In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all afternoon classes were cancelled so that students could participate in activities to honor his life and legacy.
Students were invited to attend a traditional memorial march, "Prayers for Peace, Economic and Social Justice," which began at the County-City building and concluded at the Century Center in South Bend. This march was led by clergy, government officials, among others. The program began at Noon at the Century Center.
Bethel also held a viewing of "The Promised Land," a portion of the Keep Your Eyes on the Prize documentary, focused on the final months of Dr. King's life and the immediate aftermath of his assassination. This period marked an intensification of the nonviolent struggle in two ares: the struggle against poverty and the efforts to end the Vietnam War. For King, these two issues became inseparable.