Join us for MLK Jr. Celebration events, Jan. 12-25

Join us for Shoreline Community College’s Annual MLK Jr. Celebration – Reclaiming Narratives: Connecting our Past to the Future. Check out the schedule of events below:

Thursday – January 12, 2017

Poster Making to attend Rally on Monday
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center (3rd floor FOSS by the Student Leadership Center)
Drop by the Multicultural Center to learn about its services and make posters for the march/rally on Monday.

Monday – January 16th, 2017 (CAMPUS CLOSED)

Attend the MLK Jr. March and Rally in Seattle
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., starting at Garfield High School, Seattle
We will meet in Seattle at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue at East Jefferson, Seattle. Look for the Shoreline group!

Join the Shoreline Community College marching contingent as we take part in Seattle’s annual eventThe celebration starts at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue at East Jefferson, Seattle.

9:30-10:50 a.m. Workshops in various high school classrooms
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Rally with speakers, poetry, and music in the Gymnasium
12:30 p.m. March to Jackson Federal Building, 2nd & Madison, downtown Seattle
1:45 p.m. Outside Rally at Federal Building, time approximate

Note: the event will occur regardless of sun, rain, snow, or icy conditions!

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Bread and Circuses: Exploring the Legacy of the “Real” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Darryl Brice
12:30pm-1:30 p.m. in PUB 9208
In contemporary society, Dr. King’s legacy has been reduced to a handful of palatable sound bites. For example, almost everyone who knows Dr. King can quote a line or two from his “I Have a Dream” speech. However, the part of that speech that critiqued racial and economic injustice is rarely acknowledged. Similarly, most of Dr. King’s more radical speeches and writings on topics like the Vietnam War, creative maladjustment, and poverty are omitted from most dialogues about his life and legacy. This presentation will explore how and why this myopic view of Dr. King has become the most popular and accepted version of a civil rights leader whose politics and actions were radical and counter to the status quo then and now.

Wednesday – January 18th, 2017

Listening to our Narratives: Dialogue skills for tough conversations
10:30-11:20 a.m. in PUB 9208
Come to this interactive workshop to learn how to engage in dialogue instead of debate. How do we share our stories to move toward common ground. With Shoreline Professor, Brooke Zimmers.

Reconstructing Resistance: Fighting White Nationalism and Racism with professor Kate Boyd
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in PUB 9208
This workshop provides an anti-fascist framework for understanding the rise of white nationalism in the current moment. Participants will unpack commonly held myths about white nationalism while learning about the history of the movement and its current efforts to mainstream. Grounded in an understanding of cultural organizing, we will explore how white nationalists have engaged culture and participants will develop their own anti-racist and anti-fascist cultural organizing practices. Participants will leave with concrete strategies to disrupt, defuse, and dismantle white nationalism and racism.

Film Showing 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez
12:30-2:30 p.m. in PUB 9208
The documentary film 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez explores the recurring question about who has the right to be an American citizen. 14 examines the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment through compelling personal stories and expertly-told history. Under the Fourteenth Amendment, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside ”Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott and those of Wong Kim Ark tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court and changed American history. Q&A following film hosted by the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS)

March/Rally Debrief
2:30-3:20 p.m. in PUB 9202
Join us for an informal discussion reflecting on the March and the power of demonstrations.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Poetry and Writing Appreciation
9:30am – 10:20am in PUB 9208
We’ll spend this time celebrating a work or works by one or two key African American writers. We’ll examine their use of language, imagery, metaphor, rhythm, rhyme, and other literary features; their engagement with social and political issues; their existential confrontation with suffering; and their ability to craft something beautiful and lasting. Potential authors include Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Cade Bambara, and Douglas Kearney. Shoreline Faculty member Davis Oldham will Facilitate.

The Food Pantry Kick-off
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in PUB 9201 & 9202
Shoreline Community College is committed to meeting the needs of our students. In response to students facing food insecurity, Shoreline will be expanding students’ access to The Food Pantry. We will be having a kick-off event during MLK week and students who are facing food insecurity will be able to access food, general items, and other resources. Sponsored by Center for Equity and Engagement and Student Leadership.

Film Showing: 13th – Q&A with the Black Student Union
11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. in PUB 9208
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Echao p’alante”: Working Towards an Inclusive and Intersectional Understanding of the US Civil Rights Movement
1:30pm- 2:30pm in PUB 9208
The Civil Rights Movement simply did not just start in 1954 and end in 1964. Our primary school education, history books, and associated media have in many ways collapsed and limited our understanding of the US Civil Rights Movement by esteeming certain types of action and actors while vilifying others often at the expense of the collaborative movements that many have worked so hard to build. This workshop will draw on multiple forms of media in order to contextualize and highlight multiple forms of resistance and sustained struggle against oppression culminating in all of the participants working together to build an inclusive and intersectional visual timeline of the civil rights movement. Presented by BSU Advisor, Jessica Gonzalez.

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Letter Writing to Incarcerated Individuals
9-11 a.m. in PUB 9202
Drop by and write a letter of encouragement to individuals who are incarcerated. Paper and supplies will be provided.

White Allyship/Accomplice-ship
12:30-1:20 p.m. in PUB 9208
What is allyship and accomplice-ship? What are the differences and how can you tell if you are being one or the other? Join this session to find out more about these terms and how you can assist in making space for others. Workshop presented by Professor Rachel David.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Community Book Read Event with Anastasia Tolbert
12:30 p.m. – PUB 9208
Anastacia Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust. She was recently selected as the 2015-16 poet-in-residence at Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle. Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls.

Additional details will be added as they become available. For questions or comments, please contact Jamie Ardena in the Multicultural Center at or 206.533.6618.

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