Bree Newsome delivered the keynote address at Wesleyan’s MLK celebration.
On Jan. 31, the Wesleyan community celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a commemoration and program. This year, artist, writer, producer, and activist Bree Newsome delivered the event’s keynote address.
Newsome drew national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and removed a confederate battle flag. She was arrested for her actions. The flag was originally raised in 1961 as a racist statement of opposition to the Civil Rights movement and lunch counter sit-ins occurring at the time. Newsome’s act of defiance against the culture of white supremacy has been memorialized in photographs, artwork, and film, and has become a symbol of resistance and the empowerment of women.
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On the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Wesleyan is celebrating his legacy with several commemorative events focused on the theme “Black Agency: Finding Freedom.”
“Dr. King, of course, spoke on our campus on several occasions and had a profound impact on efforts here to promote equity and inclusion,” wrote Demetrius J. Colvin, director of the Wesleyan Resource Center, in an all-campus email. “I encourage you to take advantage of the powerful programs developed for Black History Month. Students have put a lot of work into these programs, providing us all with the opportunity to engage with core aspects of our history and Dr. King’s living legacy to us all.”
On Feb. 15, Joi Lewis, the CEO and founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching and Consulting and the Orange Method, will deliver the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration speech on “From Hollering to Healing: Black to the Future.”
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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).
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.
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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.
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
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