Martin Luther King Jr. Coffee – The American Dream

Monday, January 6
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 11:30 a.m.

Elon University’s Residential Dining and Campus Engagement in partnership with the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) will be sponsoring a special “The American Dream” community gathering. In the spirit of College Coffee, we invite the campus community to attend and commemorate the life and legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring civil rights leaders. This year’s gathering will include remarks and an activity lead by student leaders in the CREDE. Sponsored by The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education (CREDE) and Residential Campus Dining and Engagement

Martin Luther King Jr. Global Neighborhood Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro

Tuesday, January 7
Media Room 103, Global Commons 6:30 p.m.

I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Sponsored by The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education (CREDE), Global Neighborhood, Housing and Residence Life

“Circle of Hope” – Discussion about Inclusive Pedagogies

Thursday, January 9
Moseley 215, 11:30 a.m.

In his work, MLK, Jr. combined hope for a better future with a willingness to confront the unjust realities of the present and past. In this “Circle of Hope” discussion, faculty panelists will share how and why they focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in their courses, as a similar act of hope, despite challenges. Panelists from a variety of disciplines will share strategies they have used to create more inclusive and accessible courses, from decisions about course design and course framing to everyday pedagogical strategies.

Participants will discuss ways we might actively create more inclusive classrooms as an act of hope for a more equitable future for our students and ourselves and as a way to promote learning and growth – our own and our students’—about human diversity and interdependence. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project

Friday, January 10
Habitat for Humanity House – Burlington, NC, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Elon Volunteers! for a service project with Habitat for Humanity as part of MLK month activities!  Volunteers will contribute with hands on work at this year’s Elon University sponsored Habitat for Humanity house in Burlington.  The shift will last from 8am-11:30am on January 10th  and transportation will be provided.  Once you sign-up, the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement will be in touch with more logistical information. Sponsored by The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Click here to register for this opportunity!

EDIT-A-Thon for Social Justice

Sunday, January 12
Belk Library 113, 11 a.m.

Join friends in Belk Library for a Wikipedia Edit-a-ton! Enjoy pizza and snacks while you learn about editing Wikipedia and contribute to improving Black history representation and sources on Wikipedia. Free food from Mellow Mushroom will be served! Sponsored by Carol Grotnes Belk Library and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Oratorical Contest

Monday, January 13
Irazu Coffee Shop, Moseley Student Center, 6 p.m.

The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education in partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated are thrilled to host the MLK Jr. Collegiate Oratorical Contest. Interested collegians can acquire the prompt and register to participate in the contest here. Those seeking to compete in the oratorical contest must register by Wednesday, January 6th at 5:00pm.  We invite the campus community to attend the oratorical presentations from our students. Sponsored by The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education (CREDE), Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.

Sonia Manzano, “Multi-Racial Latinos & the Civil Rights Movement”

Tuesday, January 14
McCrary Theatre, 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address

For more than 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Throughout her career, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television, and she continues to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage and in the educational realm. A first-generation American of Latin descent, she overcame countless obstacles at become one of the most influential Latinas on television. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning December 2 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Tectonic Plates – Alamance County’s Science Café: Electronic cigarettes – more than smoke and mirrors

Tuesday, January 14
Fat Frogg Bar & Grill, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through May). In January, Mary Gillett, Regional Tobacco Prevention Manager for Guilford County Public Health will speak on electronic cigarettes. Information is available at is free; no ticket required.

Inclusive Teaching in STEM Disciplines

Thursday, January 16
Moseley 215, 11:15 a.m.

Despite extensive nationwide concerns about the demographics of STEM disciplines, students of color, women and other student populations continue to enroll in and graduate from most STEM majors at substantially lower levels than many other fields. How might we, as STEM faculty, take ownership over this problem, come to understand its relationship to systemic privilege embedded in dominant U.S. culture and institutions, and design courses in which students from traditionally underrepresented groups can and will succeed in parity with their peers? Join us for a reflective and generative conversation that explores these and other questions to help us map out faculty practice for inclusive student success in STEM. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)

International Museum of Civil Rights – Cultural Excursion

Saturday, January 18
Station at Mill Point Clubhouse, 10 a.m.

The Station at Mill Point and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education are excited to partner to sponsor a trip for Elon University students and the community members of Morgan Place and Ball Park Communities to the International Civil Rights Museum. Positioned directly beside the Station at Mill Point Residential Community, the Morgan Place and Ball Park Communities are historical black communities of Elon, NC.

Students interested in participating in this cultural excursion can sign-up here. Space is limited to the first 12 students who RSVP. Contact Billy Baker at or Brandon Bell at for more information.

Department of Performing Arts presents “The Wolves” – written by Sarah DeLappe

Saturday – Wednesday, January 18-22
Tuesday-Saturday, February 4-8
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Jan.18, 20, 21, 22 and Feb. 4-7 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 19 and Feb. 8 at 2p.m.

Directed by Kim Shively

After multiple successful off-Broadway runs, “The Wolves,” an exciting new play by Sarah DeLappe, comes to Elon! This fresh and raucous script chronicles one season of a girls’ indoor soccer team. The team warms-up and dribbles while dealing with the cut-throat, competitive world of high school sports. As the teens straddle the unsteady terrain between adolescence and adulthood, they struggle and sweat their way through this funny and poignant 90-minute play.  Adult language and themes. Not recommended for audiences under 13. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning January 11 at or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Martin Luther King Jr. Church Service

Sunday, January 19
Elon First Baptist Church, 113 Lynn Street, Elon, NC, 10:50 a.m.

We welcome Elon students, faculty, staff and community to join us in fellowship at Elon First Baptist Church as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join us after service for a continued fellowship, fun and games.  Contact Marilyn Slade at for more information. Sponsored by the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)

MLK Jr. Soup and Society

Tuesday, January 21
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.

East Neighborhood and the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education are excited to host the second installment of Soup & Society for this academic year.  This is an interactive and dialogue driven event focused on MLK Jr, race, and equity, while providing space for individuals to participate in story-telling and experience sharing. Sponsored by East Neighborhood, Housing and Residence Life and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE)

wInterfaith Luncheon Series: Charles Irons on Race, Privilege and American Christianity

Wednesday, January 22
Elon Community Church, 11:45 a.m.

wInterfaith Luncheon will honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by examining the intersection of faith and social justice in the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Dr. Charles Irons, Professor of History, will offer historical and personal reflections on the enduring impact of whiteness and racism on American Christianity and what this means for faith-informed social justice work today. The event is free for students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Elon Community Church. 

People of Conviction: A Lawyer’s Obligations

Wednesday, January 22
Room 207, Elon Law School, Greensboro, 12:30 p.m.

The struggle for civil rights and the pursuit of racial equality in the United States cannot be discussed without considering the significant contributions of lawyers. Attorney David Morrow ’07 L’10 will discuss the role and impact of the many lawyers that served Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his lifetime and the valuable lessons in leadership and service that can be learned from these great examples of lawyer leaders. Attorney Morrow is a nationally recognized attorney, journalist, and genealogist. He is a contributing writer & special legal correspondent for the American Bar Association Young Lawyer Magazine where he has covered the NBA All Star Games and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and writes regularly about the intersection of pop culture, race and the law. He also speaks regularly about diversity in the legal profession and recently served as the inaugural Director of the Men of Color Project for the American Bar Association. Sponsored by Elon University Law School