Celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our theme for 2022 is “Embodying the Four Basic Steps of a Non-Violent Campaign”.

Join the Elon University community as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during the month of January. As written in his 1963 Letter From Birmingham Jail, the four basic steps of a non-violent campaign help us understand Dr. King’s leadership and vision.

1. Collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive (Research): We must understand the contexts where we exist so we can be intentional about addressing injustice.

2. Negotiation (Democracy & Dialogue): We must develop our skills to advocate and understand each other while having difficult conversations.

3. Self-purification (or Self-reckoning): We must deepen our awareness of biases and prejudices in our communities.

4. Direct action (Service): We must be the change in the communities we wish to see.

Each event should aim to provide opportunities to “make the invisible visible” and advance the intersectional understanding of racism, classism, and other injustices.

If you have any questions, please CREDE Program Coordinator Simone Royal at sroyal2@elon.edu or (336)-278-7243.

MLK, Jr. Commemoration Events

United Way of Alamance County and the CityGate Dream Center Food and Diaper Drive | Until January 13

Host(s): Kernodle Center for Civic Life

Location: Kernodle Center in Moseley 230

Subtheme(s): Direct Service

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni; Public

Description: In partnership with the United Way of Alamance County and the CityGate Dream Center, the Kernodle Center is coordinating a food and diaper drive from Monday, January 3rd through Thursday, January 13th. Items can be dropped off at the Kernodle Center for Civic Life in Moseley 232

 

The National Day of Racial Healing | January 18

Host(s): Inclusive Excellence Education and Development, CREDE

Location: Mckinnon, Alamance Fountain, Lakeside 212;213

Registration: Please register here for #howweheal dinner

Subtheme(s): Collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive(Research); Negotiation(Democracy & Dialogue); Self-purification(or Self-reckoning)

Target Audience: Undergrad Students; Graduate/Professional Students; Faculty & Staff; Alumni; Public

Description: The National Day of Racial Healing offers communities time and space for racial healing by gathering to take collective action for a more just and equitable world. The focus of the National Day of Racial Healing aligns with Elon’s vision for Inclusive Excellence. As a community, we embrace our shared responsibility to create a community that supports belonging and well-being, strives to dismantle oppression, and acts deliberately toward equitable outcomes. Engaging in racial healing and learning as a community enables us to move toward our Inclusive Excellence goals.

We invite the Elon community to participate in the National Day of Racial Healing in several ways:
 
1) Special Coffee Gathering  – Noon: In recognition of MLK Jr. Day and the National Day of Racial Healing, we invite the campus to a community gathering in Mckinnon to enjoy a performance by The Melanated Melodies, an acapella group that aims to bring hope and upliftment on a day of unity and healing.

2) Social Media Engagement: On your respective social media pages, respond to the prompt “Racial Healing is important to me because…” and include #HowWeHealatElon.

3) Walk for Racial Healing – 4:30pm: Gather by Alamance Fountain to walk for Racial Healing as a community to Lakeside meeting rooms. In case of inclement weather, we will meet at Lakeside 212 & 213 at 5:00pm.

4) #HowWeHealatElon Dinner- 5:00pm: This gathering will focus on strategies for Racial Healing within our Elon Community. The dinner will take place at Lakeside 212 & 213. Limited capacity. Please register here.

For more information about these events, please contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence Education and Development at 336-278-7265 or email Carla Fullwood (cfullwood@elon.edu) or Alonzo Cee (acee@elon.edu)

MLK Student Service: Habitat for Humanity | January 19 | 8-11:30 AM

Host(s): Kernolde Center for Civic Life

Location: Kernodle Center in Moseley 230

Register: https://elon.givepulse.com/event/267492

Subtheme(s): Direct Service

Target Audience: Undergrad Students;

Description: Join Elon Volunteers! for a hands-on build shift with Habitat for Humanity to support our campus-sponsored house from 8-11:30 am on Wednesday, January 19th. This opportunity is for students. Spots are limited!

MLK Faculty/Staff Service: Habitat for Humanity | January 21 | 8:30-11 AM

Host(s): Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Student Advisory Council

Location: Kernolde Center for Civic Life

Register: https://elon.givepulse.com/event/267495

Subtheme(s): Direct Service

Target Audience: Faculty & Staff

Description: In collaboration with the Staff Advisory Council, join Habitat for Humanity for a hands-on build shift to support our campus-sponsored house from 8-11:30 am on Friday, January 21st. This opportunity is for staff and faculty. Spots are limited!

Supporting Elon’s First-Generation Students as Faculty & Staff | January 21 | 12:15 PM

Host(s): Center for Access and Success; Center for the Advancment of Teaching and Learning

Location: Zoom

Registration: Please register here for the workshop

Subtheme(s): Self-purification (or Self-reckoning)

Target Audience: Faculty & Staff

Description: In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore key demographics and existing resources for first-generation students at Elon, learn from student testimonials about what enhances or undermines their experience, and brainstorm ways to better support them across all corners of the university. Co-sponsored by the Center for Access and Success and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).