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Wesleyan Celebrates Black History Month

This February, in honor of Black History Month, Wesleyan is hosting a series of events including a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; discussions on current black issues and diaspora blackness around the world; a Black History Month formal celebration; a unconventional poetry performance; a black radical protest with a former Black Panther activist; a student of color art show and live performances; and much more.

Ujamma, Wesleyan’s black student union, is coordinating all events. (Click graphic below to enlarge).

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Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 3

Theodore Shaw ’76

Theodore Shaw ’76, Hon. ’14

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration planning committee invites all members of the Wesleyan community to take part in a MLK Commemoration from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 3 in Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow in Zelnick Pavilion.

Theodore Shaw ‘76, Hon. ’14 will deliver the keynote address titled “Freedom is a Constant Struggle.” Shaw is the Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. Professor Shaw was the fifth Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., for which he worked in various capacities over the span of 26 years.

He received a BA with Honors from Wesleyan in 1976 and was awarded an honorary degree from Wesleyan in 2014. He earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1979, where he was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow.

Listen to an interview with Shaw in this Careers by Design podcast.

 

Environmental Justice Topic of MLK Commemoration

On Jan. 29, the campus community attended the annual commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in Memorial Chapel. Dorceta E. Taylor, a leading voice in the environmental justice movement, delivered the keynote address, titled “Different Shades of Green or Beyond the Farm."

On Jan. 29, the campus community attended the annual commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in Memorial Chapel. Dorceta E. Taylor, a leading voice in the environmental justice movement, delivered the keynote address, titled “Different Shades of Green or Beyond the Farm.”

MLK Commemoration on Environmental Justice to be Held Jan. 29

Click to view event's poster.

Click to view event’s poster.

All members of the Wesleyan community are invited to attend the annual commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Dorceta E. Taylor, a leading voice in the environmental justice movement, will deliver the keynote address, titled “Different Shades of Green or Beyond the Farm” at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Memorial Chapel. A desert reception will follow.

Taylor is professor, James E. Crowfood Collegiate Chair, and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Michigan. She is past chair of the environment and technology section of the American Sociological Association.

In addition to the Wesleyan community, Middletown High School students and members of the Middletown community will be in attendance.

The keynote is a ticketed event; tickets are free and available in limited quantities at the University Box Office beginning Jan. 19. Community tickets are available here.

Prior to the keynote, student leaders from the Green Fund, Students of Color community and Eco Facilitators will be holding multiple workshops designed to bring the Green and SOC communities together in sustained dialogue over matters of environmental and social justice, and how change starts here in our surrounding Middletown community. A student-led screening and discussion of the documentary Trouble the Water will be held 7:30–9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in PAC 001.

 

Panelists Speak at Martin Luther King Commemoration

“We shall overcome: How far have we come?” was the theme of Wesleyan's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration held Jan. 30 in Memorial Chapel. Panelists offered various perspectives about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left.

“We shall overcome: How far have we come?” was the theme of Wesleyan’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration held Jan. 30 in Memorial Chapel. Panelists offered various perspectives about the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left.

“We Shall Overcome” Theme of Martin Luther King Celebration Jan. 30

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at a College of Social Studies luncheon in 1964 and addressed a student rally later that day. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at a College of Social Studies luncheon in 1964 and addressed a student rally later that day. He also delivered the Class of 1964 baccalaureate sermon and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Wesleyan.

“We shall overcome: How far have we come?” was the theme of Wesleyan’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

All members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community are invited to a panel presentation and discussion to explore various perspectives about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City to commemorate the life, civil rights and social justice legacy that Dr. King has left.

The commemoration will be held in Memorial Chapel at 3:15 p.m., Jan. 30. This is a ticketed, free event. Tickets to the event can be secured at the University Box Office on Jan. 20.

The event will include music

Celebrate MLK Day Jan. 27-29 with Keynote, Community Discussions

Tim Wise

Tim Wise will deliver they keynote address at Wesleyan’s Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 31.

Anti-racist activist Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address at Wesleyan’s Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 31. His talk begins at 3:15 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. A reception and book signing will follow in the Zelnick Pavilion.

Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, The Culture of Cruelty:How America’s Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future. He’s appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC’s 20/20. Read more about Wise here.

Tickets are free and available at the University Box Office in Usdan University Center.

