Celebrating the legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., the Tennessee Tech campus community has several events planned and will host keynote speaker Rev. Shantell Hinton as she presents “The Jagged Edges of Activism” in Derryberry Hall at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15.
Rev. Hinton is the assistant university chaplain and assistant director of religious life at Vanderilt University. She is a native of Kansas with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, and she recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School where she was awarded the Kelly Miller Smith Institute for Black Church Studies Certificate, the Luke-Acts Prize, the Liston O. Mills Award and the Florence Conwell Prize. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church and serves as worship coordinator at New Covenant Christian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to Hinton, people are compelled to look at the Civil Rights era as a time of linear progress toward a more just society. However, it was a time a deep tension, varying strategies and tough decisions that left pieces of the movement without a clear fit.
Hinton’s keynote address will delve into the distinctly different views of the past Civil Rights movement, discuss what that means for the movement’s identity among contemporary modes of activism and bring ideas about innovation for activism today.
Continuing the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Tech chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will host its annual silent march on campus beginning at 11 a.m. The campus community is invited to join the march starting at the president’s lawn and ending in front of Derryberry Hall.
The events are part of a collaboration between Tech’s Commission on the Status of Blacks, the Treehouse Living and Learning Village, Crawford Women’s Village, Tech Athletics, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Tech Chapter of NAACP and the Interfaith Peace Project.
Other events planned through the collaboration include a campus and community worship service Sunday, Jan. 14 with music, prayer and preaching in the spirit of King at the Wesley Foundation, 271 E 9th St.; community service opportunities for Tech students; and an Interfaith Peace Project silent art auction Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1-5 p.m. at 31 W. 1st St. in Cookeville.
Hinton’s presentation is a Center Stage event, which is made possible by Tech’s General Education Fund.
All events are free and open to the public.