MLK Commemorative Week 2019

MLK Commemorative Week 2019

Repairing the Breach”


The theme for this year’s MLK commemorative program, “Repairing the Breach,” is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s initial mobilization for the Poor People’s Campaign and the recent (2015) revitalization of that movement by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the founder and president of the non-partisan organization Repairers of the Breach. Taking its name from the book of Isaiah, Repairers of the Breach seeks to reclaim the notion of morality for progressive activism that uplifts our deepest constitutional and moral values of love, justice, and mercy. Rev. Barber calls for us to not simply “recall the martyrs of the movement, but to continue their work,” invoking the call to action from Dr. King’s last writing, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Within our nation and community, as we wrestle with the fractures and unending moments of uncertainty, we are at a particularly powerful moment to be the answer to Dr. King’s question by working together to repair the breach.

Saturday, January 19

Equality Rally 

11:30am-1:30pm | Waterville City Hall 

*Please note that this event is a community led and organized event. We hope to encourage our community to attend and support our local organizers. 

“The theme includes amplifying the many voices of the unique and inspirational people and communities who call Maine home including new Mainers, refugees and immigrants, Indigenous communities, the LGBTQ community, women, and our youth.” – Stryker Alexzander Adams and Maryellen Dunn, Community Organizers

More information can be found on their facebook event here. 

Sunday, January 20

Multi-Faith Celebration

6:00 pm |  Lorimer Chapel

A celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the presentation of the Drum Major for Justice Award.


Monday, January 21

MLK Day of Service

9 am-Noon |  Alfond Youth Center | RSVP 

Join us for an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences around MLK day by facilitating activities and lessons with the youth at the AYC. Transportation will be free and available to all students who wish to participate. Email Tenzin Choephel, for more information.


All-Campus MLK Community Dinner & Conversation

4:30-6:30 pm |   Page Commons  | RSVP

This dinner will serve as the first of a series of conversations outlined in response to bias-related events that happened in the fall semester. As such, this MLK event is designed to encourage community engagement about how we can create a more equitable and inclusive campus culture. In the spirit of this year’s theme, the MLK Community Dinner and Conversation will focus on accountability, responsibility, and healing. The program will include opening remarks by President Greene and a member of the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, followed by a table discussion over a family-style meal. The discussions will be guided by questions crafted by community members and facilitated by trained teams of student leaders paired with faculty and/or staff members.  RSVP required.


Tuesday, January 22

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Reading Group 

Noon |  Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Sign up is closed. If you have signed up and not picked up your book, please see Karen Platt in Eustis 210.

In preparation for Dr. DeGruy’s keynote address,  the MLK Committee will be hosting the MLK Book Club Discussion around her book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. This community discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 pm and will be facilitated by Lareese Hall, director of libraries, and Chris Asch, professor of history and CANMP executive director. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome lays the groundwork for understanding how the past has influenced the present and opens up the discussion about how we can not only eliminate non-productive attitudes, beliefs, and adaptive behaviors, but also build upon the strengths we have gained from the past to heal injuries of today.


Wednesday, January 23

Be the Healing Workshop for Allies

Noon-1:30 pm | RSVP

Centered around using healing as a means of social justice work, this workshop will be open and designed for faculty, staff, and students and allies. Facilitated by Joy DeGruy, the 2019 MLK Keynote speaker. RSVP required.


Student Healing Workshop

4:00-5:30 pm | RSVP

Centered around healing for those students impacted by the current and historical systematic racism and oppression within the United States. Facilitated by Joy DeGruy. RSVP required.


Integrity In the moment of choice:

America’s Historical Relationship With African Americans and other People of Color

Keynote Address by Dr. Joy DeGruy

7:00 pm |  Page Commons | RSVP 

Dr. Joy DeGruy will deliver the keynote address to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of hope and struggle for justice. As a scholar, educator, and mental health professional, DeGruy is a major voice in important discussions about the lasting impact of enslavement on contemporary Americans, particularly African Americans. For the 2019 MLK Celebration, we have asked Dr. DeGruy to address the theme of “Repairing the Breach” as it pertains to her work.


Book Signing with Dr. DeGruy

8:00 pm  |  Page Commons


Thursday, January 24

Community Installment & Self-Guided Reflections on MLK  Week

4:00-6:00 pm |  Pugh Center

The Pugh Center will be available for individuals to join in community with one another to reflect, individually or collectively, on the events of the week. There will be space and materials for individuals to help install the community statements from the MLK Community Dinner, to write letters, draw or color, and engage in dialogue.


Friday, January 25

The Passion Project 2019

6:30 pm |  Pugh Center

After a spirited and successful program last year, Theater and Dance presents The Passion Project 2019, a brand-new evening of original, story-based performance about the issues Colby students are most passionate about in their lives. Through the Jan Plan Activist Storytelling Workshop, students will write and rehearse a series of short solo and small-group pieces inspired by what change they would like to see in our world and then present their new work to audiences on campus at the Pugh Center and at Portland Stage’s Studio Theater.  


Organized by: The MLK Committee and the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

On-campus co-sponsor are: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Pugh Center, Office of the President, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, The Office of Civic Engagement, Colby Student Government Association, Center for Arts and Humanities, Cultural Events Committee, Pugh Community Board, Religious & Spiritual Life, Theater and Dance, and African American Studies Program.