MLK Day at Green Mountain College by Krista Shugart

 This year, the GMC Club Activism and the Black Cultural Club will team up to host the MLK Day Celebration at Green Mountain College. Seniors, Calvin Linder and Rhyan Hollis came up with the idea and schedule of exciting events for the celebration.

Green Mountain College’s spring semester starts on January 16th, which is Martin Luther King Day. Here is the schedule for the day, for those that want to participate!

9:40 Walkout – The walk out is during the 9:00-9:50 class period and is happening at 9:40

9:50 Opening Speaker on the steps of Whitey

10:00-10:50 Community Service

            -The Local Food Shelf

12:00-1:30 Lunch

2:00-5:00 Teach In– Come and listen to your professors speak on the topic of civil rights and social justice in their field! The Teach In will be located in the East Room.

1) Tom Williams: 2:00-2:30

“I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, remember segregation clearly, remember that society, drove through Memphis only hours after the assassination that night, etc. Will share many of those experiences.”

2) John Nassivera: 2:30-3:00

“I think I would like to address how the figure of MLK “bridged the gap” that went all the way back to the days in the last quarter of the 19th century. On the one side, there were the black intellectuals who wanted black Americans to “accommodate” the role White Americans assigned to blacks (Booker T. Washington); on the other side, there were black intellectuals who wanted black Americans to stand on their own and forge their own identity (W.E.B. Dubois). In MLK’s time the two sides were evident in the approach of King vs. the approach of Malcolm X. However, King found a way to preserve and present a black American identity that was powerful and able to be “accepted” by a larger % of White America and so his impact at that time and context was larger. But Malcolm’s impact came into play in a larger role later. This polarity is still evident in America today, just under the surface.”

3) Paul Hancock: 3:30-4:00

“The title of my talk is “The Contemporary Relevance of Martin Luther King Jr: Is Passive Resistance Obsolete?” I particularly want to discuss the charge by Malcolm X that the 1963 march on Washington was co-opted by the Kennedy administration and that more militant blacks were actually responsible for the legislative gains of the Civil Rights Movement. And finally I want to briefly discuss the King legacy in light of the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring.”

4) Sarah Mittlefehldt: 4:00-4:30

“I will be talking about the environmental justice movement and some of the historical tensions between environmentalism and civil rights advocacy. I will also talk about the future of the EJ movement and the importance of MLK’s civil rights work to environmental activism today. I will probably begin with a quick personal story about why I do what I do–my parents were very active in the civil rights movement in Chicago and I have been deeply influenced by their commitment to social justice.”

5) Alan Marwine: 4:30-5:00
MLK and the Vietnam War

5:00-6:30 Feast – The Black Cultural Club will be hosting a feast. The dinner is free and open to eveyone!

6:30-8:30 Screening – of “Brother Outsider: Life of Bayard Rustin”


Please show your support and attend as many of these events as you can!


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King Jr.


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