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The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring the achievements of the late civil rights leader. Here are a few events happening on campus:

Saturday, January 14

Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This annual conference gets students involved in interactive sessions focused on leading in a diverse world, servant leadership, and social justice. That event is followed by a half day of community service in the Knoxville area, where students experience first-hand some of the topics and issues discussed earlier in the day. Learn more at the Center for Leadership and Service website.

Monday, January 16

Candlelight Vigil Against Racism

8 p.m. at the Baptist Collegiate Center

This event is hosted by several campus ministries including Collegiate Abbey, the Navigators, RUF, Collegiate Black Christians, Cedar Springs, the Cross, and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. It is open to the public.

Monday, January 23

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Featuring Boyce Watkins

7 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Building, Room 210
The Black Cultural Programs Committee hosts a celebration of the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. Boyce Watkins will speak at the event. Watkins is one of the leading financial scholars and social commentators in America. He is the founder of the Black Wealth Bootcamp, the Black Business School, and the Your Black World coalition, which have a collective total of 300,000 subscribers and 1.4 million social media followers worldwide.

Admission is free for students who opt in, $5 for students who opt out.

For more information and disability accommodations, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Life at 865-974-6861 or

The College of Law is also hosting events throughout the week for its faculty, staff, and students.