EMU Information / January 12, 2016

Check it out! Martin Luther King Week @ EMU

An annual EMU tradition, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr celebration has a ton of great events open to all EMU students. You can get out there and be inspired and actually make a difference in your local area on the day of service. Plus, pick up some sweet Eagle Reward points for every event you attend. Below is a list of the events for the week. Check back here for detailed info on each event as they come up!


Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Celebration Kickoff

Martin Luther King Commemorative March
South entrance of Student Center
4:30 p.m.

Join members of the university community as we march across campus and reflect upon the historical significance of EMU buildings and landmarks and the stalwarts for which they were named. Marchers will gather on the south side of the Student Center. Hot chocolate will be provided.

Opening Celebration Discussion
Student Center Auditorium
6 – 7:30 p.m.

The opening discussion is entitled “Why Your Vote Matters.” The discussion will focus on the history of voting, voting laws, obstacles to voting, and why your vote matters. The panelists include:

  • Lawrence Kestenbaum – Washtenaw County Clerk
  • Ronald Woods – Professor, African American Studies
  • Jeff Bernstein – Professor, Political Science
  • Ed Sidlow – Professor, Political Science Professor
  • Evan Schrauben – Student Government

Friday, January 15, 2016

MLK Day of Service
Student Center Ballroom B
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’ve found that you’ve asked yourself this same question and aren’t sure where to begin, look no further! VISION will be hosting a morning of volunteering as part of EMU’s MLK Celebration. All we require is that you sign up (link below) and show-up the day of, ready to make a difference!

To register, please visit the SIGNUP SHEET FOR MLK DAY OF SERVICE!

Expect the unexpected as you’ll be assigned a service site at random as you arrive.  Please dress prepared for the weather because some of our community partners work outdoors.  If you are under 18 years of age, you must stop by the VISION office to retrieve a liability waiver for your parent/guardian to sign prior to January 15th in order to participate.

LBC Credit is approved for this event.

The Color of Drums Poetry Celebration: “The American Day-Dream”
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Show Time: 7 p.m. (Free Admission)

The Color of Drums is an annual show hosted by The Poetry Society where acting and poetry collide on stage. This is TCOD’s 15th anniversary show which will also serve will serve as a reunion where Poetry Society members from years before come back and celebrate with current members. The show entails multiple skits performed by the organization as it relates to common topics throughout todays society revolving around the theme “The American Day-Dream.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

“H2E” Student Talent Showcase and Scholarship Competition
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Show Time: 7 p.m. (Free Admission)

Join us for a celebration of the performing arts! EMU students will showcase their talents in honor of the Civil Rights Movement and compete for three scholarships!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Community Event: “Washtenaw County My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge”
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 – 3 p.m.

In 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by African-American young men and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  Washtenaw County has taken on the MBK Community Challenge, a call to action for all members of our communities, as a collective of local law makers, community leaders, organizations, EMU staff and students, comprising many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

  • Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • Ensuring all children can read at grade level by 3rd grade
  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime

Come join the EMU student body and local community leaders as we engage in an interactive form, using real life scenarios to address each of the six benchmarks of the MY Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

Monday, January 18, 2016 – MLK DAY

MLK Breakfast
Student Center, Room 300
8 – 9:30 a.m.

Start your day of exciting events and programming by joining members of the MLK Committee for a Breakfast Buffet. This event is free and open to the public.

Academic Programs:  Courageous Conversations
Student Center, 3rd Floor (Various Rooms)
9 – 11 a.m.

The History of Black Lives Matter

Student Center, Room 320 (9:00 – 9:50 am)

Presenters: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People- EMU Chapter

Participants will learn the history of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in regard to

issues of racial profiling, police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. criminal justice


Voting Rights Act (1965): A Dream Undone?

Student Center, Room 301 (9:00 – 9:50 am)

Presenters: Dr. Ronald Woods & Nathaneil Winston

Is the Civil Rights movement’s signature achievement still justified 50 years after its

signing? Acknowledging the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the upcoming

2016 Presidential Election, this program aims to analyze the 50-year campaign and

voting law changes to determine if the movement is finished.

Expressions of Understanding: Papers, Poems, and Protest of Afrocentricity

Student Center, Room 310A (9:00 – 9:50 am)

Presenters: Micala D. Evans & Daryl Holman

Students from the African American Studies program will perform brave and powerful,

interactive expressions of art. The themes of each performance is going to reflect Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of Afrocentricity.

The Over-Incarceration of Women in the U.S.

Student Center, Room 350 (9:00 -9:50 am)

Presenters: Judge Deborah Thomas , Patricia Jackson, Bankole Thompson, & Claudia


This session will address the disproportionate deprivation of liberty for people of color,

this session will inform the audience of racial dynamics of the incarceration of women,

explore challenges they face and encourage action for change.

New Era Detroit: Riot Talks

Student Center, Room 310B (9:00 – 9:50 am)

Presenters: Noelle Ililonga, Dejohnte Carpenter, Charles Bell,

#RiotTalks will address issues such as gentrification and land grab, economic violence,

intersectionality and the LGBT community, and generational changes  to create a space

for discussion and solution building.

My Brother’s Keeper

Student Center, Room 360 (10:00 – 10:50 am)

Presenters: Dr. Eddie Connor Jr. & Elizabeth Lang

Dr. Eddie Connor will be discussing his new novel, “My Brother’s Keeper”, followed by

a brief Q & A. The novel will explore the fundamental principles to rebuild, reconcile,

and restore the lives of boys and men within the Black community. Copies of the novel

will be available for sell after the discussion.

Commitment in a Time of Crisis: Building from Our Roots

Student Center, Room 330 (10:00 – 10:50 am)

Presenters: Dr. Raul Leon & Dr. Phillip Bowman

Recipients of the Michael G Morris Endowment will lead this session providing a

summary of university diversity initiatives and unravel goals for 2016, in efforts of

transforming our campus to a community where students of color can thrive

academically, socially, and professionally.
New Research by EMU McNair Scholars

Student Center, Room 301 (10:00 – 10:50 am)

Presenters: Brialle Ringer, Shahana Ahmed, & Allante Moon

A panel of three Ronald McNair Scholars will present research that addresses current

problems in today’s society. Brialle Ringer, Shahana Ahmed, and Allante Moon have

suggestions for policy solutions on the topics of college student homelessness,

Islamaphobia, and the effects of drug abuse on the elderly population.

Poverty in America

Student Center, Room 352 (10:00 – 10:50 am)

Presenters: Joslyn Harris, Christina Payton-Rice, Tria Casterlow, Aleyah Kelly & Jamice


Students from the Association of Black Social Workers are going to discuss

“poverty areas” and how it effects education, housing options, and crime rates in America

President’s MLK Luncheon
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Keynote Address: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 – 3 p.m.

CloseUp Theatre Troupe
Student Center Auditorium
Two Shows:  4 – 5 p.m. and 5 – 6:30 p.m.

We have been taught and trained to believe that America is the land of opportunity and freedom. But it’s hard to agree as the values we cling to are becoming obsolete. We examine the injustices in our society as individuals but we don’t always speak up about them as a community. CloseUp speaks up and speaks out to some of those injustices and creates a space for audience members to think, feel, question and hopefully act.

Afterglow Celebration
Student Center, Room 300
6 – 8 p.m.

Come join us for discussion and refreshments at the MLK Day Afterglow. Please let us know if you need anything else.

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Jan 12, 2016

I can’t wait to attend these events!

Jan 18, 2016

These events were awesome. Thank you for this! It’s great to learn about a man and his cause and celebrate him by being surrounded by a wealth of knowledge.

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