QUOTE: Patriotism means to stand with the country. It does not mean to stand with the President. ~ Teddy Roosevelt
QUOTE: The history of Liberty has largely been the history of observance of procedural safeguards. ~ Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter
EVANGELICAL HYPOCRICY. Here is a USA Today article about the events as told by an evangelical who sees it as dangerous. He sees it as trump preying on those who are easily manipulated.
WELCOME TO WV? It seems West Virginia has a standing invitation to Frederick County to join them and become part of their state. The 158-year-old invitation is still valid and also open to Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire counties. Learn more about it here. We will take a pass on that invitation.
APPOINTMENTS. The President gets to appoint people to many boards, such as the National Organic Standards Board, the National Park Foundation Board, and the Kennedy Center Board. However, trump is appointing the very people to boards who have opposed the boards in the past. Read more about it here.
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday all month!
Join Shenandoah University as we explore examples of resistance and activism throughout history and how resilience has made change possible. Campus and community members are invited to participate in a week of free lectures, conversations, and interactive events that will allow us to discover our own inner activists through learning together and serving others.
Mosaic Center Events:
The Ball Pit: Have Ballsy Conversations / Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 20 and 21 / 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Brandt Student Center Main Hallway
Climb into the ball pit in the Brandt Student Center main hallway for a ballsy conversation with an old friend or with someone that you may never have met before! During a weeklong celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talk about difficult topics to connect outside of your comfort zone. Check out our inspiration from Soul Pancake on Youtube to see what our ball pit will be like!
Activism 101 / Wednesday, Jan. 22 / 12-1 p.m. OR 7-8 p.m. / Allen Dining Hall Huntsberry Room OR Mosaic Center for Diversity (BSC 120)
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered one of the greatest activists of all time. Do you wish to create social or political change but you aren’t sure where to start? Participants will explore the basic steps of activism and realize that everyone has what it takes to be an activist. Join Maggie McCampbell Lien at one of these two sessions for this discussion.
– Lunch is limited to the first 12 people to sign up using the MLK Week Sign Up Form. Students with meal plans will use their meal plans and others will be covered by the Mosaic Center for Diversity.
– Desserts are limited to the first 12 people to sign up using the MLK Week Sign Up Form.
Dinner Dialogue: Resistance, Resilience, And Activism Through Your Lens / Thursday, Jan. 23 / 7-8:30 P.M. / Macado’s
Join Hakeem Leonard (Assistant Professor of Music Therapy) and Jonathan Noyalas (Director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute) to examine resistance, resilience, and activism through their historical and musical perspectives. Participants will be invited to consider how they view these topics through the lenses of their own areas of study, personal experiences, and more. Dinner at Macado’s and is free for the first 10 students to sign up using the MLK Week Sign Up Form.
There are many other wonderful events happening, including:
- Persistence and Resistance: Reflections on the Shenandoah Valley’s Enslaved
- Service of Remembrance
- Raised Fists on the Podium: 1968 Olympic Protest, More than “Black Power”
- Road to Resilience
- The Subjectivity of J. Cole as a Model for Black Personhood and a Foundation in Gaining Critical Consciousness Through Reflexivity