“Race and Mass Incarceration” is the theme for Emory & Henry’s 2016 MLK Day Celebration. The E&H community will join together during this pivotal moment to address the problem of systematic oppression. The event will feature a series of programs over six days designed to bring awareness to this topic about which Dr. King spoke so boldly against and to inspire movement toward change.
7:30 PM in Wiley Auditorium (Lyceum Credit)
This PBS documentary follows the lives of four individuals in Kentucky's criminal justice system, as the state tries to interrupt the cycle of mass incarceration. This film will expose viewers to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform.
7:30 PM in Martin Brock Gym (Lyceum Credit)
In the style of the MTV television series "If You Really Knew Me" (which focuses on youth subculture and different cliques in high schools), this SGA Student Forum is an interactive event that will challenge stereotypes and help unite members of our student body. It will provide a safe space in which people from all walks of life can share personal stories dealing with discrimination, racism, and mass incarceration which have had a major impact on their lives.
7:30PM in Wiley Auditorium (Lyceum Credit)
The movie “Selma” is a dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery which depicts the racism and intolerance in the South during the 1960’s. Following the film, Dr. Joe Reiff will lead an optional discussion addressing issues of race in the Deep South during the Civil Rights movement and the changes in racism as time has progressed. Real Reel (a Spiritual Life group that discusses important religious and ethical themes in film) is partnering with the MLK Day Committee to present this event.
3:15PM in McGlothlin Center for the Arts Lobby
Korey Townsend, one of the participants in the 4:00 PM panel discussion (see below), is a former police officer in Charlotte, NC. His novel Imprisoned in Blue describes his professional experience. Books will be available for purchase for $10 (cash only) at the signing.
Imprisoned in Blue by Amos Mac, Jr. is a poetic composition of a black cop’s experiences and struggle within law enforcement. It's a personal illustration of intimate thoughts and questions that are usually kept in the confines of one’s home. This therapeutic literature is an easy read and gives insight into Amos's life behind the badge. Experiencing his journey through his words makes this book a must read, even it this isn’t your ideal topic. Amos Mac, Jr. is a former officer now enjoying life as a citizen without the badge. He vows to use his experiences in life as a teaching mechanism through writing. Mr. Mac, Jr.'s philosophy is "words have power, but people empower the words."
4:00PM on McGlothlin Center for the Arts Main Stage (Lyceum Credit)
This event will set the tone for the formal part of E&H’s 2016 MLK Day Celebration. Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s challenge for people to actively create a world where every person’s civil rights are honored, this panel discussion will remind us how we can respect the past, acknowledge how much things have changed, and move forward in hope that the changes that we have made nationally will lead the world of which Dr. King dreamed.
As we begin to consider systematic oppression in the context of our MLK Day theme, “Race and Mass Incarceration,” Randy Wilson (E&H ‘03), LaSon Green (E&H ‘04), and Korey Townsend (E&H ‘07) will share their realities by telling their stories of personal and social growth. Because change is a learned behavior, panel members will also teach us how to change in order to make Dr. King’s dream a reality in our world. The panel will be moderated by Delilah White.