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MLK Day at Juniata College: Home
MLK Day of Service
'A Day On, Not a Day Off'
Juniata College's Community Service Office provides students with an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service.
"The struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s is among the most far-reaching social movements in the nation's history, and it represents a crucial step in the evolution of American democracy. The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale."
Virtual exhibition. This page bout Martin Luther King, Jr. is part of a larger exhibit on Activism in the United States. DPLA explains: "The United States has a long history of activists seeking social, political, economic, and other changes to America—along with a history of other activists trying to prevent such changes. American activism covered a wide range of causes and utilized many different forms of activism."
"On May 12, 2009, the U. S. Congress authorized a national initiative by passing The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The law directed the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a national survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement to obtain justice, freedom and equality for African Americans and to record and make widely accessible new interviews with people who participated in the struggle."
"The papers of Rosa Parks (1913-2005) span the years 1866-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955 to 2000. The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 items in the Manuscript Division, as well as 2,500 photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division, documents many aspects of Parks's private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans."
"The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans."
Keith Boykin "This Is Your Future, What Will You Do With It?”
Boykin is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, and has appeared on multiple national television programs. In his presentation, he will address topics of intersectionality and privilege. Boykin believes that by recognizing the intersection of identity markers and noting where privilege is held, individuals can then use their privilege to serve others.
Steve Perry “This Is Your Future, What Will You do With It?"
Perry has gained a national reputation as a change agent in approaching education. Perry will detail his life journey, which began as the child of a 16-year-old single mother. His mission includes high-quality education with college-bound opportunities for children in poverty. His theory of education centers on the idea that to best educate a child, teachers and administrators must treat the children and their parents as family.
Loretta Ross “Building a Human Rights Movement for the 21st Century is Dr. King's Dream Realized"
Ross is co-founder and was the national coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a nationwide network of women of color and allied organizations within the reproductive justice movement. will talk about Martin Luther King's last Sunday sermon, delivered March 31, 1968 -- which was only four days before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. Ross will discuss how King laid out a plan for a human rights revolution in that final sermon and how today's activists can use the same human rights framework to work for social justice in a way that includes everyone.
Lois Moses "Celebrating the Dream…The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Moses has toured throughout the United States with this presentation as well as such productions as "No More Blues/Black Woman," "No Child Should be…Left Behind" and her most recent work, "Beyond Sound and Fury: Sacrifice and the True Poetic Voice." The Convocation presentation "Celebrating the Dream" explores the legacy of Martin Luther King and the struggle for civil rights, through spoken-word performance and music. Her programs focus on the voices of African-American women speaking for themselves in an effort to heal from a challenging past.
Erika Huggins "The Intersection of Love and Power: Women in the Human Rights Movement,"
Ericka Huggins will use her experience serving as a leader of the Black Panther Party in New Haven, Conn., and in California, as well as her experience serving time in jail as a political prisoner as she awaited a trial on conspiracy charges, as a mirror to show how love for oppressed women, men and children inspired activism from women in revolutionary movements.
Trained originally as a musician, Brown formed her dance company in 2007 after a long career as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed with many dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Rennie Harris/Pure Movement, and has choreographed dances for Ailey companies, Philadanco, Urban Bush Women, August Wilson Dance Ensemble and Mallet Memphis. In her talk, Brown will relate how Martin Luther King's life and lessons have influenced her experiences with racism, sexism and body image. Her talk to the Juniata community is particularly resonant because she spent two weeks at the college in fall 2012 preparing a new work, "Mr. TOL E. RAncE," that uses the stereotyped roles black performers had to play as fuel for a new piece combining dance, comedy and live music.
In her Monday concert, Uzuri will discuss and perform pieces from her upcoming album, "The Gypsy Diaries." Featuring vocals, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, sitar and daf, Uzuri's music is both spiritual and meditative. Uzuri's work goes beyond music and concerts. She also has made a mark in experimental theatre, performance art and museum sound installations. Uzuri's debut album, "Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera" has been heralded as "one of the best of the decade" by BoldAsLove.us.
Rafael Agustin, Miles Gregley, and Allan Axiba "N*W*C."
Rafael Agustin, a Latino actor, performs with Miles Gregley, an African-American actor, and Allan Axibal, a Filipino actor. The three conceived and wrote the show and started performing it in 2005. Daisuke Tsuji, also performs the show in recent years. It uses three derogatory ethnic slurs in its title and does not skirt the issue of race and the taboos of using hurtful racial slurs in a public or artistic setting. Called "N*W*C" in a shorthand version of the title, the play examines themes and issues connected to racism such as ethnic identity, racial slander, stereotyping, immigration and representation in media and popular culture.
Loewen, who worked as a professor of history and race relations at the University of Vermont and now writes full-time from his home in Washington, D.C., created a best-selling book that revealed how much textbook historians left out of school history books. "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Texts Got Wrong," was written in 1995 and received the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for "distinguished anti-racist scholarship."
Sabrina Sojourner "The Role of Faith Groups in Civil Rights Issues."
Sabrina Sojourner, who is openly gay, has built a second career as a writer and lecturer. She has often given public lectures on multiculturalism and how race and sexuality can intersect. She also has an active career as an organizational and management consultant for diversity, community-building, and leadership. She has lectured and presented workshops at corporations and college campuses across the country.
Tim Wise, a diversity consultant and author, whose books include "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son" and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White," has spoken at more than 400 college campuses across the nation. He also maintains an active consultancy providing anti-racism training to teachers, physicians and medical professionals, as well as to government, military and law enforcement officials.
"This year we will have campus community service projects going on all day in which students, faculty and staff can participate and we will ask convocation goers to work cooperatively through music to create a unique and beautiful percussive masterpiece" says Rosalie Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion at Juniata.
Participants in the drum circle will receive one of 300 drums shipped to Juniata for the event. Created by the group Village Music Circles, these events are designed to bring together large groups of people from all walks of life to experience the unity and community created by active and rhythmic group dynamics.
Paul Loeb "The Soul of a Citizen: Dr. King's Legacy in a Difficult Time."
Loeb has been a writer and civic activist for more than 30 years, writing primarily about citizen responsibility and empowerment. He is an associated scholar at the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, Wash. Loeb will speak about how ordinary citizens -- students in particular -- can make their voices heard. He will describe how to get involved in community issues and how that involvement can give people a sense of connection and purpose.
Community Choir Directed by Anthony Leach "I Still Believe."
The music selections will be taken from gospel and spiritual arrangements typical of the music styles prevalent during Dr. King's life. Although Leach has not chosen specific songs in advance, repertoire that his ensembles have performed include "Freedom Come," "Old Time Religion," "St. Louis Blues," "Glory, Glory Hallelujah!" and many other scared and secular works. Leach is director of The University Choir and the choral group Essence of Joy, an ensemble of Penn State students who specialize in gospel and African-American music. .