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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium | The (Mis)Education of Us
10:00am, Hill Auditorium
The University of Michigan will host the 34th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday, January 20, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m. at Hill Auditorium. This year’s theme, “The (Mis)Education of US,” will feature keynote speaker Angela Davis, educator, political activist, and author. Dr. Davis is known for her work surrounding social, economic, racial, and gender justice. Since 1986, the University of Michigan has hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, one of the largest celebrations by colleges and universities in the nation. The theme is composed by faculty, staff and students across campus based on its relevance to current social justice issues and the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme, “The (Mis)Education of US,” acknowledges that although we live in a diverse society, we have not been adequately educated on who we are and how we can best learn, live and prosper together. The Keynote lecture is coordinated by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and co-sponsored by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund, and Michigan Athletics. The U-M MLK symposium is open to the University community and the general public. For those who are unable to attend in person, they are encouraged to watch the event online or as part of a group watch party by visiting mlksymposium.umich.edu
Y(our) Story: Costs of Activism
1:00pm, Angell Hall
This year's MLK Symposium theme, “Costs of Activism”, reflects the challenges of activism, broadly defined. Standing up against racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of bias, as well as taking action to support the voices of others, can entail both positive and negative challenges. Reflecting on these stories can be empowering and help build community. We invite members of the University community to share their brief (2-4 minute) stories through written or spoken word, performance pieces, poems, art, music, or song. We encourage you to connect your story to the theme of “Costs of Activism.” This is an opportunity to tell your story, among supportive listeners, because (y)our stories matter! This event will be held on MLK Day (Jan. 20th, 2020) from 1-2:30pm at the Newnan LSA Academic Advisor Center in 1255 Angell Hall.
Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy Continues
2:00pm, Michigan League
Cheryl Brown Henderson talks about her personal experience with segregated schools and the story of how Brown v. Board of Education came to be. The case was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in May of 1954 ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits states from denying equal protection of the laws to any person within their jurisdictions. The decision declared that separate educational facilities for white and African American students were inherently unequal. Brown Henderson is the daughter of the late Reverend Oliver L. Brown who in 1950, along with 12 other parents in Topeka, Kansas, and led by attorneys for the NAACP, filed suit on behalf of their children against the local Board of Education. Their case joined with cases from other states on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and became known as the landmark decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
Circle of Unity
2:00pm, Diag - Central Campus
Description: The Michigan Community Scholars Program will celebrate MLK and his legacy with the community at the 14th Annual Circle of Unity. This year the Sustainable Living Experience will be partnering to ensure that the event is environmentally-friendly & zero waste! Join hundreds of University and community participants for this annual event celebrating the life of Dr. King and his legacy of racial justice, nonviolence, and unity. All are welcome: students, staff, faculty, families, and children, as the audience is encouraged to participate as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. through song, dance, and spoken word. We will be joined by local musician favorites, Joe Reilly and Julie Beutel, in addition to performances by the Michigan Gospel Chorale, Smile Bringer Singers, and spoken word artists. Volunteer responsibilities: Hot cocoa will be served at the event, which is usually held outside in the diag, so dress warm! Volunteers will be posted at waste stations to assist with composting of hot beverage cups and make ensure that the event is as zero waste as possible. Any non-compostable waste should be diverted to standard trash bins. Compost receptacles (cardboard boxes and green compostable liners) and any signage should be set up prior to the event at 1:45pm and taken to a compost area (there is one behind the Grad library) after the event at 3:05pm. Simply attend and enjoy the event, or sign up for a volunteer shift at bit.ly/SLEsignups
MLK's Legacy for Social and Behavioral Science Research: Perspectives from New Scholars
2:30pm, Institute For Social Research
The Institute for Social Research, the Research Center for Group Dynamics, and the Program for Research on Black Americans present: MLK's Legacy for Social and Behavioral Science Research: Perspectives from New Scholars Jan 20 || 2:30 pm ISR 1430 Thompson Reception immediately following panel discussion SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Lloyd M. Talley, Ph.D. University of Michigan School of Social Work Taylor W. Hargrove, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill DeAnnah R. Byrd, Ph.D. Wayne State University MODERATED BY: David C. Wilson, Ph.D., University of Delaware If you require accommodations to attend this event or have any questions please contact Anna Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Kamidoi: My journey from Stockton, through the WWII Rohwer Internment Camp, to Michigan
10:00am, Haven Hall
Mary Kamidoi recalls her childhood in Stockton, California, her memories of internment camp life in the Rohwer (Arkansas) internment camp, and enduring anti-Japanese and anti-Asian discrimination upon her arrival in Michigan. Mary Kamidoi serves as Treasurer of Japanese American Citizens League-Detroit Chapter, as Treasurer of American Citizens for Justice, and is the trustee for the Japanese American Citizens League-Detroit Chapter's scholarship program. This event is free and open to the public and organized in association with AMCULT 301-001: "A/PIA in the Civil Rights Movement"