Leon T. Burrows
2008 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multifaith Celebration Address, February 8, 2008.                                                                                                                      photosaudioRev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright
2007 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multifaith Celebration Address, February 9, 2007.

Johnson Chapel
Friday, February 6, 2009
7:30 p.m.

Reverend Walter Edward Fauntroy marched with Martin Luther King,  Jr., and has been a pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church since 1959.  Reverend Fauntroy was the founder and director of the Model Inner City Community Organization and is a Delegate to the United States Congress from the District of Columbia . 

Sponsors: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee, Amherst College Choral Society, Black Students Union, The Amherst Association of Students, Office of Religious Life, The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Committee, The Newman Club, Amherst Christian Fellowship, Gospel Choir, Hillel, and the Multicultural Resource Center. 

Jean Thompson- Freedom Rider

Charles Drew House
February 16, 2009
7:30  p.m.

In honor of Black History month Charles Drew House invites Freedom Rider,  Ms. Jean Thompson.  She trained Freedom Riders about to go into Jackson; continued to do sit-ins and picketing for several years.  She also did civil rights work elsewhere in the south, including Canton, MS, after Medgar Evers was murdered and in North Carolina.  She has lived in Amherst, MA since the early seventies.

Sponsors: Charles Drew House,  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee.


Harlem Gospel Choir

Buckley Recital Hall
Friday, February 27, 2009
8 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee is pleased to welcome back for a second year the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir.  This event is free and open to the public.  Amherst College students, staff, and faculty may reserve up to two tickets starting February 9.  Tickets will be available to the public starting February 19.   Starting Monday, February 9 tickets can be reserved by contacting (413) 542-2195 or

Learn more about the  Harlem Gospel Choir by visiting

Sponsors: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee.


African Underground Project

Sunday, March 29, 2009

3:00 p.m. Film Screening: Democracy in Dakar  Location: Stirn Auditorium
4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with filmakers             Location: Stirn Auditorium
8:00 p.m.  Hip Hop Performance                                Location: Buckley Recital Hall

The African Underground Project is "the award winning documentary film series, panel discussion/lecture and live performance that showcases African Hip Hop music and youth involvement in social political action."  This educational program- film screening and panel with the filmmakers and artists- ends with a  performance by four West African MCs backed by a live band. 

The award winning documentary film, "African Underground: Democracy in Dakar," follows the controversial 2007 presidential elections in Senegal through the eyes of Senegalese youth and the local Hip Hop community.  Please view the trailer of the film:  More information about the African Underground Project can be found at

Sponsors: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee, Career Center, Music Department, Center for Community Engagement, President’s Office, Black Studies Department, Five College African Studies Program, African & Caribbean Students Union