Celebrating a Legacy
January 13, 2012
“Peace and nonviolence were more than a strategy to him; it was a way of living,” says Jessica Snydman, a first-year student from Reisterstown, Md., who studied King and other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in her First-Year Seminar.
Dickinson’s Office of Diversity Initiatives will present unique opportunities for the campus community to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A panel discussion and An Evening With King are planned for the 2nd Annual MLK Institute: MLK and the Millennial Generation on Friday, Feb. 10.
“It is important that the community take the time to pause, reflect and respond to the ways in which this historic icon challenged our country and our world to think critically about our coexistence and the ways we engage one another,” says Norm Jones, dean of diversity and student development. “Through the institute, we are asking students to explore Dr. King's relevance in the context of our contemporary world as well as their lived experience. Engaging in this kind of reflection allows students to make important connections between our collective history, our current political and social realities and our obligations as a society to perpetuate and continually realize the dream that Dr. King so nobly advanced,” says Jones.
The following events are free and open to the public:
Stern Center, Great Room
A panel of experts moderated by Joyce Bylander, special assistant to the president for institutional and diversity initiatives, will discuss Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in a free public event. Panelists include Dr. Vernan Carraway, Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and re-enactor; Mara Donaldson, professor of religion and Africana studies; Brenda Bretz, associate provost for curriculum; and Leonard Brown, dean of students and associate vice president for student development.
Round two of a competition to identify the student-delivered speech that best reflects a personal understanding of Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and how that understanding has been integrated and demonstrated in their personal behavior, social interactions and sense of place in the larger world. Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded.
“An Evening with King”
Dr. Vernan Carraway will perform vignettes of King’s speeches and essays. He also will offer personal commentary on the relevance of these pieces in contemporary society.
More about the MLK Institute and the above planned events will be made available in The Compass and in the Feb. 8 issue of Extra Features.