The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion announces MLK Week of Celebration: “Good Trouble Comes In All Colors: Allyship Matters” offerings

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock

Hello Emory & Henry Community,

We are excited to announce our MLK Convocation for 2021 entitled “Good Trouble Comes in All Colors: Allyship Matters” will be held from January 14th, 2021 - January 23rd, 2021.

We are honored to be joined by Dr. Danielle McGuire for her keynote address titled “Good Trouble: Rosa Parks and the Radical Roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott”.

Danielle McGuire is an award-winning historian, public speaker and author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lillian Smith Book Award. She is the recipient of the Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history.

The schedule for the week is posted below. We will be providing updates via email if there are any adjustments to the times/dates. We will also be sending out all zoom links in a separate email the week of January 11th. All events that have been approved for Lyceum credit will be indicated with an asterisk.

January 14th, 2021:

6 pm: Ruby Sales Event*

Ruby Sales is is an African-American social justice activist. She attended local segregated schools and was also educated in the community during the 1960s era of the Civil Rights Movement. She has been described as a “legendary civil rights activist” by the PBS program “Religion and Ethics Weekly”. Ruby Nell Sales is a nationally-recognized human-rights activist, public theologian, and social critic, whose articles and work appear in many journals, online sites, and books.

Presently, Sales serves as the founder and director of the SpiritHouse Project. The SpiritHouse Project is a national nonprofit organization that uses the arts, research, education, action, and spirituality to bring diverse peoples together to work for racial, economic, and social justice, as well as for spiritual maturity. SpiritHouse roots its work today in exposing the extrajudicial murders of African-Americans by White vigilantes and police.

January 17th, 2021:

11 am: Anti-Racism Sermon*

3 pm: Discussion with Local Religious Leaders

January 18th, 2021:

9 am: Sabbath, Self-Care, & Sleep with Rev. Sharon Bowers, Todd Stanley, & Susan Stanley*

10 am: Keynote Address: “Good Trouble: Rosa Parks and the Radical Roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” with Dr. Danielle McGuire*

This event will include a welcome message from President John Wells, opening remarks from VP John Holloway & music from Ariel Friendly & O.P. Peterson. Also, participants will be offered a question and answer session with Dr. McGuire.

11:45 am: Faculty Connections Workshop with Dr. Danielle McGuire

This event is only for Emory & Henry College faculty.

2:00 pm: The First Rainbow Coalition with Hy Thurman*

Hy Thurman is a founding member of the Young Patriots Organization an organization of white Southern migrants to Chicago who built the First Rainbow Coalition with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and the Young Lords Organization.

6:00 pm - Workshop Sessions*

All the following workshops will be run simultaneously. You will each pick one to attend. When the zoom links are sent out, you will use the link to register for your desired workshop. Each workshop is available for Lyceum credit.


Slam Poetry with Alexa Patrick, Poet

Community Organizing with Andrae Hash & Susan Stancill, Virginia Organizing

Cultural Appropriation with Dr. Shelley Koch, Emory & Henry

Cultural Competency with Xuan Wang-Wolf, Amari Jones, & Louis Hernendez, Emory & Henry

Political Participation with Dr. William Boone, Dean of Politics in Atlanta

Working While Black with Justin Lundy, WCYB

Economic Justice: Dignity Deferred with Michael De Los Santos, E&H Alum

Allyship Matters with Travis Proffitt, Emory & Henry

January 19th, 2021

12:00 pm - Lunch & Learn: National Day for Racial Healing with VP John Holloway

6:30 pm - Alumni Panel Discussion hosted by Fred George & Rev. Sharon Bowers*

Panelists include:

Essence Smith, Rachel Fogg, Leroy Strickland, Joshua Brown, Sam Page, Beverly Clark, Jamal Crowelle, Tosin Sanusi, Tatiana Boelen, Katherine Bordwine, & Alexandria Pollard

January 20th, 2021

6:30 pm - Campus DEI Dialogue hosted by Sam Amos & Fred George, Emory & Henry*

This is an opportunity to discuss current DEI challenges on our campuses and within our surrounding communities.

January 21st, 2021

6:30 pm - Alexa Patrick Performance & Open Mic*

Alex Patrick will perform & host an Open Mic session for performances by Emory & Henry faculty, staff & students. Please email if you would like to perform so you can be added to the call list.

January 22nd, 2021

6:30 pm - Movie Night: “Selma” hosted by Emory & Henry SGA, discussion to follow with Rev. Sharon Bowers

We are looking forward to an incredible week! Keep in eye on our instagram, your email, and the E&H DEI Webpage for updates. Email with any questions.

Thank you!

The MLK Planning Committee

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