Join other UIS students, faculty and staff on January 18, 2016 as we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Participants will walk through an exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on the 1908 Springfield Race Riot that will be on display here on campus and view a brief documentary about the 1908 events. We will follow this with a “Then” and “Now” look at the events through a panel presentation from Brian Reardon (St John’s Hospital) who will share the story of the hospital’s role in caring for the injured, Kevin Seals (engineer with Hanson Engineers) Springfield Mayor, James O. Langfelder, Floyd Mansberger (archeologist) working with artifacts from the site and Doris Bailey (UIS student and board member of the African-American History Museum) who has researched this historical event which ultimately led to the formation of the NAACP.
Because of the large number of attendees, participants may check in and view the exhibit any time between 8:30 am and 9:15 am. Bagels, juice and coffee will be available. The event will begin with a welcome promptly at 9:15.
Lunch is included followed by participation in the NAACP MLK Unity March and an afternoon of service at various sites in the community. Volunteer sites include Habitat for Humanity, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, Spring Street Veteran’s Renaissance and more. Transportation will be provided.
Residence Halls will open Sunday, January 17 at noon for on-campus students who wish to return to campus early for this event.