Leading with Love: MLK in Black History Month

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reconsider how we safely celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2022 and we have decided to move our week-long celebration to the month of February. We are pleased to announce virtual and in-person programming. 

Monday, February 14

Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through Spirituals and Civil Rights Movement Songs: A Virtual Program presented on the Gunnison Chapel Pipe Organ

Dr. King called the songs of the Civil Rights Movement, “the soul of the movement”. Through this 45 minute program, Musician-in-Residence, Sondra Goldsmith Proctor, will present Spirituals and Civil Rights Songs on the Pipe Organ, highlighting African American composers. Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead will provide commentary on these genres. The program features a message to campus and community from President Kathryn Morris.

Tuesday, February 15

Place and Space: A National Day of Racial Healing Faculty Panel, 6:30 p.m., Zoom

Sara Ashpole (Environmental Studies), Megs Carpenter (Psychology), and Kaya Perry (Sustainability) reflect on the ways in which race and racism impact the ways we show up in various places, and the spaces – physical, emotional, and cognitive – we occupy.

Tune in on zoom: https://stlawu.zoom.us/j/5745530894

Thursday, February 17

National Random Acts of Kindness Day Discussion, 12 - 2 p.m., Winston Room

On National Day of Random Acts of Kindness Day, join us as we address the issue of Affordable Housing by making Care Packages for local individuals living in Canton’s Affordable Housing option. Enjoy good conversation and company while doing direct service!


MLK Committee

Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead, University Chaplain

Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

Ashlee Downing Duke, Student Activities and Leadership and Volunteer Services

Barry Torres, Director of Music Ensembles

Sharon Rodriguez, Residential Coordinator