NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Members of the Bethel College community will join together Monday, Jan. 21, to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in their own lives. The 7 p.m. service will be held in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center.
Bethel students and staff from the Multicultural Club and the office of Student Life are planning the event, which campus pastor Amy Barker says will “have the feel of a Gospel service, with music throughout.”
Four Bethel students – seniors Adam Gabriel, Monrovia, Calif., and Tarson Powers, West Covina, Calif., junior Angelo Garibaldi, Tyrone, Ga., and freshman Krishna Phifer, Springfield, Va. – will speak about how Martin Luther King’s legacy has personally affected them.
Huron Breaux, Wichita, who has participated in a number of Bethel’s King Day celebrations, will sing and also lead congregational singing. Sharon Cranford, Wichita, will join him as a soloist.
“This is our own Bethel College service in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Barker, “his life and his legacy in our own lives and community.”
There will be refreshments after the service in the Fine Arts Center lobby. The event is free and open to the public.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.