(January 9, 2015)

Dream Week 2015 events

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College will celebrate the legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a week-long tribute, January 19-24. Dream Week 2015 will offer events that encourage participants to reflect on the past while acting upon the promise of the future.

A student lends a hand at a food pantry during MLK Day of Service

All events for Dream Week 2015 are open to the public:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day
Monday, January 19, 7:30 a.m., Kilpatrick Auditorium/Various Sites

Dream Week kicks off with Centenary students, staff, faculty, and alumni taking part in the College's 7th Annual MLK Service Day. Participants will work to beautify the Highland area by painting, cleaning, and making other repairs to local schools and non-profit organizations.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, MLK Service Day serves as one of our nation's biggest coordinated one day service opportunities each year. The national MLK Day of Service is part of President Obama's United We Serve initiative which calls on all Americans to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in local communities.

Mayor Ollie Tyler and her staff will serve alongside Centenary students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers to continue the tradition of city leadership and local government to participate during this important day of service.

Registration is free with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium and participants will be returned to campus at noon for lunch.

To begin registration for MLK Service Day click here.

MLK Convocation with Guest Speaker Rev. Jay Augustine
Tuesday, January 20, 11 a.m., Whited Room in Bynum Commons

Rev. Jay Augustine currently serves as the senior pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is an adjunct faculty member at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Most recently, Rev. Augustine is the author of the book, The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, and Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. The book marks the 50th Anniversary of the American Civil Rights Movement while also focusing on key issues such as voting rights, environmental justice, and education reform. More information on Augustine can be found here. A brief video of him summarizing his latest book can be found here.

Dream Week Movie Night: Take Me to the River
Wednesday, January 21, 7:30pm, Robinson Film Center

Take Me to the River (2014) is a documentary chronicling the evolution of soul music in the heart of one of America's most iconic southern cities, Memphis, TN. The film follows the recording of an album that brought together musical legends from the well-known Stax recording company with rising musical stars of today. The film is both inter-generational and inter-racial as it brought award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together in a way that was unique and unprecedented. More information about the film can be found here as well as here, or you can watch the trailer. Tickets to the film will be free to all Centenary students with student ID.

MLK Convocation with alumnus Dr. Jason Maggio
Thursday, January 22, 11 a.m., Whited Room of Bynum Commons

Dr. Jason Maggio graduated from Centenary College in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science. He later earned his doctorate at Parker University in Dallas, Texas, in chiropractic care. While at Centenary, Maggio was a member of the basketball team and was also involved in other aspects of campus life. Throughout his career, Maggio has served his community both locally and globally in many ways. His healthcare center, All the Way Health, is one of the largest natural healthcare centers in the state of Louisiana. He leads a local weekly radio show on 96.5 KVKI educating members of the community on health care and health related issues. He has served as a member on the U.S. Olympic Wellness Advisory Council and most recently as a Wellness Physician to the U.S. Olympic Team during the 2012 London Olympic games.

Dream Week Theatre Performance of "Crowns" produced by the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre
Friday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

"Crowns" is a spirit-filled tribute to the faith and fashion of African American women and their church hats. This popular musical peers into the lives of women as it celebrates family, faith, love, loss, and finding one's true identity.
The Mahogany Ensemble Theatre Company is an award-winning community theatre company founded and led by Centenary double-alumna (bachelor's in speech, master's in education administration), Mrs. Angelique Feaster Evans.

4th Annual MLK Youth Oratory Contest
Saturday, January 24, 1 p.m., Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

More Information on the Oratory Contest - PDF

Enter the contest here by Monday, January 12, 2015, no later than 5 p.m.