GOSHEN — Among events to mark the 2012 Martin Luther King holiday, Goshen College will host a free community conversation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Umble Center on campus.

Vincent Harding, a pioneer of the civil rights movement, will participate in the discussion. Harding, 80, is an African-American historian and a scholar of religion and society who knew and worked with King. He is know for his writings about King and served as the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta.

The two days of events will focus on a theme of “Hope, History and Change.”

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15, there will be a candlelight vigil and march for freedom and justice starting at the Umble Center.

At 9 a.m. Jan. 16, there will be recitations of King’s speeches, poetry reading and story telling at the Spoken Word Coffeehouse in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall. At 10 a.m., there will be a convocation in the Church-Chapel with Harding as the featured guest speaker.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16, the Martin Luther King Day luncheon will take place in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall. The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $18 per person or $144 for a table seating eight. For reservations, call 574-535-7566 or e-mail: welcomecenter@goshen.edu.