Guilford Honors MLK’s Legacy
Guilford will celebrate the leadership and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with four programs Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.
The first event, “Collective Voices Igniting Change,” is 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Dana Auditorium. Pastor Santes Beatty ’97, high school pastor at Kentwood Community Church in Kentwood, Mich., will deliver the keynote address. He is a former Guilford football player, assistant football coach and director of African American affairs.
The event also will feature student reflections and live music performances. It is being held Jan. 30 because Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls during the College’s first January Term, when most students are off campus.
For more information, contact Jada Drew, interim director for educational initiatives and community partnerships and Africana Community coordinator in the Multicultural Education Department.
There will be several more events during the following days:
C.P. Gause, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at UNCG, will give a talk, “The Journey to Loving Black Men, Hip Hop, and Transgressive Masculinities: How I Got Over,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Bauman Gallery West, Founders Hall. The event will be followed by an informal talk in the cafeteria 12:30-1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Parker Hurley.
“Negotiating the (un)contested terrain of transgressive black masculinities, love, and intimacy continues to be wretched in most circles; yet, applauded in others,” C.P. writes. “Utilizing the narratives from research and auto-ethnography, I interrogate and rupture the notion of popular culture, mainly hip hop pedagogies, as the source for inciting crises for loving black men.”
Jorge Zeballos and Nick Cream will lead the program “Breaking the Silence: Looking at Dr. King in a New Light,” 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Multicultural Resource Center, Room 128, King Hall. The program will examine the revolutionary speech “Beyond Vietnam, A Time To Break the Silence” by Dr. King in an attempt to understand his prophetic voice as he offered a deep critique of capitalism and militarism in the United States. For more information, contact Nick Cream.
“Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” a documentary chronicling the life and contributions of the late civil rights leader, will be screened 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Bayard Rustin Center, Room 128E, King Hall. For more information, contact Parker Hurley.
A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, “Brother Outsider” presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustin’s activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights.