“Break the Silence. Be the Change.” is the theme for Emory & Henry’s 2018 MLK Day Event. The E&H community will examine the impact of privilege in each of our lives. We will be challenged to take a hard look at the many ways in which race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, geographical location, sexual identity, etc. define the various levels of privilege that we have and how the privilege of one group often means oppression for others. Our seven-day series of events is open to the public. Everyone is welcome!
Lyceum Credit will be given for student participation in all events.
7:30PM, Martin Brock Gymnasium
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 interactive event will challenge stereotypes and help unite members of our student body. Participants will be assigned to a group where they will be given the opportunity to reveal something personal about themselves within the context of the 2018 MLK Day theme.
7:30PM, Memorial Chapel
The Association for Religious Diversity is partnering with the MLK planning team to present an interfaith prayer service from the context of several world religions. Focusing on the ideals of Dr. King’s dream for all people be able to live in a world without privilege, where no one is oppressed and everyone is equal, the E&H community will be challenged to become a place of sanctuary for everyone.
7:30PM, Kennedy-Reedy Theater in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts
Dr. Nickens is a tremendous tubist and is the nationally-known founder and director of The Green Machine, George Mason University's award-winning Pep Band. His lecture recital will include solo works for tuba with emphasis on free improvisation and audience participation. Throughout his performance, Dr. Nickens will discuss the value of musical exploration as a means of racial and cultural identity.
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in guided improvisation with a sensational performer, director, and composer. Dr. Nickens is an inspiring persona who constantly brings together disparate social, educational, political, and racial experiences for the universal purpose of music making.
The Reynolds Lectureship is presented by the Emory & Henry College Music Department. For more information, contact Dr. Allyss Haecker.
5:30PM, Wiley Auditorium
Spiritual Life group Real Reel will host a screening of Hidden Figures, a film about three brilliant African-American women at NASA who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Participants will see a representation of a true story of how three women of color, who were more than qualified to do the work, were treated in the workplace by their white superiors. This compliments our MLK Day theme, "Break the Silence; Be the Change," which focuses on the ways that privilege is alive and well all around us.
Free pizza will be served immediately before the movie screening. A talk-back will follow the film that will address impressions and reactions related to the MLK Day theme.
6:00-9:00PM, Mason Fellowship Hall in Memorial Chapel
The Tunnel of Oppression offers interactive, experiential vignettes of different types of oppression. Visitors will travel through the tunnel and experience types of oppression, including issues of race, class, gender, and environmental degradation. At the end of their trip through the tunnel, participants will have the opportunity to enter into meaningful discussion about their experiences and ways they can be part of the solution.
This is an interactive installation meant to be experienced in small groups. The journey through the tunnel and following reflection will take approximately one hour. Because of this, participants arriving after 8:30PM will not be admitted to the installation.