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Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding an all-school Study Day, emphasizing the values and ideals that characterized King’s work.

January 19-20, 2014

Rebecca KubackiFEATURED PRESENTER: Rebecca Kubacki, Indiana state representative

As the daughter of Raul and Christina Espinoza, Rebecca Kubacki moved to Indiana at a young age where her parents were hired to pick tomatoes in Oswego. She attended Pierceton High School in Pierceton, Ind., where she met her husband, Michael Kubacki, and has been married for 37 years. They have two children, Katherine and Matthew.

Rebecca has spent the past 27 years as a community volunteer and today serves in the Indiana House of Representatives. Her optimism and enthusiasm to help others is unwavering as she brings those same values to the Statehouse as State Representative of District 22.

“To be representing the area where I had such humble beginnings makes me proud to know that the American Dream is still alive.”

Anthony BrownFEATURED MUSICIAN: Tony Brown ’71

Baritone Anthony Brown, a graduate of Goshen College in 1971, has gained international recognition for his singing, but is also a peace activist, counselor and professor of sociology and African American history.

In 2007, Brown founded the Peacing It Together Foundation to stage musical events worldwide that foster peace and social justice. He has spoken and performed in Bosnia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ireland, Japan, Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Uganda, Vietnam and many other countries, particularly countries in conflict. Brown’s goal in all of his endeavors is to “be a part of creating a better day for all of humanity.”

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

“I Go on Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs,” performed by Anthony Brown ’71
7-8:30 p.m., Umble Center
Tickets: $10 regular, $5 students. Purchase tickets online or call the Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

“I Go On Singing,” is a 90-minute rousing, multimedia presentation of the life, words and songs of Paul Robeson, performed by baritone Anthony Brown, a Goshen College and Hesston College alumnus and professor of sociology/artist-in-residence at Hesston College. This story of an American hero, athlete, scholar, star of stage and screen and champion for peace and justice during the 1940s comes alive in this performance.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Community Breakfast (advance tickets required by Jan. 13**)
7:30-8:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall

The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community and will feature speaker Rebecca Kubacki, state representative.

*Spoken-Word Coffeehouse and Talkback Session
9-10 a.m., College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall

Features gospel choir Voices N Harmony and a talk by Anthony Brown about how perceptions of diversity have changed since his time at Goshen College.
10-11:20 a.m., College Mennonite Church

MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, with small-table discussions
12-1 p.m., Westlawn Dining Hall

Faculty Lectures on Racism and Civil Rights:
*Irene Britt (Guest lecturer from Ivy Tech Community College) on institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System
2:-3:30 p.m., Church-Chapel Room 110

*Steve Nolt on women in the Civil Rights movement 
2-3:30 p.m., Church-Chapel Room 112

*Institutional Racism: Neighborhood Dumps
4:30-5:30 p.m., Newcomer Center Room 19

Black Student Union Dinner and Discussion
6-10 p.m., Newcomer 19

* Indicates convocation credit
**Register at or call the Welcome Center 574.535.7566




Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Goshen College on March 10, 1960. At the time, King was leading the struggle for racial equality throughout the South.

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Past MLK Jr. Study Days

MLK Jr. Study Day 2013 - Guests: Dr. Wilbert Smith and Dana Johnson

MLK Jr. Study Day 2012 - Guest speaker: Vincent Harding

MLK Jr. Study Day 2011 – Guests: African-American religious historian Dr. Quinton Dixie and Latino fiction writer Manuel Luis Martinez

MLK Jr. Study Day 2010 – Guests: baritone Anthony Brown, Latina poet Brenda Cárdenas and the Indianapolis youth-led group Latino Youth Collective

MLK Jr. Study Day 2009 – Guests: director of the Indiana University-South Bend Heritage Center Monica Tetzlaff and Triple G Mime Group

MLK Jr. Study Day 2008 – AfriCaribe and African-American theologian Dwight N. Hopkins


Related commentaries by President Jim Brenneman:

Community should honor the vision and ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. (The Goshen News, Jan. 14, 2007)

King visit historic moment for Goshen College (The Elkhart Truth, Jan. 14, 2007)

King’s dream remains alive for this son of the South (The South Bend Tribune, Jan. 15, 2007)