Chapel to welcome speaker as part of MLK Jr. themed events

Beautiful Black exhibition. Hastings College has scheduled several activities on Wednesday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day.

On MLK Day itself, Monday, January 15, campus offices will be closed and classes are canceled for the day, although the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center gallery will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to allow people to view the “Beautiful Black” exhibition.

On Wednesday, Hastings College and the Black Student Union are hosting guest speaker Rev. Karla J. Cooper in French Memorial Chapel as part of the day’s chapel service, which begins at 1:30 p.m. and is open to the public

Cooper was ordained an Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as the proud pastor of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Photo of Rev. Karla Cooper

She has Dual Standing in the United Church of Christ and serves as chaplain, coordinator of service programs and an adjunct instructor at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. She currently serves as a consultant and faith organizer for Nebraska with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Project One America.

Also on Wednesday, students and employees are invited to Scott Studio Theater from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to paint a step stool with a message of racial justice. When complete, the painted stools will be placed outside of Hazelrigg Student Union as part of a Step Up for Racial Justice public art installation. If there is inclement weather, the painted stools will be put out at a later date.

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