Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Day of Prayer
On January 15, 2018, the Covenant College community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day and our biannual Day of Prayer. Early in the morning, Covenant students, staff, and faculty gathered at the Rock City Overlook to listen to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, along with a time of prayer and singing as the sun rose.
“What a joy that we serve a God who calls us to be people of celebration,” said Covenant College chaplain Rev. Grant Lowe. “And what a joy to have the opportunity to celebrate in unique ways the person and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
A panel discussion was held late morning in a packed chapel. Rev. Irwyn Ince, director of GraceDC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission, shared opening remarks, and then Chaplain Lowe moderated a panel of African-American students. Berto Dryden ’19, Nyra Johnson ’18, and Erik Peeples ’20 reflected on issues of race and their personal experiences, and were thanked with a standing ovation.
In the afternoon, hundreds of Covenant students, as well as members of the faculty and staff, participated in service projects with their residence halls in collaboration with Project52, a volunteer initiative run by Dr. Chris Robinson, assistant professor of sociology. Project52 seeks to “glorify our Lord Jesus Christ and ease the pain of others,” through helping those with immediate crisis.
The day concluded with an evening celebration in the Great Hall featuring the Covenant College Jazz Band, musician James Ward, reflections from Rev. Irwyn Ince, selected readings from Dr. King’s works, and a time of fellowship.