MLK Day events are created to celebrate and reflect – The Morning Sun

Alma College will remember the legacy of Father Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of week-long events designed to celebrate and reflect the concepts of safety and social justice, including worship services, guest speakers, blood transfusions and more.

The week’s activities are highlighted by “Transforming the World: Creating Safety and Equity in a Polarized World,” keynote address by author and essayist Candice Marie Benbow. On Monday, January 17, classes are canceled for the day and Alma sports teams will not practice.

Diversity and Inclusion Director Donnesha Blake said: “The theme for this year’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is ‘Transform Yourself to Change the World,’ quoting late activist Grace Lee Boggs. “Throughout the fall, our program focuses on self-transformation, and during the winter semester, beginning with MLK Week, our goal is to provide an educational and programming experience that enables community Our community explores how they can transform the world.

“We recognize that fair, equal, diverse, inclusive and anti-racism work is transformative for everyone in our community, and to achieve these goals, we I must continue to engage in self-discipline, community building, action and accountability.”

Monday began with a multi-denominational worship service, inspired by the life, faith and legacy of King, led by the university’s Chaplain Alissa Davis. This service includes student musicians, readers, and speakers, as well as support and leadership from Alma College affiliated chaplains. The 45-minute service will begin at 10 a.m. at Dunning Memorial Chapel and be open to the public.

The day continued with a blood transfusion, organized by the American Red Cross, at the Stone Recreation Center. The drive, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to the campus community as well as the public to come and donate blood. Walking programs are accepted, but registration can also be made at

The Alma College faculty and staff lunch, with a special menu in honor of the King, will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Commons.

Benbow will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Oscar E. Remick Heritage Performing Arts Center, Presbyterian Hall. Benbow places her work at the intersections of beauty, baking, faith, feminism, and culture, giving voice to shared healing experiences and women’s journey to wholeness. Black skin. She is an author and essayist that has been published by numerous magazines and journals, and has the book “Red Lip Theology: Essays at the intersection of faith and black feminism.” , launching in 2022, through Convergent Books.

Benbow will talk about what it means to prioritize the safety of minor communities so they can thrive and prosper. The address will be delivered in person and virtual. Registration is required; virtual event registrants will be emailed the necessary link for access. Visit to apply.

“Candice Marie Benbow’s keynote will open the door to a series of conversations during MLK Week and the winter semester about how we can begin to make our world a just and safe place for all.” everyone. We know that our polarized climate is one of our biggest challenges, so we asked her to come up with practical strategies we can implement to create a safer world. that’s safe and fair,” said Blake.

On Tuesday, events continue with the “MLK Talk Back and Action Lab”, scheduled from 1:10 to 2:40 pm. At the event, a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni will provide reflections on Benbow’s keynote and work together to co-create actions to promote public safety. safety and justice in Alma. This event is free and open to everyone.

A film screening of King’s most influential speeches and facilitation discussions will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. The event is virtual and open to Alma College alumni and current students; Email Katie Crombe, director of alumni and family engagement, at for a Zoom link.

Wednesday you’ll get to see the Hilson Poetry Slam, running from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Clack Theatre, in the Clack Center for the Arts. Poets of all skill and experience levels will perform work that focuses on the King’s legacy, including activism, protest, oppression, liberation, revolution, and justice. There will be an open mic session for anyone who wants to perform; Memorization is not required. The Hilson Poetry Competition is dedicated to the late Calvin Hilson ’06, who started the tradition of holding a poetry contest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. at Alma University, and tragically passed away in 2016.

On Thursday, a panel discussion and panel discussion will look at implicit biases in the healthcare sector and how they tie into health-related outcomes, including assessment clinical, decision-making, and patient interactions. The event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dow Digital Science Center, LI, and is open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Ball, professor Charles A. Dana and chair of the division of integrative physiology and health sciences, at (989) 463-7127 or

Friday’s events include the MLK Silent March, scheduled from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. at the rotunda in Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Centre. Student leaders, along with members of the public, will gather with reflections, then walk together, in silence, to the Wright Leppien Theater in downtown Alma in memory of social justice activists and advocates for their labor and the legacies they leave behind. .

The 2022 Reunification Celebration, scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wright Leppien Opera House, is the epilogue to the week’s events. There, participants will celebrate the past week’s accomplishments, while enjoying live entertainment, dinner, and community. The winners of the Excellence Inclusion Award will also be announced.

For more information, including how to nominate someone for an award, visit Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 14.

This event is open to all students and staff of Alma College. Registration is required; visit to register.

Academic departments, offices and other student organizations at Alma College are expected to host additional events and honors throughout the week. Students are encouraged to access the calendar of events at for more information. MLK Day events are created to celebrate and reflect – The Morning Sun

Charles Jones

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