As a tribute to the non-violent tactics Dr. King employed throughout the civil rights movement, the program began with a tribute march. Participants gathered at Ellen Myers School in Harrogate, Tennessee and marched to the Duke Hall of Citizenship on the LMU campus. LMU suspended classes for the day to encourage students, faculty and staff members to participate in the remembrances.
Pictured from left: Harrogate Mayor Bill Fultz, LMU Chaplain Rev. Ray Penn, Middlesboro Ministerial Association Vice President Rev. Thomas Simmons, LMU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Michael Clyburn, Middlesboro Ministerial Association President Rev. Mary Runyon, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Pastor Rev. James Chesney, and LMU Dean of Students Frank Smith join in the singing of “We Shall Overcome” to close the Martin Luther King Day event.