Hanover College President Lake Lambert will lead a nine-day spring-term course trip through the South to examine the life, ministry and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Four days of the excursion will be spent in the Mississippi Delta.
The trip, spanning May 12-20, will delve into the personal, social and theological influences on King’s leadership, theology and ministry, as well as the history and foundations of the modern civil rights movement. The group will travel to related sites and museums in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. The students will also participate in a community-service project in Clarksdale, Miss.
Lambert, in his second year as Hanover’s president, also serves as professor of theological studies at the College and has a personal interest in King’s life. He previously worked for the National Park Service doing research for the Selma-to-Montgomery, Ala., National Historic Trail. He began teaching a course about King while a professor of religion at Wartburg College.
In addition to the classroom aspect of the journey, Hanover alumni, family and friends are invited to join Lambert and the students May 17-20 for discussion and fellowship at a variety of destinations in Memphis, Tenn., and Clarksdale, Miss.
An opening reception will be held, Wednesday, May 17, at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT in the lobby of the famed hotel.
The activities shift to Clarksdale, Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20.
Three featured speakers will highlight lunch at Stone Pony Pizza’s Tack Room May 18. Bill Luckett, mayor of Clarksdale, Brad Fair of the Clarksdale City Council and Amanda Richardson, executive director of the Delta Regional Authority, will address guests during an event that runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Later that day, Roger Stolle, owner of Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art, will present an introduction to blues and cultural tourism. The session will run from 3-5:30 p.m. at the New Roxy Theater.
Ellen B. Meacham, an author and University of Mississippi professor, will be the featured speaker during breakfast, Friday, May 19. Meacham will address Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to the Delta 50 years ago. The event will be held at Our Grandma’s Pancake House at 8:30 a.m. The meal will be followed by a visit to the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church from 10:30-noon
The Hanover students will participate in a community-service project from 1-4 p.m. in downtown Clarksdale. Alumni and friends may join the effort or use the time to further explore Clarksdale.
That evening, the Hanover students and guests will attend a fish fry on the banks of the Mississippi River. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m.
The class will return to Memphis, Saturday, May 20, for its final day of activities. The students and guests will spend the afternoon visiting sites such as the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.