This year, Hiram College is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration beginning on Monday, Jan. 20, the holiday commemorating his life and work. A range of events are planned that aim to enhance awareness of the importance of maintaining a pulse on civil rights and restorative justice for all. Please see below for details on each event.
Monday, January 20, 2019
Justice and Healing Circle
3 p.m. in the lower level of the Kennedy Center
Gather with friends and colleagues to pay homage to those that have been lost to violence and those still striving for civil/human rights. Share your story, listen in silence, contribute artistically, or simply be present at your level of comfort. Ribbons, blackboard chalking, civil rights era music, and other forms of symbolic insignia will be available.
A Conversation with Sarah Rudolph Collins: The Fifth Little Girl in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Ballroom
Sarah Rudolph Collins—known as the 5th little girl in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama—will share her transformative story of physical and emotional suffering, heartbreaking loss, recovery, and healing. Her passion to ensure that today’s generation understands the importance of advocating for racial equality has led her to speak to many audiences including civic groups, churches, and colleges/universities.
Hiram alumna, Patricia Darby ’77, will share the stage with Ms. Collins Rudolph and moderate the discussion. The program will also feature remarks from Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., president of Hiram College, and a closing music selection by Amber Henderson ’22.
Thursday, January 23
Lunchtime Bread and Soup
Noon – 1 p.m. in Dix Dining Hall
Join the Hiram community for a delicious meal while engaging in table-top activities on human rights, coalition building, and other ways to address injustice in all forms. Bread and Soup meals are a Hiram College tradition that benefit families suffering from chronic hunger and food shortage within our region. Students with meal plans may use swipe-access, while those without meal plans will be charged $6.
Martin Luther King Day events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in conjunction with the Black Student Union (BSU), Presence and Respect for Youth Sexual Minorities (PRYSM), and funding from Student Senate. For additional information, feedback, and/or to share ideas for future programming, please contact Dee West at firstname.lastname@example.org.