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17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 7–19, 2015

All events are free and open to the public.


JusTalks Keynote Address
What Does It Mean To Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy
Wednesday, January 7 • 7pm • McCullough Wilson Hall

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will describe how race shapes the lives of white people, explain what makes racism so hard for whites to see, and identify common white racial patterns. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, Dr. DiAngelo provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy.


Allyship: Becoming a Champion for Inclusion on Your Campus
Thursday, January 8 • 7pm • McCullough Wilson Hall

Hudson Taylor, founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally, will discuss fostering an inclusive sports community.


Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Address
"A Life and a Career, Indistinguishable from One Another"
Tuesday, January 13 • 8pm • Mead Chapel

Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” and “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback” William C. Rhoden is regarded as one of the leading thought leaders in the realm of race, sports and American culture. Embracing the tradition of resistance and advocacy in journalism Rhoden has used sports to explore vexing political social and racial issues that continue to challenge our nation. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is more than five decades old but as Rhoden points out, the power of Dr. King’s words continue to spread like a ripple on a pond. They are the inspiration of a career that, in many ways, illuminates The Dream. 


MCAB Free Friday Film: Dear White People
Friday, January 16 • 6pm and 9pm • Dana Auditorium

A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.


Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off! 
Martin Luther King Day of Service
Saturday, January 17 • Various local community locations

Middlebury College faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in community service projects to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. For questions or more information, email Quanteshia Tennyson in Community Engagement, to register


Film Screening and Discussion: Freedom Summer (PBS, 2014, 55 min.)
Monday, January 19 • 4:30-6pm • Axinn Center 232

Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states. Join Professor Bill Hart and the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for a special screening and discussion of the acclaimed PBS documentary.


Peace [with Justice] Candle Vigil and Walk
Monday, January 19 • 7:15pm • Davis Family Library to Mead Chapel

Meet at the Davis Library and then follow the historic Storrs Path to Mead Chapel for the MLK Oratorio. Candles will be provided.


MLK Oratorio: A Celebration in Song, Speech, and Dance
Monday, January 19 • 8pm • Mead Chapel

This year’s new program of songs and speeches will feature pianist, singer and arranger Keith McCutchen. Director of the Hayes School of Music Gospel Choir and Jazz Vocal Ensemble, Mr. McCutchen will both perform and conduct a community choir open to students and townspeople. Members of the Oratory Society will deliver a selection of speeches by King, and others engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, then and now. With choreography by Christal Brown.

The 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is made possible by the collaboration of the Office of the Dean of the College, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Music, Theatre and Dance, JusTalks, Community Engagement, MCAB, Athletics, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, Education Studies, Atwater Commons, Brainerd Commons, Cook Commons, Ross Commons, Wonnacott Commons, and Volunteer Services Organization.