Between 1962 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wesleyan four times. In 1964, he received an honorary degree and delivered the baccalaureate sermon during commencement. Also in honor of MLK celebrations, the Wesleyan community is invited to participate in a community discussion of “Access, Equity and Inclusion: How Are You Living the Dream?” Jan. 27-29. Events include talks on Martin Luther King Jr. at Wesleyan, the Civil Rights Movement at Wesleyan, Race and Religion, Exploring Students of Color Leadership Narratives, a screening of the film Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequality, a creative identity workshop,  a Civil Rights Landmarks display and more. See the full schedule online here.

The Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Department of African American Studies, the Anthropology Department, the Office of Diversity and Institutional Partnerships, the English Department, the Government Department, Human Resources, the Office of Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Division of Student Affairs and the Wesleyan Student Assembly.

Between 1962 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wesleyan four times. In 1964, he received an honorary degree and delivered the baccalaureate sermon during commencement.

Between 1962 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wesleyan four times. In 1964, he received an honorary degree and delivered the baccalaureate sermon during commencement.

Filmmaker Shakti Butler Speaks on Racial Inequity at MLK Celebration

Filmmaker, lecturer and social justice activist Shakti Butler delivered they keynote address at Wesleyan's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Feb. 1. “Diversity University: From Theory to Practice,” was the theme of this year’s daylong commemoration. (Photo by Gabe Rosenberg '16)

Filmmaker, lecturer and social justice activist Shakti Butler delivered the keynote address at Wesleyan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Feb. 1. “Diversity University: From Theory to Practice,” was the theme of this year’s daylong commemoration. Butler is the founder of World Trust Services, a nonprofit organization that produces programs and seminars to create new understandings. (Photo by Gabe Rosenberg ’16)

Butler is a multiracial African-American woman with African, Arawak Indian and Russian-Jewish heritage.  She is the producer and director of four groundbreaking documentaries, including "Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity," which uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity. Butler showed "Cracking the Codes" during her visit at Wesleyan.

Butler is a multiracial African-American woman with African, Arawak Indian and Russian-Jewish heritage. She is the producer and director of four groundbreaking documentaries, including “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity,” which uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity. Butler showed “Cracking the Codes” during her visit at Wesleyan.

During a workshop led by Shakti Butler, Evan Weber '13 and Ibironke Otusile '15 spoke to each other about ways history and culture help identify who they are as individuals.

During a workshop led by Shakti Butler, Evan Weber ’13 and Ibironke Otusile ’15 spoke to each other about ways history and culture help identify who they are as individuals.

"You're born into a system that you didn't create. To you, you're living in a world that's normal," Butler said. "We need to understand that oppression is a system and it's our role to create a system in which everyone can survive."

“You’re born into a system that you didn’t create. To you, you’re living in a world that’s normal,” Butler said. “We need to understand that oppression is a system and it’s our role to create a system in which everyone can survive.” (Photos by Olivia Drake)

For more than a decade Wesleyan has celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration has taken various forms including prominent keynote speakers such as Johnetta Cole and Sonia Sanchez to a campus-based program where members of the faculty, staff and students read portions of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Learn more about Shakti Butler and Wesleyan’s annual celebration online here.

Filmmaker, Educator to Deliver Keynote at MLK Day Celebration Feb. 1

Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler

Dynamic filmmaker and educator Shakti Butler will be the keynote speaker at Wesleyan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Friday, Feb. 1. “Diversity University: From Theory to Practice,” is the theme of this year’s daylong commemoration.

Butler, a prominent speaker on racial equity, is the producer of documentaries including The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, and Light in the Shadows. She is frequently hired by companies seeking a catalyst for change and uses audience participation and often, clips from her films, in her public appearances.

A multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian and Russian-Jewish), Butler has worked as a bridge-builder and educator for more than 20 years.

Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. She holds an M.A. in guidance and counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York.

Her address, at 3:15 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, caps a day of workshops on racial identity and privilege and screenings of two of Butler’s films, including her newest, “Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequality.” Learn more about these events and Wesleyan’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on this website.

Education Reform Advocate Canada Speaks at MLK Celebration



Geoffrey Canada spoke on “Education Reform and Youth Empowerment” during the Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 21 in Memorial Chapel. Canada is president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., where he has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and as a passionate advocate for education reform.