As we all know, we had a break from classes yesterday in observance of MLK Day. This week there are lots of events and activities scheduled by the Diversity Awareness Committee to continue celebrating his legacy:
- MLK Candlelight Vigil and Dinner starting at 5:00 pm in Banquet Hall South.“Student Activism – Looking Back and Looking Forward” – Featured guest speaker, Charles H.F Davis founder of Activist Millennials and from Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He will speak about on his work, social movements, and the transformative work of young people on college campuses.
- Martin Luther King Jr: Alternative Narratives (Round table Discussion), Presidents’ Lounge, 4:30 pm. The familiar narrative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the American hero and Civil Rights leader, is an important part of the story of the America. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic visit to Saint Joseph’s University, this panel will challenge the present memory. Profs. Randall Miller, Katherine Sibley and Brian Yates, all from the department of History at SJU, will present alternative narratives of his life and philosophy, emphasizing his internationalism and his critiques of American domestic and foreign policies.
- This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer – Documentary and Discussion, 11:00 am, Banquet Hall North
- Diversity Awareness Training, North Lounge, 5:00 – 7:00 pm – To Signup to participate: http://www.sju.edu/int/resources/diversity/training-opportunities.html. Casual dinner to follow.
- King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis, documentary excerpts and discussion, Forum Theater, 5pm Snacks provided!
- Interfaith Opportunities on Saturday and Sunday at local Baptist Church, Synagogue, and Mosque. Anyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Events are open to all students and it is strongly encouraged that as many students as possible attend. Who knows, maybe those of you currently taking history or diversity intensive classes can get some extra credit! It’s never too early for extra credit. 🙂