Cleveland State’s “I Have a Dream” MLK Weekend

Cleveland State’s “I Have a Dream” MLK Weekend

Napierra Alexander
Friday, January 7, 2022 12:00 AM
Community, All, Events

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Cleveland State Community College invites the public to join the third annual “I Have a Dream” Weekend in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The weekend of activities was created to honor Dr. King and his efforts of equality within our nation. We are encouraging the community to come together and give back to others in the spirit of Dr. King. 

“While we are proud to engage the community in this annual event it is our greatest hope that it will inspire a greater sense of understanding, peace and racial justice throughout the year,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President. “I could not be happier that the "City with Spirit" has embraced this opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and extend his dream to this community.”

On Sunday January 16, donations will be collected at Broad Street United Methodist Church at 4 PM. Gloves, hats, and canned goods will be collected there to give to the Caring Place. On Monday January 17, all participants will meet at the Bradley County Courthouse at 9 AM to march downtown.  

The community is encouraged to join the Community Choir in singing songs in celebration on Sunday, January 16 at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. If you would like to participate, please join the choir rehearsal on Saturday January 15 at the church from 2 PM to 3:30 PM. All ages are welcomed. 

“Dr. King day is a day that we reflect and serve. It is a time when we look inside to see if we exemplify the best version of humanity toward each other,” stated Dr. Willie Thomas, Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion at CSCC. “We must always be reminded of Dr. King's message that only love can conquer hate and fear.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist who had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Through his activism and inspirational speeches, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. After his assassination, he was memorialized by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Dr. Willie Thomas at or (423) 473-2397.

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CSCC earned the Tennessee Board of Regent’s 2019 College of The Year. CSCC directly serves Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk Counties in Tennessee. The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 140,000 students.


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