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Week of MLK Activities Planned at College & Throughout Region

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The college will close Monday, Jan. 16, in remembrance of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The Admission Office will be open for campus visits. ‚Äč Several events for faculty, staff, students and the public have been planned in recognition of the holiday and of King's contributions to current social justice issues and movements.

Learn more about King and the movements he inspired by visiting this resource guide created by E.H. Little Library staff in collaboration with departments across campus.

Campus Programs

SIAD Presents: Reducing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community & Justice

Members of Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD) will facilitate a professional development workshop on equitable hiring practices inspired by their experiences serving on Davidson College's tenure-track faculty searches. This workshop has been adapted for staff hiring managers with the goal of expanding the practice of equitable hiring to all campus divisions and departments. Registration is required; maximum 20 people. Open to staff and faculty.

Shared Stories, Shared History: Black Lives in Northern Mecklenburg
2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community & Justice

The college will host a celebration of the "Shared Stories, Shared History: Black Lives in Northern Mecklenburg" project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project has collected 11 oral histories, more than seven hours of audio recording and 1,764 pages of documents from local residents. The event will feature recording and scanning stations for community members to bring their own stories and materials to contribute.

Davidson College Police Discuss the Possibilities and Limits of Fair and Impartial Policing Training and Body Cameras
11:05 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community & Justice

Join Davidson College's Chief of Police Todd Sigler, Assistant Chief Carolyn McMackin and Chief Scott Cunningham, a certified Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) trainer, for this lunch and learn community conversation about their experiences with FIP training and body cameras. How do these tools and interventions reduce racial bias in policing and what are the challenges and limitations? Registration is required; maximum 20 people. Open to faculty, staff and students.

Implicit Bias Faculty Research Panel
5-6:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building

National and local scholars in social psychology and industrial and organization psychology will lead this faculty research panel discussion on the origins and vast applications of implicit bias research. They will share findings from their respective research projects that shed light on the role of racial bias in student learning outcomes, health disparities, employment and workplace diversity. Open to the public.

  • Luis M. Rivera, assistant professor, department of psychology, Rutgers University
  • Enrica N. Ruggs, assistant professor, department of psychology, UNC Charlotte
  • Scott Tonidandel, Wayne M. & Carolyn A. Watson Associate Professor, psychology department, Davidson College

Experimenting as Teachers (EAT) Lunches
Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, Center for Teaching and Learning, E.H. Little Library

Guest professor Luis M. Rivera will join Davidson College faculty in a conversation about his research on implicit bias in academic spaces. Professor Rivera will share his own practice(s) as an educator for preventing and responding to racial bias and microaggressions in the classroom. Registration is required; 10 faculty spaces are available. Please email Karen Baldwick at to RSVP or with questions. Lunch is provided.

The Davidsonian Public Speaker: Braxton Winston '06
6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

When they heard that a man prominently featured in a dramatic photograph during the Charlotte protests had graduated from Davidson College, students Olivia Daniels '19 and AJ Naddaff '19 decided to learn more about him. That man is Braxton Winston '06. Winston had never been involved in a protest before he stopped by the scene of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting. Winston livestreamed the protests and clashes with police on Facebook, and was the subject of a photo from the night's unrest that went viral. Co-news editors of The Davidsonian Daniels and Naddaff contacted Winston to learn more about him and wrote this piece for the Charlotte Observer. Open to the public.

Charlotte-Area Events

The City of Charlotte MLK Planning Committee has organized a series of regional events to celebrate diversity and service in the community, including the MLK Holiday Parade. Details are available on the Charlotte Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Facebook page, or on twitter @mlkcharlotte.

YMCA Annual MLK Holiday Prayer Breakfast
8-10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 16, in the Crown Ballroom of the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Actor, playwright and director Mike Wiley will provide the keynote address at this popular event that attracts more than 10,000 people annually. The celebration also will include music, student essay and poetry readings, as well as recognition of the annual MLK Medallion Award winners. Visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Examining Implicit Bias
6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, UNC Charlotte Center City Building

Sponsored by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice; free and open to the public. This event is part of the organization's Speakers Bureau Community Series. Learn more.

Exhibitions open to the public at the Levine Museum of the New South and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture:

  • "K(NO)W Justice, K(NO)W Peace," Levine Museum of the New South – An exhibit that seeks to humanize beyond the headlines. "K(NO)W Justice, K(NO)W Peace" places Charlotte's recent events in a historical and national context. Work by JCSU Professor Dr. Tiffany Parker and her students documents victims who have died at the hands of the police; these documentary portraits show an alternate view of the person, not the mainstream media or police narrative but who the person was to their family and friends. Photography by Charlotte's Alvin Jacobs shows a panorama of community response nationally to these events.
  • "Looking at Appalachia," Levine Museum of the New South – In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional War on Poverty in the United States, and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. Many of the War on Poverty photographs became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images, which depicted the poorest areas and people gained support for the cause, and came to represent the region and stereotyped its people. Learn more.
  • "Nowhere | Now Here," Levine Museum of the New South – Created by UNC Charlotte's Victoria Byers, who worked with Levine Scholars and 15 students of Mexican and Honduran descent, this series of photographs depicts the lives and relationships of a community of Hispanic immigrants in small-town North Carolina. Learn more
  • "The Life and Times of Robert Smalls," Levine Museum of the New South – From escaped slave to Civil War hero to member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Robert Smalls' storied trajectory from slavery to freedom is the subject of the multifaceted exhibit "The Life and Times of Robert Smalls."
  • "Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation," Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – This exhibition uses the work of one of the most renowned artistic quilt makers, Faith Ringgold, as an entry point to look backward at traditional African American quilts and forward to expressive, decorative quilts, artistic quilts, and the work of painters and mixed media artists who improvise upon the form. Quilt scholar, Maude Wahlman, has called African American quilts "the visual equivalent of blues, jazz, or gospel, rich with color and symbolism." Learn more.
  • "Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes," Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – Considered the art of everyday people, folk art is rooted in tradition, memories and experiences. "Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes" features 30 newly crafted mixed-media works by renowned self-taught artist Nellie Ashford. Learn more.

Service and Volunteer Opportunities

To find MLK related service and volunteer opportunities in the region, visit Volunteer Match and Hands on Charlotte.