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2022 Week of Racial Justice

Events for the 2022 Week of Racial Justice & Reconciliation

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

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 18 - 28. 

MLK Day 2022

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

Monday, January 17, 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. 

Decolonized Food is Medicine

Image of Rachel Beth Sayet in a red shirt in front of a stone backdrop.Decolonized Food is Medicine: Food Justice as Racial Healing

Tuesday, January 18 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Online Event. Please register in advance.

As part of National Day of Racial Healing 2022 and Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King Week, join us for a conversation on the role of food justice as racial healing practice. This event features speaker Rachel Beth Sayet, educator and Five Colleges Native and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Community Development Fellow.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

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 18, 2022 - 3:00 - 4:15 PM

Link to RSVP

This year we observe the 6th annual Day of Racial Healing, started in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation alongside Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) community partners. You can RSVP and tune in on your own at the National Day of Racial Healing website to watch this year’s event, hosted by Soledad O’Brien. 

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:

Looking to stay informed on racial healing and anti-racist practices? In addition to this guide, LITS has collected an Anti-Racism Library Guide, where you can find further anti-racism readings, an eBook Visual Browse shelf, and a Day of Racial Healing Kanopy playlist among many other resources. 

Note: Visual Browse and Kanopy platforms require current MHC login.
 

DEI Lunch and Learn

Photo of Coretta Scott King speaking in front of a banner that reads "feminist."DEI Lunch and Learn: “I am not a ceremonial symbol, I am an activist”: The Radical Feminist Legacy of Coretta Scott King and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Monday, January 24 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join by Zoom

Each year, we hold a reflective space to gather and discuss the radical feminist legacy of Coretta Scott King who was often viewed as the partner to her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but rarely known for her own activism. In her own words, she once stated, “I decided I would not go around collecting awards…I am not a ceremonial symbol, I am an activist.” For this lunch and learn, we invite audience participants to engage in dialogue around the radical feminist legacy of Coretta Scott King with a deep understanding of how she engaged in the civil and human rights movements including her staunch advocacy for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people.

This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

An Intergenerational Conversation: The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah Jones

Image of Nikole Hannah Jobes sitting on gray stairs.An Intergenerational Conversation: The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah Jones

Wednesday, January 26 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join by Zoom (Registration required.)

This co-sponsored event is a collaboration between Mount Holyoke College, Spelman College and the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights.

As we commemorate the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott through the racial justice and reconciliation series, we welcome the creator of The 1619 Project back to Mount Holyoke for an intergenerational conversation engaging the long legacy and history of racism in the United States with a specific emphasis on the new published book developed after the success of the New York Times feature on the origins of enslavement in the United States and abroad.

All are welcome.

This event is being conducted virtually. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

We Are All Trayvon: Fighting Racism in the 21st Century with Sybrina Fulton

Image of Sybrina Fulton on a white background.Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration - We Are All Trayvon: Fighting Racism in the 21st Century with Sybrina Fulton

Thursday, January 27 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join by Zoom

Sybrina Fulton lost her seventeen-year old son, Trayvon Martin and was instantly thrust into the spotlight as a grieving mother whose son's tragic murder would challenge the soul of a nation. Her journey included a clarion call to mothers everywhere to speak truth to power and rally against injustice. She channeled her pain and loss into a national movement and has challenged people across the country and around the world to speak up. She recounts the beauty of her son's life to be sure his story is told with accuracy and truth.

Mount Holyoke's 2021-2022 Common Read is the powerful text, The Fire This Time. Edited by Jesmyn Ward and featuring Kiese Laymon, Mitchell Jackson, Claudia Rankine and many others. The book was dedicated to Trayvon Martin.

As Mount Holyoke continues to engage in becoming an anti-racist community, we seek to be in dialogue with leaders and scholars who continue to fight racism through public service, research, dialogue and art. For this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, we welcome Sybrina Fulton to our beloved community.

This event is being conducted virtually. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

Pandemic as a Portal: Anti-Oppressive & Anti-Racist Pedagogies & Praxes

TLI Talking about Teaching: The pandemic as a portal: Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist Pedagogies and Praxes

Friday, January 28 from 12:45pm to 2:00pm

Link to RSVP

Throughout the semester, the Teaching & Learning Initiative sponsors a series of discussions focused on pedagogy.

Grounded in a concept engaged by Arundhati Roy, and with reflections and insights from critical pedagogues bell hooks, Paolo Freire, and Anneliese Singh.

This focused faculty and staff development session will engage participants with specific strategies for addressing everyday antisemitism, racial microaggressions, gender-based oppression and ongoing forms of ableism as experienced by students within and outside of classroom settings. A trauma informed and dialogic-based approach will be used by facilitators for this session.

Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Service

Portrait of Reverend Tanai Sanders White ’96.Let Freedom Ring: A Christian Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 30 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Register and join by Zoom

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 Religious and Spiritual Life, 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 2022 speaker, Reverend Tanai Sanders White ’96 delivers a special sermon in honor of Dr. King and the fight for freedom and racial justice.

Antisemitism Teach-in

Fighting Anti-Semitism at Mount Holyoke and Beyond Series

Launching January 31, 2022

Additional Information

Mount Holyoke will offer a monthly series focused on educating and building allies by providing support for fighting anti-Semitism at Mount Holyoke and beyond. Launched in January 2021, during our Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Week of Racial Justice and Reconciliation - Launching on January 31st, our 2022 teach-in will be an immersive experience throughout the spring semester involving a multitude of public lectures, dialogues, and film screenings. Each year we delve deeply into understanding the history of judeophobia and anti-Semitism, its connections to racism and provide specific resources for everyone to combat everyday anti-Semitism in our work towards becoming an anti-racist community. This resource page provides links to videos, readings and resource guides for education.

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