The campus-wide closeout to Colby’s Martin Luther King commemorative week, Love ✴ Anger ✴ Transformation, will feature a guided tour of the Kelley Collection on display in the Colby Museum of Art, concluding with a reflective activity encompassing the week of events.
The Colby Museum of Art is honored to have twelve works from the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection on display in our galleries. The Kelleys are San Antonio, Texas-based collectors of African American art and over the last thirty years, have assembled one of the most comprehensive holdings of works by African American artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The theme for this year’s MLK commemorative program, Love ✴ Anger ✴Transformation, is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 sermon delivered at both the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel in Washington, D. C. at the conclusion of Howard University School of Religion 41st Annual Convocation and his local congregation. Focusing on the scripture of Matthew 5:43-45, King shared that, “hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe.” King calls us to invoke the “only creative, redemptive, transforming power in the universe,” love, to break the chains of hate and evil. However, King reminders us that the love that he calls for is not simply the beautiful, forgiving, and passive love that may first come to mind. Rather, the love that King calls for entails seeing our own flaws and reflecting deeply inward. This love entails righteous anger and demanding truth. This love is tough, messy, and complicated. As a nation and a community, we are at a particularly powerful moment to consider how we can practice these components of love to dismantle both interpersonal bias and systemic oppression.