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2016 MLK Day Academic Programs: Courageous Conversations

 The History of Black Lives Matter

Student Center, Room 320 (9 - 9:50 a.m.)

Presenters: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People- EMU Chapter

Participants will learn the history of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in regard to issues of racial profiling, police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. criminal justice system.


Voting Rights Act (1965): A Dream Undone?

Student Center, Room 301 (9 – 9:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Dr. Ronald Woods & Nathaneil Winston

Is the Civil Rights Movement’s signature achievement still justified 50 years after its signing? Acknowledging the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, this program aims to analyze the 50-year campaign and voting law changes to determine if the movement is finished.


Expressions of Understanding: Papers, Poems, and Protest of Afrocentricity

Student Center, Room 310A (9 - 9:50 a.m.)

Presenters:  Micala D. Evans & Daryl Holman

Students from the Department of Africology and African-American Studies will perform brave and powerful, interactive expressions of art.  The themes of each performance will reflect Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of Afrocentricity. 


The Over-Incarceration of Women in the U.S.

Student Center, Room 350 (9 - 9:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Judge Deborah Thomas, Patricia Jackson, Bankole Thompson, & Claudia Young

This session will address the disproportionate deprivation of liberty for people of color through incarceration, inform the audience of racial dynamics of the incarceration of women, explore challenges they face and encourage action for change. 


New Era Detroit: Riot Talks

Student Center, Room 310B (9:00 - 9:50 am)

Presenters: Noelle Ililonga, Dejohnte Carpenter, Charles Bell

#RiotTalks will address issues such as gentrification and land grab, economic violence, intersectionality and the LGBT community, and generational changes  to create a space for discussion and solution building. 


What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About: War & Militarism

Student Center, Room  (10 - 10:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Bob Krzewinski, Billl Shea, Lynn Gilbert (Veterans for Peace Chapter 93)

Before Dr. King's tragic death, he was speaking out more and more against "the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism".  Though he was criticized, his opinion was that "the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit."  This session will explore why Dr. King's thoughts on militarism and war are still rarely mentioned.


My Brother’s Keeper

Student Center, Room 360 (10 – 10:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Dr. Eddie Connor Jr. & Elizabeth Lang

Dr. Eddie Connor will discuss his new novel, "My Brother's Keeper", followed by a brief Q & A. The novel will explore the fundamental principles to rebuild, reconcile, and restore the lives of boys and men within the Black community. Copies of the novel will be available for sell after the discussion.


Commitment in a Time of Crisis: Building from Our Roots

Student Center, Room 330 (10 - 10:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Dr. Raul Leon & Dr. Phillip Bowman

Recipients of the Michael G. Morris Endowment will lead this session providing a summary of goals for 2016 to expand upon their work from 2015 and to work with stakeholders across the university transform our campus into a community where students of color can thrive academically, socially, and professionally.


New Research by EMU McNair Scholars

Student Center, Room 301 (10 - 10:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Brialle Ringer, Shahana Ahmed, & Allante Moon

A panel of three Ronald McNair Scholars will present research that addresses current problems in today’s society. Brialle Ringer, Shahana Ahmed, and Allante Moon have suggestions for policy solutions on the topics of college student homelessness, Islamophobia, and the effects of drug abuse on the elderly population.


Poverty in America

Student Center, Room 352 (10 - 10:50 a.m.)

Presenters: Joslyn Harris, Christina Payton-Rice, Tria Casterlow, Aleyah Kelly & Jamice Harrice

Students from the Association of Black Social Workers will discuss “poverty areas” and how it effects education, housing options, and crime rates in America.


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