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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2017

MLK WEEK 2017:

Fear, Falsehood & Freedom: Where Do We Go from Here?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dr. Maxine Mimms


Keynote address by Dr. Maxine Mimms, Co-founder of the Evergreen State College- Tacoma (Watch recorded video of lecture-82 minutes)

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Building 7 (Turtle Building); Overflow seating in Building 8, Mt. Constance and Mt. Olympus

Fear, falsehood & freedom. In times of uncertainty, it is often difficult to find hope. How do we remain strong as a community during times of chaos? Dr. Mimms will be providing a dialogue about where we are as a country and how we can move forward as new leaders in our communities.

Keynote Reception for Dr. Maxine Mimms

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Location Building 8, Mt. Constance and Mt. Olympus

Join the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee as we celebrate the kickoff MLK Week 2017 and honor the legacy of Dr. Maxine Mimms’s vocation

LGBTQIA Safezones

Facilitated by Highline College's LGBTQIA Task Force

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Building 2

Safe Zones is a program identifying individuals in the school community who are safe and supportive allies of LGTBQIA students, faculty and Staff. The LGBTQIA task force has been working diligently on creating curriculum for the safe zones training that not only provides information that may seem basic or at the 101 level. Please join us and learn more about the queer community & build skills to use in our campus community.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

YOU ARE MY OTHER ME: A Radical Empathy Story


Lecture presented by Luis Ortega, Founder of Storytellers for Change (Watch recorded video of this lecture-72 minutes)

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Building 7

In Lak'Ech, “you are my other me,” a timeless Mayan precept, an action, emotion, and concept embodying empathy, solidarity, and interconnectedness, serves as the opening invitation to immerse in Luis’ storytelling. Luis shares his journey as undocumented immigrant with poems, humor, resilience, and, ultimately, in an effort to illustrate what Dr. King described on his letter from Birmingham as the "inescapable network of mutuality" that exists between human beings. After traveling to over 1,000 schools across Washington and this country speaking about the power of inclusion and empathy, Luis is convinced acknowledging the interconnectedness that exists among us is essential to addressing the social justice issues of our time. Luis’s story and message is a heartfelt, vulnerable, and moving call to practice radical empathy, to truly connect with others, and in doing so standing for and with each other in solidarity. In Lak’Ech.

Mothering the Movement: Women of the Black Freedom Movement, 1930-1980

Lecture facilitated by Dr. Derrick Brooms, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Louisville (Watch recorded video of this lecture-92 minutes)

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Building 7 (Turtle Building)

This presentation examines the active involvement of Black women during the Black Freedom Movement throughout the 20th century. In particular, the presentation highlights Black women’s integral roles and leadership and explores how they were both silenced and sidelined while sustaining the movement. Dr. Derrick Brooms is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisville.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Generation Return: The Art and Justice of Anida Yoeu Ali


Lecture and performance presented by Anida Yoeu Ali, Artist, Writer and Global Agitator (Watch recorded video of this lecture-85 minutes)

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Bldg. 7 (Turtle Building)

Artist, Writer and Global Agitator Anida Yoeu Ali will present and discuss her works and ideas about contemporary justice and its residual effects on the Cambodian American experience. Anida Yoeu Ali is actively engaged in international dialogues, community activism, and artistic resistance to multiple sites of oppression. She upholds the belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation. Ms. Ali, born in Cambodia and raised nearly all her life in Chicago, returned to live in Cambodia in 2011 after nearly 3 decades away. She is part of a returning diaspora of artists and thinkers creating narratives of Cambodia beyond war and poverty. Through performance and video works, she will present a body of work which provocatively considers the diasporic past/present contours of the Cambodian American experience.

The artistic portion of the event is imagined to be a multimedia event featuring performances and video screenings by Ms. Ali. The video works include her collaborative media lab, Studio Revolt, and their cinematic works with the Khmer Exiled American community (who constitute the deported diaspora).

Empty Applause, A Conversation On Maintaining Your Faith in Social Justice Activism

Panel featuring Rev. Laverne Hall, Rev. Harriet Walden, Imam Hussam Rabi & Natasha Burrowes

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Building 7 (Turtle Building)

From slave rebellions, to the civil rights movement of the mid-twentieth century, to the protection of sacred land at Standing Rock today, faith communities play a vital role in the struggle for freedom for the oppressed in the United States. However, often times the sacrifices made by activists go unnoticed. As many communities of faith continue the struggle for freedom and self-determination in to the twenty first century, the question of how one remains healthy while committed to social justice activism is ever important for activists to address. Join our panelist in a conversation about faith, healing, and activism.

 Friday, January 20, 2017

Black Education Matters: Disrupting Fear and Falsehood and Educating for Freedom

Lecture facilitated by Jesse Hagopian, Author, History Teacher and Black Student Union Co-Advisor at Garfield High School (Watch recorded video of this lecture-93 minutes)

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Location: Bldg. 7 (Turtle Building)

The election of the Donald Trump is an open assault on oppressed people everywhere. Yet while Trump’s election signals an escalation of the attack--on women, LGBTQ people, people of color, Muslims, working people, and more—inequality and oppression have been mainstays of our society. Now is the time to draw lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr. and the great social movements of the 1960s and 70s with the aim of transforming the education system and the broader society to resist fear and falsehood and struggle for freedom.

First Friday Leadership Institute


Workshop facilitated by Natasha Burrowes, Spiritual director, educator and writer

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Highline Student Union- Mt. Constance & Mt Olympus

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last book before he was assassinated was titled "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" This masterpiece was a call to leadership and community that is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. In this workshop, we will probe the wisdom and words of Dr. King through this book and reflect on what it means for our generation experiencing our own historical and cultural moment. We also will reflect on what concepts like love, truth, and freedom mean for ourselves and our community and explore effective ways to usher those values into an uncertain future as leaders.

Co-sponsored by the First Fridays Leadership Institute.

For information: or (206)592-4319

MLK Week is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Center for Leadership and Service, Learning and Teaching Center, LGBTQIA Task Force, Between the Lines Book Club,  Whites on White, and AANAPISI.

2017 MLK Week Committee: Dr. Darryl Brice, Jodi White, Dominique Austin, Iesha Valencia, Osuré Brown, Billy Chandler, Aaron Modica, Oussama Alkahilili, Nestor Enguerra, Bopha Cheng, Michael Tuncap, Bevin Taylor and Doris Martinez (Chair)

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact Access Services at (206)878-3710, ext.3857(voice) or (206) 870-4853 (TTY).


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