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Jackson College presents MLK Symposium.   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission was to abolish the Jim Crow laws of segregation in America. In observance of MLK Day  , Jackson College will host a symposium entitled “Experiencing Jim Crow,” offering a historical perspective of these laws and times in our nation’s history. The Symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in the Bert Walker Hall, Community Rooms 144-145.   Panelists for the event include:  Woodrow Wilson, retired Jackson college professor who taught African-American history;  Farris Coppage, retired school principal who was born and raised in the South at the time of Jim Crow laws;  Diana Agy, Jackson College professor, who teaches African-American literature;  Dr. Paul Patton, Spring Arbor University professor who taught at a historically black college and university and will discuss how these HBCUs came about;  Charles Anderson, retired Michigan Department of Corrections warden who helped break the color barrier for wardens in the state;  Harold White Jr., son of a civil rights activist;  Benny Poole, musician and entertainer during the Jim Crow era; and Austin Gates, African-American history teacher.  This free community event is presented by Jackson College and hosted by its Office of Multicultural Affairs. Any questions, please contact Lee Hampton, director, at 517.796.8470.

Spring Arbor University hosts “Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Service Day Project”, a countywide community service project organized by the SAU Office of Intercultural Relations.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Service Day Project will be the largest organized single day community service project in Jackson County with the intent of organizing over 500 volunteers.  This year’s event will start with a community rally in the Michigan Theatre. The event will include the involvement of local nonprofits, businesses, and local service clubs.  The event begins at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) in downtown Jackson’s Michigan Theatre. Volunteers will be provided free donuts, coffee, and sponsorship t-shirts.  For more information, contact eric.beda@arbor.edu or call (517) 750-6891.

Jackson College Winter Film Series.  Explore filmmaking and enjoy movies from classic to contemporary when Jackson College’s 42nd Annual Winter Film Series kicks off today.  The Winter Film Series is held annually at the Michigan Theatre in downtown Jackson as part of the College’s English 210 Films as Literature class. Community members are welcome. Films begin at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays; cost $5 per person.  Tonight:   “The Last Jedi” (2017) Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Yoga at Meijer Branch, Jackson District Library.  Stop by the Meijer Branch every Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and let Jeanette Lamphere teach you yoga. Suggested donation of $3. Intended for adults.

Learn to Lift, small group weight training at the Jackson YMCA.  learn how to navigate around the free weights and machines and get a great start to that New Years resolution!  Jackson YMCA, 127 W Wesley St, Jackson.  Mondays in January at 11 AM.  45 minute sessions.  For more information Click Here.

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