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2023 Week of Racial Justice

Events for the 2023 Week of Racial Justice & Reconciliation

Banner image for the Week of Racial Justice showing Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King participating in a march

Overview of Events

For more information or to ask questions and register for events that require it, please head to the MHC Events Calendar page. Below, you can find basic information about what's going to be happening on campus and virtually from January 17 - 27. 

MLK Day 2023

National Public Recognition of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2022

We should all consider this to be a day on, not a day off. Consider volunteering in your local community in ways that are healthy and safe for you. 

Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide: Racial Healing and the Latinx History of Holyoke, Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 17 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Meeting at the Main Gate, MHC
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This year, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is collaborating with Maria Salgado Cartagena, Director of Community-Based Learning, who is known as the “Latinx People’s Historian and Storyteller” of Holyoke.

Holyoke is known to be largely Latinx with more than 54% identifying as Puerto Rican. During the tour, we will discuss the history of Holyoke and its impact on the area economy through the migration of Puerto Ricans since after World War II. We will consider how Mount Holyoke College can continue building relationships and expanding its reach to local communities in a day of reconciliation and racial healing.

Racial Healing Circle

Tomiko JenkinsRacial Healing Circle

Tuesday, January 17 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Tomiko Jenkins, LCSW will lead a series of healing circles for alum, students, faculty or staff that would like to gather for deep reflection and restorative practices.

This particular session is open to alum, students, faculty and staff of Mount Holyoke.

National Day of Racial Healing

Logo for the National Day of Racial Healing.National Day of Racial Healing Livestream, hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

This year we observe the 7th annual Day of Racial Healing, started in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) alongside Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. In June 2022, the NBCUniversal News Group and the WKKF entered into an editorial collaboration to promote the dialogue around racial equity issues and help to advance racial healing.  Changing The Narrative, the resulting 14-part digital series on the subject of advancing racial equity through the experience of racial healing, is available to view now. The series will culminate on Jan. 17, 2023 with the seventh annual National Day of Racial Healing, featuring a live MSNBC town hall from New Orleans, La at 10 p.m. ET. Telemundo will also stream a Spanish language town hall from New Orleans at 7 p.m. ET on Noticias and Noticias Telemundo’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has also collected action kits for all types of participants to support and engage with racial healing in their communities:

UnCommon Bonds

Uncommon Bonds book coverUnCommon Bonds: Exploring the Complexity of Interracial and Intergenerational Friendships Between Black, Brown, and White Women

Wednesday, January 18 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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In this virtual panel, Ysabel Garcia, a Brown woman in her 20’s, Tanisha Arena, a Black woman in her 40’s, and JAC Patrissi, a white woman in her 50’s will share the key elements to authentic loving relationships between Black, Brown, and white Women.

Join us in a complex dialogue exploring racial tensions with a critical hope lens.

Moderated by Marcella Runell Hall, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Author of UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship.

Open to alums, staff, faculty, and students.

A Journey of Poetry, Love and Authenticity

Lynette JohnsonA Journey of Poetry, Love and Authenticity with Lynnette Johnson

Wednesday, January 25 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center
2 Dunlap Place, South Hadley, MA

Join poet and performing artist, Lynnette Johnson, for a reading of her original poems on love, justice, parenting, and friendships.

In this space, we will look deeper at the concepts of authenticity and inner love through interactive writing activities and captivating dialogue.

This event is open to self-identifying Black, African, and Afro-Caribbean students of the Five Colleges.

Refreshments will be provided.

Martin Luther King Commemoration

Heather McGhee and Beverly Daniel TatumMartin Luther King Commemoration: Racial Healing and the Solidarity Dividend

Thursday, January 26, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Mount Holyoke College welcomes Heather McGhee in conversation with Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum for our annual MHC Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm Eastern Time. This event will also include an intergenerational dialogue with college students.

This event is a collaboration with the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights and Spelman College. Understanding racial healing with a focus on the solidarity dividend will help us all deepen our knowledge about how to work together for our shared humanity and survival in the 21st century.

Be A Revolutionary Like Coretta

Lutze SeguBe A Revolutionary Like Coretta

Friday, January 27, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Coretta Scott King embodied how one can live a revolutionary life up until death, IF you allow your politics to transform you.

For this lunch and learn, we invite the audience to think about themselves as sociopolitical beings and ask yourself how is your politics transforming you and making you flirt with revolution.

With speaker Lutze Segu.

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring: A Christian Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 29, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Love is one of the pinnacle parts of the Christian faith. There is another side called justice, and justice is really love in calculation." Guided by his Christian faith, Dr. King led a movement engaged in direct action through non-violent civil protest. Dr. King worked alongside individuals who were of a variety of faiths, races, ethnicities, genders and sexualities in his quest for freedom and justice for all people.

Each year at Mount Holyoke, the Daughters of Zion, the Office of Community and Belonging and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion collaborate on this important program welcoming a guest speaker often an alum of Mount Holyoke to host this very special reflection and Christian service.

All are welcome to join us as 2023 speaker, Reverend Omena McCoy delivers a special sermon in honor of Dr. King and the fight for freedom and racial justice.

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