Jan. 14, 2022

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. – A collection of occasions are deliberate at Illinois Wesleyan College
in the course of the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vacation for the campus group
to honor the civil rights chief and be taught from his legacy. 

“The theme of this 12 months’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is ‘The Urgency
of Now.’ The Intercultural Fluency committee determined to make use of this theme as a technique to
affect the campus group to behave with urgency, recognizing and pushing for change
associated to cultural understanding, cultural illustration, and the necessity for coaching
and improvement within the areas of fairness and inclusion,” stated Prince Robertson, IWU
Dean of College students for Inclusion and Advocacy.

The Gospel Pageant is introduced by Illinois Wesleyan and the United Neighborhood Gospel
Singers of Bloomington-Regular.

On the Monday vacation, Illinois Wesleyan school and employees could have the chance
to replicate and have fun the College’s institutional mission of forming a various
and inclusive group devoted to social justice. Chris Schumacher, IWU Director
of Observe and Discipline / Athletics Range & Inclusion Designee, would be the featured
speaker throughout a digital presentation at 10 a.m., with remarks titled “My World in
Black & White.”

A best-of video premiere of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nationwide Vacation Gospel
Pageant might be out there to
view on-line beginning at 7 p.m on Monday, Jan. 17. The Gospel Pageant is introduced by Illinois Wesleyan and the United Neighborhood Gospel
Singers of Bloomington-Regular.

On the core of the College occasions is the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educate-In,
which is able to happen in a hybrid format at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 within the Hansen Scholar
Middle and by way of stay stream. 

Delivering the Educate-In keynote handle is Dr. Timothy E. Lewis, Assistant Professor
of Political Science at Southern Illinois College Edwardsville. His speech is titled
“Exposing the Fact of the American Lie: From MLK to CRT.” 

Timothy Lewis
Dr. Timothy Lewis

Along with instructing political science, Dr. Lewis is a social justice advocate
and identification politics researcher, specializing within the politics of marginalized and
deprived identities. His analysis focuses on racial minorities, non-heteronormative
identities, and ladies and gender minorities. His most up-to-date research, “Insulated Blackness:
The Trigger for Fracture in Black Political Identification” was printed in
Politics, Teams, and Identities. Dr. Lewis can also be a range, inclusion, fairness, and social justice (DIESJ) coach
and coordinator. 

At 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, the IWU Workplace of Range and Inclusion will host a hybrid
program within the Vinyard Room of the Memorial Middle and by way of stay stream for school,
employees and college students titled “A Sankofa Celebration” to focus on pupil achievements,
share phrases of encouragement from alumni and have fun with music. “Sankofa” is a
West African phrase that means “return and get it.” The occasion was organized by a workforce
of scholars and Sharla Brown-Ajayi, Director of the Workplace of Range and Inclusion.

Artwork displays might be featured at Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at IWU from Jan. 17 – March 3. Merwin
Gallery will showcase “Future Areas in Neighborhood Locations,” an exhibit centered round
the concepts of sensible Afrofuturism. Wakeley Gallery will characteristic “Celebrating Blackness,”
which is able to embrace works that replicate on Black identification and the way Blackness has formed
social, cultural and political experiences world wide. A reception for each
displays might be from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 24 within the respective galleries. This reception
is free and open to the general public. 

Sponsored by the IWU Intercultural Fluency Committee, the Educate-In and surrounding
occasions serve to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke at Illinois
Wesleyan in 1961 and 1966 throughout his solely visits to the Bloomington-Regular group.

By Julia Perez