On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a big and important tradition in Vermont. Champlain College’s own series of events will take place from Monday January 18th to Thursday January 21st. Please join us for as many of these as your schedule allows.
See below and on poster for specific information on events and rooms:
- Monday- 1/18: Selma, 12:00-2:30, Alumni Auditorium ( We will be showing the 2014 film)
- Tuesday- 1/19: Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America, followed by discussion, 12:30-2:00, Alumni Auditorium
“This one-hour special features artists engaging a diverse group of residents in local communities at the center of the national conversation on racial inequality and violence, including Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson. These artists, including Pharrell Williams and John Legend, will spark solutions-focused conversations with community members with varying perspectives, including family members of victims, community leaders, law enforcement officials, clergy and organizations.”
- Wednesday- 1/20: Pray the Devil Back to Hell, 12:00-1:15 Alumni Auditorium
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.”
- Thursday- 1/21: A Town Hall & Panel on Progress and Change, 12:30-2:00, Morgan Room in Aiken Hall
Our panel will be made up of Brian Murphy, Ted Heck and Briana Martin. They will discussing their perspective on the progress towards equity for people of color, work that needs to be done, and recommendations for how this can be accomplished.
Opportunities for discussion/engagement will happen on Tuesday, the 19th and Thursday, the 21st. So if you have to pick events to attend, pick those ones, especially if you have already seen the programs we are presenting. Monday and Wednesday are simply viewing opportunities for those who have not seen them. Both ‘Selma’ and ‘Pray the devil back to Hell’ are owned by our library and can be checked out if you cannot attend the community viewings on Monday and Wednesday.
We promise we are not trying to keep you away from the viewings and there will be cookies :). we also know that the real power lies in our ability to engage with each other, and folks are super busy, so we want to help you prioritize.