Schedule of events
Sunday, Jan. 19: Sunday's Best Dress Day
Building the Blueprint - 2 p.m., campus beautification
Monday, Jan. 20: Heritage Day
MLK Legacy Concert - 6 p.m., Neal-Jones Auditorium; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 21: Twin Dress Day
MoCo Trivia Lunch - 11:30 a.m., Daniels Dining Hall
Bonfire/Pig Pickin' - 8 p.m., Campus athletic field
Wednesday, Jan. 22: Rep Your Organization Day
Spirit Lunch - 11:30 a.m., Daniels Dining Hall
Homecoming Comedy Explosion - 8 p.m., Neal-Jones Auditorium
Late Night Breakfast - 10 p.m., Daniels Dining Hall
Thursday, Jan. 23: Celebrity Day
Basketball Game - 6 and 8 p.m., Livingstone College
Friday, Jan. 24: Fresh Friday
Day Party in the Hornets' Nest - 2 p.m., Student Center
Alumni Basketball Game - 5 p.m., Gymnasium
MoCo Block Party/Greek Stroll Off - 6:30 p.m., Gymnasium parking lot
Saturday, Jan. 25: Morris College Paraphernalia Day and Parent's Day 2020
President's Brunch/Welcome Program - 10 a.m., Dining Hall
Hornet Tailgate - 11 a.m., Campus athletic field
Homecoming Lunch - Noon, Daniels Dining Hall
Homecoming Games - 2 and 4 p.m., Fisk University
Homecoming Step Show - 8:30 p.m., Gymnasium; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
With a new decade comes a new celebration to honor a historical great.
Morris College is set to host the city's first MLK Legacy Concert at 6 p.m. on Monday at the college's Neal-Jones Auditorium, marking the Sumter community's celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. through art, music and fellowship.
Under the theme "When Love Drives Out Hate," the liberal arts HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) established in 1908 will offer a "new vision to improve race relations" in Sumter.
Leroy Staggers, president of Morris College, said King's legacy is one of "unity and equality."
"In a society overwhelmed by hate and division, we understand that the antidote is love for all mankind. It is our hope that this event brings our community together and serves as a catalyst for meaningful change," he said.
The concert, according to Herbert Johnson, assistant professor of music at the college and its choir director, seeks to "educate, commemorate and celebrate while promoting unity in our community."
Event coordinators English instructor Priscilla Patten and history instructor Darnell Holland said the concert will showcase the "immense talents" of the college's students, members of the community and special guests.
Gospel recording artists Rance Allen and local performers, including the Morris College Gospel Choirs, the Allen University Concert Choir, the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church Choir and the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Choir will perform on Monday.
The concert is free and open to the public and kicks off homecoming week for Morris, which will commence with "The Blueprint" as a theme and culminate with a homecoming game against Fisk University on Saturday, Jan. 25.
"The Blueprint" is an experience that embodies the "legacy of Morris College and all of Hornet Nation," modeled after the college's core principles of God, man and knowledge.
Starting with a chapel service on Sunday and followed by the concert on Monday, the theme will also inform the Sumter community of the college's history.
Student Government Association President Dinasia Nathan said The Blueprint will allow for current students and alumni alike to connect and build on the history and legacy that was established in 1908.
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