Celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our theme for 2021 is “Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution.” (Audio)

Join the Elon University community as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during the entire month of January. Based on one of the last sermons given by King on March 31, 1968, our theme asserts the three charges given to us in this speech.

1. Developing a World Perspective: We must understand that our liberation is interconnected globally. “We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

2. The Time to be Antiracist is Now:  We do our best to choose to be anti-racist in every situation. “The hour has come for everybody, for all institutions of the public sector and the private sector to work to get rid of racism. And now if we are to do it we must honestly admit certain things and get rid of certain myths that have constantly been disseminated all over our nation.”

3. Eliminating Poverty: We must understand the intricacies of poverty and work to eliminate the systems that maintain them locally and globally. “We are challenged to rid our nation and the world of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world.”

Each event provides opportunities to “make the invisible visible” and advance the intersectional understanding of racism, classism, environmental destruction, and other injustices.

If you have any questions, please contact CREDE Assistant Director John Robinson-Miller IV at jrobinsonmiller@elon.edu or (336)-278-7243.

MLK, Jr. Commemoration Events

United Way of Alamance County's January Food Drive | Until January 15 | 12P

Host(s): Kernodle Center for Civic Life

Location:  Kernodle Center in Moseley 230

Subtheme(s): Eliminating Poverty

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

Description: The Kernodle Center is supporting the United Way of Alamance County’s January Food Drive.  Many local pantries are running low on food.  Collect shelf-stable food items then drop off your items outside the Kernodle Center in Moseley 230 between now and next Friday, January 15th by Noon.  We will pass them off to the United Way from there, who will distribute to food pantries throughout the county.

 

Criminal Justice System: Let's Talk About It | January 16 | 2-3:30 PM

Host(s): Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and CREDE

Location: via Zoom Meeting ID: 243 360 5174 Passcode: zphib2021

Subtheme(s): The Time to be Antiracist is Now; Eliminating Poverty

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

Description: The criminal justice system is rooted in racism and discrimination and over the summer of 2020 a phrase arose that became popular “defund the police”. During this event, we are going to talk about what this phrase entails and how it came about.

MLK Service - Habitat for Humanity | January 20, 21, 22 | 8:30-11 AM

Host(s): Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Elon Volunteers!, Habitat for Humanity

Location: Various build sites in Burlington, NC

Registration:  POSTPONED FOR A LATER DATE

Subtheme(s): Eliminating Poverty

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

Description: Join our service project with Habitat for Humanity as part of MLK month activities! Volunteers will contribute with hands-on work serving alongside the Habitat homeowners at this year’s Elon University-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house in Burlington. It is a chance to build a home and build community seeking to live out Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Shifts are 8-11:30am but with provided transportation (via Moseley vans) please plan for 7:30am-12pm.

WInterfaith Day 1: Interfaith Panel on the Life and Legacy of MLK | January 19 | 12:15-1:15 PM

Missed the panel? View the recording here. 

Host(s): Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Elon Community Church, CREDE, Advisory Board for Black Student Spiritual Support

Location: via Zoom

Registration: For the event | For lunch orders

Subtheme(s): Developing a World Perspective; The Time to be Antiracist is Now

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

Description: Traditionally, each week of J-term we would host a speaker from a different religious, spiritual, and/or philosophical tradition to give a short explanation of their worldview and gather for a meal.  This year, we are moving the program to a virtual 3-day symposium the week of MLK day. The speakers would be over lunch (12:15-1:15pm) on Tuesday (1/19), Wednesday (1/20), and Thursday (1/21) and on zoom. Tuesday features an interfaith Panel on the Life and Legacy of MLK, Wednesday features a Hindu speaker, and Thursday a Native Saponi speaker will join us.

MLK Lecture: Deena Hayes-Greene | January 19 | 7:30 PM

Host(s): Cultural Programs

Location: www.elon.edu/live

Subtheme(s): Developing a World Perspective; The Time to be Antiracist is Now

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

Description: Deena A. Hayes-Greene is a racial equity consultant, trainer, and community/institutional organizer whose work focuses on the impacts of race and racism on individuals, systems, institutions, and organizations. Her work examines the impact of the broader environmental and social determinants of well-being and opportunity and the power analysis that guides institutions and organizations to dismantle racism. Hayes-Greene is the co-founder and managing director of the Racial Equity Institute LLC, a minority-owned business based in Greensboro, North Carolina, focused on racial equity training and consulting throughout the United States. As a community leader, she has served on the Guilford County Board of Education since 2002 and as its chair since 2018. Her advocacy has challenged the school district to investigate the structural causes of the disparate outcomes of African American and other students of color as chair of the Achievement Gap Committee, the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory (HUB) Committee and the School Safety/Gang Education Committee. As chair of the HUB Advisory Committee, she illuminated the disparities in school construction and goods and services data and initiated efforts to examine institutional practices and systemic barriers. Hayes-Greene is also the chair of the board of directors for the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and a judge for the Roddenbury Foundation. She is a member of the NC State DMC-RED Subcommittee (Disproportionate Minority Contact – Racial and Ethnic Disparities), Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association. She has also served on the Human Relations Committee for the City of Greensboro and the Guilford Gang Commission.

Manifesting MLK | January 20 | 6-8 PM

Host(s): Black Student Union

Location: Lakeside 212 and via Zoom

Subtheme(s): Developing a World Perspective

Target Audience: Undergrad Students

Description: During this event, a discussion about the meaning of MLK’s I have a dream speech will be had. We will talk about manifesting what want to do with their dreams and how their dreams will affect the Black community as a whole.

Documentary Screening- Cooked: Survival by Zipcode | January 26 | 7-8 PM

Host(s): Office of Sustainability; CREDE

Location: Turner Theater (Limited Capacity) & Virtual Option

Registration: Register here

Subtheme(s): Developing a World Perspective; Eliminating Poverty

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

Description: In COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave — in which 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week– deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness. Along the way, Helfand forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism, daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number and not a life-or-death sentence?

Environmental Justice in Alamance County | January 27 | 7-8 PM

Host(s): Office of Sustainability; CREDE

Location: Via Zoom

Registration: Register here

Subtheme(s): The Time to be Antiracist is Now; Eliminating Poverty

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

Description: Environmental justice, civil rights, public health, and the right to basic amenities are all interrelated and inseparable.  West End Revitalization Association (WERA), led and co-founded by Omega and Brenda Wilson, works to ensure these rights for the residents of five African American communities in Alamance and Orange counties that were settled by former slaves.  This talk with Omega Wilson will highlight past and current environmental justice issues in Alamance County and beyond.