Hiram College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a convocation by national political contributor and scholar-in-residence Jason Johnson, Ph.D.
Johnson will present: “From MLK to Mike Brown: A Series of Inconvenient Movements” at noon on Jan. 22, 2015, in the Kennedy Center Ballroom.
Johnson, a regular commentator on Al Jazeera English, CNN and Headline News, will discuss how recent events illustrate the urgent need for sustained national engagement on race, gender, class and equality. He will also address the importance of media literacy in the examination of race and racism and the difference between protesting, rioting, rebelling and revolution.
In addition to teaching political science courses at Hiram College, Johnson is the author of “Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell,” politics editor of “The Source” magazine and chief political correspondent for politic365.com. He has worked for both Republicans and Democrats as a campaign manager and assistant state director in legislative campaigns in South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. He also worked on the 2001 London mayoral race, and in 2007, he was an honored guest of the Independent Electoral Commission in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Students honor King’s legacy
In addition to attending Johnson’s Jan. 22 convocation, Hiram College students will honor King’s legacy with a series of events and programming throughout the week.
A group of students will attend the historical drama “Selma,” on Jan. 19. The movie depicts the events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting. The community will gather in the Kennedy Center lower lounge for a conversation about the movie following the 3:35 p.m. viewing at Aurora Cinemas. Free movie tickets and transportation are available for students who wish to attend. Sign up at the Kennedy Center Welcome Desk.
On Jan. 20, students will partake in a silent sit-in for social justice and non-violence. A nod to the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins of 1960 that led to the Woolworth department store chain reversing its policy of racial segregation in the southern United States, students will reflect on how they can resolve problems in the world and sign a diversity pledge. Participants may come and go as they please any time between 1-5 p.m.
Finally, on Jan. 21, the student organization Social Justice Warriors will be conducting a campus climate survey. The anonymous survey will be sent via email, and the results will be shared during an event in February.
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