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MLK Day events canceled and live-streamed due to weather

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Poet Nikki Giovanni delivering live-streamed MLK day remarks.

Due to weather concerns, several events scheduled for MLK Day had to be canceled or revised.

In the aftermath of severe weather conditions that swept through the Nashville area Sunday night, the Martin Luther King Gymnastics Invitational was canceled.

President of Fisk University, Dr. Agenia Clark, said: “I share the deep disappointment of the gymnasts who trained so diligently, the organizers who poured their hearts into planning, and the spectators who eagerly awaited this event. But as much as we cherish the vision of this meet, as much as we yearn to see their hard work come to fruition, the safety and well-being of everyone involved must always be our unwavering priority.”

Ticket holder refunds will be processed and reflected in their original method of payment within 7-10 business days.

“While we cannot celebrate on the mat today, the inspiring dialogue from our panel discussion offers a powerful reminder of Dr. King’s legacy and the strength of the gymnastics community,” said event organizers.

The 38th Anniversary MLK Day March was canceled, and the convocation had to be moved to a virtual setting. The MLK Day March and Convocation has been organized by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship since 1989 and the event was live-streamed on their MLK Day Nashville Facebook Page.

The theme for this year was ‘Why We Can’t Wait: Activating Our Power for Equity in Justice.’

The2024 events centered around the six principles of non-violence and Dr. Martin Luther King’s book Why We Can’t Wait, a classic exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement.

The keynote speaker for the event was renowned poet, author, and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni.

Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

“We’re here to talk about Martin Luther King, and we can’t talk about Martin Luther King without talking about Rosa Parks,” Giovanni said. 

“Everyone wants to say that she was just tired. She was tired of segregation. She was tired of putting her dime in the same bus and having to get up. 

“It was time in Mrs. Parks’ mind to stop. The community tried to decide what we should do to protest and what they did was call the young minister from Atlanta. He came to Montgomery and that was the bus boycott.”

Giovanni also talked about the women of the movement saying that it was “their responsibility of holding the families and Civil Rights Movement together.”

“I am so proud of this holiday,” she said. “We fought for this holiday. Today we recognize a man, but that man could not have existed without the women who stood with him.”

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