Davidson College invites the public to an extensive series of events Monday, Jan. 19, to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. The schedule includes activities for children, performances, talks and seminars focused on social justice. The keynote speakers will be Rev. Charles White Jr., national field director for Al Sharpton's National Action Network, and Professor Marc Lamont Hill, a leading journalist and intellectual. The full schedule is listed below. There is no charge to attend any of the presentations, all of which will take place in the Alvarez College Union. For more information call 704-894-2225.
9 - 11 a.m., Alvarez College Union, Brown Atrium
King Day for Kids is open to kindergarten through fifth grade children, and focuses on three areas-literacy, social justice and community engagement. Children will take part in small group readings, arts and crafts, storytelling, and expressions of their dreams. Children will receive literacy-based goodie bags at the end of the event. Registration is required by Monday, Jan. 12. For additional information, contact Kyle Goodfellow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-894-2460.
"White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son"
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Room 313
The film White Like Me by acclaimed anti-racist educator Tim Wise explores race and racism in the United States through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. Wise reassesses the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that the country has entered a post-racial society. The film looks at white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with the legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
11:30 a.m., Alvarez College Union, C. Shaw Smith 900 Room
Rev. Charles L. White is national field director of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. Known as a strategic thinker, coalition builder, visionary and activist, Rev. White has dedicated his life to the promotion of civil and human rights. For more than 30 years, he has worked as an advocate for social justice with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He has served the NAACP's national staff as Youth Director of the Southeast Region, Director for the Southeast Region, and most recently served as the National Director of Field Operations and Director of Field Organizing.
Rev. White was the first African-American member of the University of South Carolina Chaplains Association and of the Clover Rotary Club. In 1993 he won a suit against the Buffalo Room in North Augusta, S.C., for refusing to serve him and other NAACP officials because of their race. The suit led to the adoption of a strong Public Accommodations Law by the South Carolina Legislature.
Rev. White and the NAACP a decade later used the Buffalo Bill to prevail against several businesses in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for discriminatory practices during the annual Labor Day Black Bike Week.
Moderator: Tae-Sun Kim, Director of Multicultural Affairs
Panelists: Kassim Alani '15, Judith Rosales Rivas '17, Iqra Tabassum '18, Anmar Jerjees '18
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room
This panel of students will share stories of their immigration experience in the United States and at Davidson College. They will focus on how they and their family members learned the written and unwritten rules of where they fit, and how they were positioned in the racial history, memory and culture of their new communities because of origin, religion, ethnicity, undocumented status, physical features and dress.
Presenter: Professor of Anthropology Helen Cho
1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Sprinkle Room
One of the most pernicious myths in American society is that races represent natural units of our species. While the idea that "race is a social construct" has become a popular academic cliché, many struggle to explain its incongruence with racial classification that is largely based on biological features such as skin color. Professor Helen Cho will speak about ways to deconstruct and debunk the race-as-biology myth, which continues to perpetuate stereotypes that associate certain races with criminality, intelligence, sexual behavior, athleticism and other behaviors.
Moderator: Laurian Bowles, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Panelists: Amani Carter '16, Meron Fessehaye '16, Gladys McLean '15
3 - 4:15 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room
A panel of Davidson College students will explore issues within the black civil rights struggle on and off college campuses, such as male dominance and heterosexist, classist and ageist agendas. Panelists will use love letters to initiate a dialogue about how to have a more inclusive movement for black freedom.
Presenter: Kassim Alani '15
3 - 4:15 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Room 303
This presentation will explore how both Nike and the National Basketball Association portray black professional basketball players through the exploitation of "Blackness."
7 p.m., Alvarez College Union, Smith 900 Room
Marc Lamont Hill, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College, is one of the country's leading hip-hop generation intellectuals, covering topics such as culture, politics and education. Hill has lectured widely, and provides regular commentary for media outlets like NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine and the New York Times. He is the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Our World with Black Enterprise, which airs Sunday mornings on TV One. He also was a political commentator for Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor. In 2005, Ebony Magazine named him one of America's top 30 Black leaders under 30, and in 2011 Ebony named him one of America's 100 most influential Black leaders.