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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2016

MLK WEEK 2016:

Justice: Beyond A Dream

Monday, January 18 2016

Northwest African American Museum


Field trip to NAAM

11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Join us in remembrance of the Civil Rights Movement and the American icon Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by visiting the Northwest African American Museum. Let us celebrate diversity with a look back to our region’s work on social justice and towards peace and inclusion.

Spaces are limited and transportation will be provided for Highline Students from Highline. If you are interested, please email

Tuesday, January 19 2016

Kay Barrett: "You are SO Brave"

Kay Barrett 

Performance by Kay Barrett

10:00 am to 11:30 am

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

This performance harnesses political poetic storytelling with elements of spoken word and theatre. Informed by hip-hop and the jazz aesthetic, Kay intimately strips down pretense, and engages love and an examination of the world. As a cultural worker, Kay aims to question notions of desirability, single-issue identity, and what exactly is mainstream normal. Themes explored during the performance include intersecting identities in struggle with racism, misogyny, cissexism, migration, death/loss, queer love, migration, and disability.

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark, & Vanessa Lopez


Film screening followed by Q&A session with the director, Anne Galisky

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: Building 7 (Turtle Building)

The documentary film 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Wednesday, January 20 2016

Dr. Robin DiAngelo: "What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?"

Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

Lecture presented by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

10:00 am to 11:30 am

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

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity.  Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. While the focus is on patterns of whiteness, the framework may also be useful to people of color in their navigation of these patterns.

Co-sponsored by Whites on White

Kay Barrett: Liberation Shows Up!

Kay Barrett 

Workshop presented by Kay Barrett

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Bldg. 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus

This performance dares us to understand and adore our whole selves. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flawed. Also as Transgender & Queer People of Color you can be impacted by displacement and migration. Ultimately, we survive in struggles that are alienated and dehumanized. Our contributions deserve visibility. The truth is, we face all struggles simultaneously! Paying homage to audre lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” avenues of critical intersections as brown, poor, trans, im/migrant, disabled, and “other” are explored. How do competition and respectability politics impose oppression in our actions, our lives? How do we embrace a politic that doesn’t isolate or accommodate, but engages everyday movements to show up for those who are affected & not talked about? How can we come to a place of honoring ourselves fully? You are invited to embrace a sexy, complicated, sacred, powerful, and amazing lineage via performance. To Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color (SDQTIPOC) daily survival!

 Thursday, January 21 2016

Dr. Michael Hale: Between Civil Rights and Black Power, James Baldwin's prophetic vision "To End the Racial Nightmare, and Achieve Our Country"

Michael Hale 

Lecture presented by Dr. Michael Hale

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Bldg. 7 (Turtle Building)

As we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of many landmark civil rights victories, several scholars and activists have tried to understand the explosive conflict between the non-violent Civil Rights movement inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the militant Black Power movement inspired by Malcolm X. It will be my argument that James Baldwin had a stunningly prophetic understanding of this conflict that allowed him to develop a creative synthesis of both Civil Rights and Black Power principles.

The chant of “black lives matter” heard across our county indicates that there is no better time for students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss James Baldwin. The Nation magazine recently argued “There is probably no other writer, living or deceased, who has diagnosed the problems of American racism better than Baldwin.” He did this by combining a breath-taking eloquence with an uncanny power of observation brought together in a powerful moral argument designed, as he argued in The Fire Next Time, “to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.

The Big Move: A Panel on Gentrification in King County

Gentrification Panel 

Panel Facilitated by: Barbara Talkington, Multicultural Affairs Leadership Adviser

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Bldg. 7

Community are shifting in Seattle leading to major changes impacting Highline Students. Please join us to learn about what gentrification is, how gentrification in Seattle is impacting our communities in South King County, and why it is happening through a panel of community activists and servant leaders.

Friday, January 22 2016

University of Washington Black Student Union Founding Members Luncheon


Luncheon facilitated by Osure Brown

Lecture: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Bldg. 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus

Student movements have often served as the catalyst for social change. Please join us for a special luncheon with historic founding members of University of Washington Black Student Union as they share their journey through the 1960’s, including their involvement in political movements such as the Civil Rights Movement and the importance of allyship in pursuing justice.

First Friday Leadership Institute: Is the Washington State Budget Racist?

A workshop with One America's Carly Brook

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Highline Student Union- Mt. Constance & Mt Olympus

This interactive workshop delves into the not so sexy, but critical, issue of Washington State's Regressive Revenue/Tax system. How have racist state policies transferred from explicit discrimination in Washington to economic. institutionalized racism? This workshop examines the Washington State Revenue system as one of the policies most singlehandedly responsible for economic and racial oppression in our state. Beginning with the short history of how we've gotten to the point where our state is the most regressive in our taxes and discussing the impact of the upside down tax structure in Washington, this presentation will connect the issues of institutional racism and revenue through story sharing, popular education and presentation.

Co-sponsored by the First Fridays Leadership Institute.

Tuesday, January 26 2016

Dr. Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility

Dr. Robin DiAngelo 

Workshop facilitated by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Bldg. 8, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus

White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. Because our racial perspectives are so rarely challenged within this environment, we have not had to develop the stamina needed to tolerate racial stress. I term this lack of stamina “White Fragility.” When we are challenged in cross-racial interactions, White Fragility triggers a range of defensive moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being “attacked” and “unsafe.” While these moves are effective at blocking the challenge and regaining our racial equilibrium, they are also damaging to people of color and prevent us from developing the skills we need to create a racially just society. This session will overview White Fragility and provide the perspectives needed for more constructive cross-racial interactions. While the focus is on patterns of whiteness, the framework may also be useful to people of color in their navigation of these patterns.

Co-sponsored by Whites on White

For information contact: or 206-592-3296.

MLK Week is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Center for Leadership and Service, Inter-cultural Center,  Whites on White, and Learning and Teaching Center.

2016 MLK Week Planning Committee: Doris Martinez (Chair), Stephanie Ojeda-Espinoza, Kimberly Hollins, Darryl Brice, Jodi White, Barbara Talkington, Noory Kim, Natorius Ezell, and Susie Chavez

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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