MLK Events at Xavier

January 9, 2009


January 19     9:30 am – 1:00 pm      Annual Cincinnati March and Rally: (Buses load at Bellarmine Circle to downtown Cincinnati at 9:30) Annual Cincinnati MLK March and Rally in downtown Cincinnati.
January 20     12:00 – 2:00 pm          Presidential Inauguration Viewing: Gallagher Student Center Atrium and Theater, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Peace & Justice, Kelley Auditorium, McDonald Library
3:00 pm                       Impact of Civil Rights legislation: Do civil rights still exist? In Office of Multicultural Affairs in Gallagher Student Center
January 21     11:30 – 3:30 pm          Breaking the Silence: Wall of Oppression: Gallagher Student Center, Clocktower Lounge: Express yourself as we build a wall to address and diffuse the power of hateful expressions based differences, which have been the basis for various forms of physical, mental and verbal abuse throughout history.
1:00 pm                       “Long Walk to Freedom”: Women’s Center, 1415 Dana: Witness the story of 12 ordinary people who came together to accomplish extraordinary deeds that changed the face of the nation in this 30-minute documentary.
3:30 pm                       Kenya Coffee Hour: Gallagher Student Center, Faces of the World Lounge: Reflect on the symbolic step that Barack Obama—a man of Kenyan heritage—and
other African leaders have taken to live out the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.          
4:00 pm                       Breaking the Silence: Discussing the Wall: Gallagher Student Center, Clocktower Lounge: Dialogue about racism, hatefulness and bigotry as we examine panels from the Wall of Expression to promote a hate-free community with an appreciation for diversity. Tony Birckhead, EdD and Director of the McGrath Health and Counseling Center, will help facilitate this dialogue.
                        5:00 pm                       Breaking the Silence: Destroying the Wall: Gallagher Student Center
Help us tear down the Wall of Expression, symbolically breaking the silence about hatred within our community.    
January 22     2:00 pm                       Freedom’s Sisters: Women’s Center, 1415 Dana: Join this discussion with Xavier Alumna Rhonda Gillian Smith about her exhibit “Freedom Sisters,” which examines the lives and contributions of 20 African-American women in the Civil Rights Movement.
                        4:00 pm                       Keynote Speaker: Damon Jones (see above)
                        6:00 pm                       Community Vigil: Bellarmine Circle: Join us for a candle lighting ceremony and reflections as the Xavier community welcomes residents of surrounding areas to campus as a symbol of our common journey toward peace and justice.
7:00 pm                       Gospel Celebration: Bellarmine Circle: Immediately following the Community Vigil, celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through song and reflections by various choirs and community members.
9:00 pm                       Slam Poetry Jam: Gallagher Student Center, Theater: Join slam poets Gina Loring and Shihan of HBO Def Poetry Slam and BET Lyric Café.
Ongoing Exhibits and Contests:
Essay Contest: How has America “accomplished” Rev. King’s vision? How will you continue living
Rev. King’s legacy today?
Bulletin Board Contest: Build one of several bulletin boards, created to highlight the life and legacy of Rev. King. Contact Residence Life to participate.
Civil Rights Leaders display: View a special pictorial exhibit of some of history’s most influential civil rights leaders in Gallagher Student Center.
Looping Video/Audio: Listen and view speeches of Rev. King in the Gallagher Student Center and in the residence halls.
Women’s Rights and Civil Rights: Visit the Women’s Center to view a display of women who made significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
These events are sponsored by: African Student Association, Black Greek Council, Black Student Association, Campus Ministry, Community Building Institute, Gallagher Student Center, Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership, Gospel Choir, Health and Counseling Center, Interfaith Community Engagement, International Students’ Society, Ladies with Emphasis on Achievement and
Distinction, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Peace and Justice Programs, Peer Leadership Team,
Psychological Services, Residence Life, Social Work Department, Student Activities Council,
Student Government Association, Student Involvement, Student Life and Leadership, Theatre
Arts, Theology Department, Office of Vice Provost for Diversity, and the Women’s Center.