Hiram College is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong celebration starting on Jan. 18, 2016, the holiday commemorating his life and work.
A range of activities are planned for the week, all around the theme of “Advancing the Conversation about Race, Character and Community.” Please see below for details on each event.
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
National Day of Service – Community Service Project
Join the Office of Admission and Hiram students in a morning service project hosting high school students from the greater Cleveland area. The program will entail a diversity awareness activity and much more. For more information about the project, contact Melissa Santana in the Office of Admission (x5170).
Book Discussion on “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
2 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall
Join faculty, staff and students in a discussion of this critically acclaimed book. Coates examines racism, black identity and American life in ways that are thought-provoking, bold and riveting. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Film and Panel Discussion: “Finding the Gold Within”
4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall
This film follows six black men from Akron, Ohio through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. The film probes what it means to be young, black, male and “other.” Immediately following the film, a panel of black male students and alumni will discuss the film and related issues.
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016
Sit-in for Social Justice
1-5 p.m. Kennedy Center Welcome Center
In the 1960s student-organized sit-ins were a dangerous yet highly effective pressure tactic that brought awareness to racial, political and social injustice. Today many groups are still fighting for justice. No matter your personal passion or cause, do you have the courage to take a seat at our annual sit-in? Simply take an empty seat, stay as long as you’d like, and learn more about the power of actively participating in social justice initiatives.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Bread and Soup’s Diversity-Themed “Open Mic Night”
7-8:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious meal while witnessing Hiram’s amazing poets, lyricists, musicians, spoken-word artists and performance artists bringing to life the true essence of MLK week: character, community and unity! Bread and Soup nights are a Hiram
College tradition that benefits families suffering from chronic hunger and food shortage within our region.
For questions, contact Dee West, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at WestDE@hiram.edu or 330.569.5237.