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MLK Week Events at Alma College

Martin Luther King Jr. Week at Alma College, Jan. 18-23, features a presentation on the Freedom Riders, community service activities and a keynote address by Palestinian medical doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish.

Student Freedom Riders cross the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of "Bloody Sunday" in 1965 when civil rights activists were attacked by police and dogs while marching from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.Student Freedom Riders cross the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of "Bloody Sunday" in 1965 when civil rights activists were attacked by police and dogs while marching from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.Jan. 5-23/Alma College Diversity and Inclusion presents the Freedom Riders Exhibit from Jan. 5 through 23, rotating in the Tyler-Van Dusen Rotunda, the Dow Science Center lobby and Remick Heritage Center. The traveling exhibit, on loan from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, chronicles the 1961 journey by civil rights activists through the American South. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more.

Jan. 15/Alma College Diversity and Inclusion presents the PBS documentary “The American Experience: Freedom Riders” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 in the Dunning Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jan. 17/Alma College students volunteer at Kids Night Out, a community-based event in which the college students watch movies, play games and go swimming with elementary age youth. Kids Night Out takes place at Alma High School from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. To volunteer, contact Susan Smoker at ssmoker@almaschools.net.

Jan. 18/The Alma College Chaplain’s Office sponsors a Martin Luther King Jr. Week campus worship service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Dunning Memorial Chapel. Guest preacher Rev. Desiree Lawson, pastor or of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Flint, leads the multicultural service that will include scripture, sermon, prayers and other worship elements. All are welcome.

Alma College students at the 2013 diversity fair.Alma College students at the 2013 diversity fair.Jan. 19/The Alma College Service Learning Office and the United Health Professionals of Alma College (UHPAC) sponsor a campus blood drive and bone marrow registry from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in Van Dusen Commons at Alma College. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Schedule your appointment online at redcrossblood.org. For information, contact Anne Ritz at (989) 463-7366.

Jan. 19/The Alma College Diversity and Inclusion Office presents “Freedom Riders — Voices of the Reenactment” at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in the Remick Heritage Center. Erica Shekell, an Alma College staff member, and guest Jayanni Webster speak about contemporary activism and their 2011 experiences as two of the 40 students who reenacted the 1961 Freedom Riders bus ride from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more.

Jan. 19/Local and state community partners share their stories about the importance of volunteerism at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center. “The Value of Volunteers” includes a small non-profit fair, conversations about ways to volunteer, and dessert. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jan. 21/Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, often referred to as “the Gaza Doctor,” speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. The Palestinian medical doctor, author of the book “I Shall Not Hate” and founder of the “Daughters for Life Foundation” in memory of his daughters who were killed during the Gaza War, has dedicated his life to peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Admission to the Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address is free and open to the public. Read more.

Jan. 22/The Alma College Relay for Life Kickoff takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 in the Tyler-VanDusen Campus Center. The event features food, prizes and information about the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Alma College scheduled for March 21-22. All are welcome.

Jan. 22/Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Alma College volleyball team in serving and cleaning up at Community Café, where Sodexo provides meals through meal/point donations from students, faculty and staff. The meal for local community members is served from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Alma.

Jan. 23/The Alma College Multicultural Student Union sponsors a showing of the movie “The Butler” at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 in the Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center Commons. The movie tells the story of a White House butler who served seven American presidents over three decades. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Story published on December 05, 2014