MLK Jr. Week of Service 2016
From January 23 to January 29, 2016, Lewis & Clark College dedicated an entire week to commemorating the movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We offered featured programs, events, and opportunities for service.
2016 THEME: “Changing a Culture”
In 2016, Lewis & Clark College named MLK Week “Changing A Culture.” At this present moment in our nation, we are witnessing history as everyone—from college students, to celebrities, to political pundits—calls for a sincere and critical examination of the continued presence of racism in US society. The sheer frequency with which issues of institutional racism are discussed on social media to mass media is indicative of a turn in culture. We seek to encourage this national conversation by grounding it in the Lewis & Clark College community. We recognize that a cultural change in how we handle racial difference is one of the many things that Martin Luther King Jr. called for. The events of this year’s MLK Week is inspired by his words:
“I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!”
Lewis & Clark is Alabama. Portland, Oregon is Alabama. The United States is Alabama.
We celebrate the legacy and continued relevance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words as we call for a change of culture. We seek to change the culture of Lewis & Clark by engaging with this year’s events in a personal manner. We are instituting a Buddy System for MLK Week. At our opening event, we will ask that people sit next to someone they do not know and exchange phone numbers, this person will be your MLK Week Buddy. You two are expected to attend as many events together as possible. After each event you are expected to have a conversation where you share thoughts, feelings, and questions that you have after the event.
MLK Week schedule is as follows:
MLK Day of Service honors Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders through volunteer service and learning. Indoor and outdoor projects are available with community partners such as the Oregon Food Bank, OMSI and the Red Cross. Click here to register.
Visions of Change 7-9pm in Stamm. This event is the space in which you can express your vision of change through multiple forms of art: collages, paintings, poems, drawings, videos, etc. We welcome every member of the Lewis & Clark community.
Race Dialogues 7-9 pm in Stamm. Race Dialogues was created by Lewis & Clark undergraduates and remains solely coordinated by undergraduate students. The purpose of Race Dialogues is to have a space for all members of the Lewis & Clark community so they may engage in a critical dialogue about racism. Race Dialogues uses a very strict guidelines. If you would like to familiarize yourself with them, click here.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Today’s Student Activism in Council Chambers 3:30-5pm
This panel consists of faculty from the Lewis & Clark community. Each member on the panel will offer their scholarly perspective on the Modernist Negro Activist, a speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. about his feelings and thoughts on the activist efforts of young Black college students during the 1960s. Please come listen to how the panelists discuss how this relates to our current political and social moment.
Stories of Intersectionality in Stamm 7pm. Members of the Lewis & Clark community share their stories, thoughts, and reflections on relationship that their various identities have with their race.
Poetry Aloud in Council Chambers 7pm. Our final event features members of the Lewis & Clark community reciting poems—either original or by known poets—that connect to the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Week Co-chairs: Mark Duntley, Director of Spiritual Life and Danni Green, Student Life Intern for the Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement. MLK Week Planning Committee Members: Jasmine Reid law student, Kundai Chirindo Professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies, Harold McNaron Director of Student Leadership and Services, Kevin Wright Graduate Assistant for Student Activities, and Corinne Fletcher law student.