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Olivia DrakeFebruary 8, 202211min
Andratesha Fitzgerald exhorted the Wesleyan University community to use “power” as a way to lift each other up and honor one another. Fitzgerald, an activist, educational scholar, and international speaker, shared her personal experiences during Wesleyan's 15th annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 4. Wesleyan's 2022 celebration of MLK Day served as the concluding event of the second annual Equity and Inclusion Summit. During her talk, titled "Power and Empowerment: Honoring by Decision and Design," Fitzgerald explored the notions of power and empowerment that are made evident in our decisions, our designs, and our outcomes under the umbrella of…

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Olivia DrakeFebruary 3, 20201min
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…

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Olivia DrakeFebruary 5, 20181min
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…

Olivia DrakeFebruary 2, 20171min
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).

Olivia DrakeJanuary 5, 20172min
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,…

Lauren RubensteinJanuary 19, 20162min
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,…