Each year the Alma College community comes together to reflect on the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme is “Transform Yourself to Transform the World.”
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, 2022, Alma College will pause for the entire day to engage in a range of activities hosted by departments, offices and student organizations across campus that allow our community to celebrate his life and work in their own way. A slate of events then continues throughout the entire week, culminating in a special celebration on Friday, Jan. 21.
While we are encouraging the campus community to engage in the full week of events, we ask that each member of our community find one way and one activity to listen, remember, serve and act.
Most events are free and open to the campus community. Click the corresponding links for more information, including dates, times and contact information.
Monday, Jan. 17
- A multi-denominational worship service, featuring student musicians, readers and speakers, as well as support and leadership from Alma College spiritual and religious leaders.
- Lunch for Alma College faculty and staff, featuring a special menu in honor of King.
- “Transform the World: Creating Safety and Justice in a Polarizing World,” a keynote speech from author and essayist Candice Marie Benbow, who will speak on what it means to prioritize the safety of minoritized communities so that they might flourish and thrive.
Tuesday, Jan. 18
- “MLK Talk Back and Action Lab,” a panel discussion in which faculty, staff, students and alumni will offer reflections on Benbow’s keynote speech and work together to co-create actions to foster safety and justice at Alma.
- A film screening of King’s most influential speeches and facilitated discussion, open to alumni and current students.
Wednesday, Jan. 19
- The Hilson Poetry Slam, in which poets of all skill and experience levels will perform works centered on King’s legacies. There will be an open mic session for anyone who wishes to perform; memorization is not required.
Thursday, Jan. 20
- A panel discussion and workshop, in which implicit biases in the field of healthcare and how they tie into health-related outcomes, including clinical judgment, decision-making and patient interactions, will be examined.
Friday, Jan. 21
- At the MLK Silent March, student leaders, together with members of the public, will gather with words of reflection, then walk together, in silence, to the Wright Leppien Opera House in downtown Alma.
- The 2022 Unity Celebration, which concludes the week’s events. Participants will celebrate the achievements of the past week, while enjoying live entertainment, dinner and community. This event is open to all Alma College students and employees.
MLK Week Planning Committee
David K. Blandford
Laura von Wallmenich