MLK Jr. Annual Celebration

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Shoreline Community College’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: 

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The law also provides the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation. Earlier in 1964, the 24th Amendment abolishes the poll tax, originally instituted in 11 southern states to make it difficult for blacks to vote. Events include:

The Right to Dream – presented by Living Voices

9:30-10:20am, 10:30-11:20am & 1:30-2:20pm in room 9208

The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America is witnessed in this compelling story. The Right to Dream recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

“Martin, Malcolm, and Mandela.”  – presented by students from IDS 100, Be the Change You

Want to See: Taking Action for Social Justice

To Be Decided

Open-Mic – sponsored by the Arts & Entertainment Board

12:30 in room 9215

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — 12:30 to 2:30 PM in PUB 9102

During his 60-year career as an activist, organizer, Bayard Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the American civil rights movement. His passionate belief in Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence drew Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders to him in the 1940’s and 50’s; his practice of those beliefs drew the attention of the FBI and police. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever seen. But his open homosexuality forced him to remain in the background, marking him again and again as a “brother outsider.” Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin combines rare archival footage — some of it never before broadcast in the U.S. — with provocative interviews to illuminate the life and work of a forgotten prophet of social change. Free Popcorn!

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.

Friday, January 24, 2014 — 12:30 to 2:00 PM in PUB 9102

This documentary centers around the theory put forward by many, and most recently by Michelle Alexander (who appears in the movie), that mass incarceration has become “The New Jim Crow.” That is, since the rise of the drug war and the explosion of the prison population, and because discretion within the system allows for arrest and prosecution of people of color at alarmingly higher rates than whites, prisons and criminal penalties have become a new version of Jim Crow. Much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era is today illegal when applied to black people but perfectly legal when applied to “criminals.” The problem is that through subjective choices, people of color have been targeted at significantly higher rates for stops, searches, arrests, prosecution, and harsher sentences. So, where does this leave criminal justice? Free popcorn!

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Please contact me if you:

  •  Have any questions about an event,
  • If you would like to send a whole class to one of the events,
  • If you would like a poster to display,
  • If you have any suggestions for future events!


Submitted by James Lawrence Ardeña


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