Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters August 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. during the "March on Washington."

Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters August 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. during the "March on Washington."

Events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. will be held virtually by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion this year due to COVID-19, according to a press release from Western Michigan University.

The events will begin Jan. 7 and will last throughout the month with a virtual convocation Jan. 18.

The theme for this year’s events is “None of Us is Free Until All of Us Are Free.”

The events are as follows:


Thursday, Jan. 7, 4-5:30 p.m.

      TRutH Talk: Racial Healing is a virtual discussion about the racial healing work that has been transpiring in the Kalamazoo community, what Racial Healing Circles and Virtual Healing Experiences are and how the community can participate in the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing. Register here.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.

      Discussion on Twitter regarding resistance and healing,  Submit questions to TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) Kalamazoo for the community panel at the National Day of Racial Healing Celebration. To participate, follow TRHT Kalamazoo on Twitter, join the chat and use #HealingResistanceKzoo and #KzooHealingChats. 

Monday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-noon; 4-6 p.m

      Virtual MLK Day Convocation, , includes keynote speaker, scholar and activist Dr. D-L Stewart at Colorado State University and his presentation "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free." Email Natalia Carvalho-Pinto for a link to join, accommodations and more information.

      TRHT Kalamazoo: Public Virtual Healing Experience, provides a time to come together in an intentional space to discuss personal narratives and provide insight, understanding and appreciation of one another's stories. Space is limited to 50 individuals. Register here before capacity is reached or by Wednesday, Jan. 13, whichever is first.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4-5:30; 5-7:30 

      TRHT Kalamazoo: National Day of Racial Healing Opening Reception invites participants to virtually mix and mingle with community members and share stories of resistance healing from the unprecedented year of 2020. Register here.

      Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Kalamazoo National Day of Racial Healing 2021 Celebration commemorates the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing with a livestream from the Kalamazoo State Theatre, featuring community voices and local artists. Register here

Thursday, Jan. 21,  4-6 p.m.

     Community Read of "From Here to Equality" by William A. Darity and A. Kristen Mullen includes a virtual community discussion led by Jacob Pinney-Johnson. The first 20 participants who sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Register here.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, Noon

      MLK High School Social Justice Workshops are for Kalamazoo Public Schools' students and include an exploration of activism and the fight for social justice from the time of Martin Luther King Jr. to present-day displays of advocacy by members from the community ranging to athletes and musicians. A link will be distributed directly to students through KPS. For accommodations and more information, contact Lauren Carney.

Events that are normally held including the teach-in, art, reading and poetry competitions have been cancelled this year. All events will be free. For more information or accommodations, contact Emily Olivares.

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