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2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Earlham College will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events.

Race Card Project

Monday, January 21 – Friday, February 1, 2019 (Online submissions)
Thursday, January 31 (Runyan Table)

As part of the 2109 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration all members of the Earlham community are invited to participate in the Race Card Project.

The Race Card Project was created by National Public Radio special correspondent Michele Norris as a way to foster dialogue. It aims to hear, experience, and collect the real discussions about race, culture and identity on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to express their thoughts about race, cultural identity, or an evolving America in six-word essays.

You can submit your essay online at between Monday, January 21 and Friday, February 1, or complete a postcard at a table in the Runyan Lobby on Thursday, January 31, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Postcards and online submissions will be posted in Runyan sometime during the month of February.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture

Janaya -khan“Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality for All”
Speaker: Janaya Khan
Monday, January 21
7:00 p.m., Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall

Janaya Khan speaks on "Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality for All" as this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker.

An International Ambassador for the #BlackLivesMatter Network, Janaya brings a timely message about the transformational power of protest. Janaya is a leading activist who engages you in a profound discussion about social justice and equality.

Known as ‘Future’ within the Black Lives Matter movement, Janaya is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist and social-justice educator who presents an enlightening point of view on police brutality and systemic racism.

Janaya has been honored with several awards, including the 2015 Bromley Armstrong Humanitarian Award, and has been featured in media outlets, including the Feminist Wire, RaceBaitR, and The Root. Janaya currently serves as executive director of Gender Justice LA, a grassroots multi-racial coalition of transgender people and allies.

Janaya’s eye-opening presentations are underpinned by a deep commitment to social transformation. With compelling narratives, Janaya illustrates how individual lives are affected by inequality and rouses audiences to actively seek justice for all.

Free Admission. No tickets are required.

Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence

Principles, Practices and Applications
Saturday, January 26,

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Comstock Room, Runyan Center

This one-day workshop will be facilitated by certified nonviolence trainers and international practitioners from The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. It will introduce participants to the principles and practices of conflict reconciliation and methods for nonviolent social change inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These strategies are applicable for achieving issues of social, economic and environmental justice, and are relevant to current challenges of violence in the U.S. and around the world. Kingian nonviolence provides a framework for improving community & police relations in addressing issues of injustice and inequality.
It will also help participants develop possible applications for nonviolent responses to conflict in their personal and professional experiences.

This interactive workshop will include multimedia presentations and handouts. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. To register Limited spots are available.

Film: The Hate U Give

(Rated PG-13)
Friday, February 1
8:00 p.m., Loose Lecture Hall, Landrum Bolling Center

Join SAB in watching the critically acclaimed film, The Hate U Give.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

Content Warning: Violence & Gore, Profanity, Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking, Frightening & Intense Scenes

Celebration sponsors include: Black Student Union, Center for Social Justice, Multicultural Resource Center, Student Activities Board, Office of Student Engagement and Runyan Center.

Direct questions to Yemi Mahoney at or 765-983-1606.

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