Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day

Bates shares a connection to Martin Luther King Jr. through one of our most famous alumni, Benjamin E. Mays, Class of 1920. Mays was a mentor to King and an advisor to U.S. presidents, in addition to being the president of Morehouse College for 27 years. King described Mays as “my spiritual mentor and my intellectual father,” and Mays delivered the eulogy at King’s funeral in 1968.

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, classes at Bates are canceled and special programming takes place throughout the day. We invite you to participate in this cultural moment on campus while also having the opportunity to learn more about Bates.

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Below is the schedule for the day:

8:00AM–8:30 AM Arrival and Registration Benjamin Mays ’20, 95 Russell Street
8:30AM–8:50AM Welcome
Leigh Weisenburger, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Benjamin Mays ’20, 95 Russell Street
9:00AM–10:30AM The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote
Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammed
Peter J. Gomes Chapel, 275 College Street
10:45 AM–12:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 1 MLK Day Workshops (Options)
A Cultural Debt: Black Music, Intellectual Property, and Cultural Appropriation (Workshop)Activities Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for Children and Their Caregivers (Workshop)Addressing the Earliest Educational Injustices: How Unconscious Bias Feeds the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline (Workshop)

Maine-Wabanaki REACH: Writing a Different History for Our Future (Panel)

Policing in the South and Communities of Color: The Need to Repair a Legacy of Harm (Presentation)

The Role Implicit Bias Plays in Advancing Racial Equity (Presentation)

How Nontraditional Education Helps Repair the Harms of America’s Racial Inequality as a Component of the Mass Incarceration Crisis (Presentation)

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Lunch in Commons (11AM-12PM)
Free with Meal Pass Provided

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Campus Tour  (11AM-11:45PM)
The tour will begin and end at the Office of Admission, 23 Campus Avenue

 

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Room G52

 

Ladd Library, 48 Campus Avenue
Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Room G65

Hedge Hall, Room 106

 

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, G21

Commons, 136 Central Ave, Room 226

Commons, 136 Central Ave., Room 221

 

Commons, 136 Central Avenue

 

Office of Admission, 23 Campus Avenue

12:15PM–1:15PM Admission and Financial Aid Information Session

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Book Discussion – Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (12:30PM-1:15PM)

 Office of Admission, Lindholn House, 23 Campus Avenue

 

Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Room 221-222

1:00PM–1:50PM Bates Voices: Honoring MLK Jr. (Readings by Students and Faculty)

ORLunch in Commons
Free with Meal Pass ProvidedOR

Campus Tour (1:15PM-2:00PM)
The tour will begin and end at the Office of Admission, 23 Campus Avenue
 Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Fireplace Lounge

 

Commons, 136 Central Avenue

 

Office of Admission, 23 Campus Avenue

2:00PM-3:00 PM Session II MLK Day Workshops (Options)
‘Comfort Women’/Military Sex Slaves/Halmoni: Reparations, Responsibility, and Representation (Presentation)
The Peace Process in Colombia: Displaced Population, Violence, and Resistance (Presentation)


Reparation Owed: A Conversation on Bates’ Institutional Amends (Workshop)

‘Wada-yaal’: Peace and Reconciliation Through Traditional Somali Music and Poetry (Presentation)

Fighting for Civil Rights and Racial Justice in the Courtroom (Presentation)

Discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Case for Reparations’ (Workshop)

Rethinking Reparations: Bending the Arc of Athletics Towards Justice (Workshop)

Bates College Built by Slaves (Workshop)

 

Hedge Hall, Room 106

 

Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Room 221

 

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Room 65

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Road G10

Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Room 221

Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Room 226

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Room G52

Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road, Room G21

3:45PM-5:00PM The Rev. Benjamin Elijah Mays ’20 Debate
Tickets Required
 Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell Street, Concert Hall
5:15PM-6:30PM Come Together on the Dancew Floor: A Hip Hop Dance Workshop
 Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College Street
7:30PM The Evening Program: Sankofa Presents All That We Are: The Afro-Woman’s Story (Performance)
Tickets Required
 Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College Street

For more information on specific programming and ticket information, please see here.

Parking

We recommend that you park in the 141 Russell Street Parking Lot, behind Merrill Gymnasium.


 

If you cannot make the open house on January 18, 2016, check out how Bates student Alex Bolden of Cleveland, Ohio, prepares a group of student artists for an annual highlight of MLK Day at Bates: a performance by the group Sankofa.

‘Nothing in the World That You Cannot Do’: Preparing for Sankofa and MLK Day from Bates College on Vimeo.