Civil Rights Celebration

01/13/2018 - 01/29/2018

All events are at St. Ambrose University unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Jan. 13

6 - 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: The Time is Now "The time is always right, to do what is right."
MLK Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island

Monday, Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

St. Ambrose University will be closed in observance of the holiday. We invite students, faculty, and staff to honor this day by attending weekend or Monday events and listening to the KALA airing.

Service Project Workshop 
9 - 10 a.m., Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th St., Davenport

35th annual MLK Jr. Memorial Service & Awards "Hate is too Great a Burden to Bear"
10:30 a.m. - Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 630 9th Street, Rock Island

Unity Service
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Third Missionary Baptist Church, 222 W. 14th St., Davenport
All attendees will be served lunch after the service.

KALA Radio 88.5 FM airing of From Atlanta to the Mountain Top
Noon - 3 p.m.
Listen at 88.5 FM or at 106.1 FM; go to to listen online; or download KALA's new mobile app (see the website for directions).

Tuesday, Jan. 16

March to Remember Silent March
1-2 p.m., Starting Location: Cosgrove Hall lower level 
Join the St. Ambrose community as we participate in a silent march to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement, reflect on the impact the movement had, and consider what those efforts mean for us today. This year we will gather in the lower level of Cosgrove Hall. From there we will commence our march at the Davenport Civil Rights Marker denoting the Toney's Barber and Beauty Shop on the Southwest Corner of 11th & Ripley Streets. There will be brief stops in the Hilltop Campus Village before returning to campus. The march will be accented by song, historical accounts, and reflection. We will conclude the march at Ambrose Hall, where we invite participants to join us for hot chocolate and conversation in the BeeHive, Ambrose Hall, Lower Level.

Community Service Project
4-8 p.m. (two shifts), Davenport Community Food Pantry, JB Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main St., Davenport
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a service project at the Davenport Community Food Pantry, inside the former JB Young Intermediate School. This facility typically serves more than 100 families during one of the food pantry times. Volunteers will sign in the guests, assist at different food stations, or help get food to the guests' vehicles. Anyone interested should register for one of three options: 4-8 p.m. (preferred), 4-6 p.m., or 6-8 p.m. Email Kaitlin Depuydt to register.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Boxes and Walls
3-4 p.m., Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St.
Boxes and Walls is a campus-wide program that personalizes oppression and the importance of activism by "bringing it home" for a person walking through. Participants are led through a facilitated tour through a series of rooms. Each room is designed to focus on a group, culture or social justice concern that is historically oppressed. Throughout the session participants are completely surrounded and bombarded by a wealth of information by going through an interactive tour on the discrimination that minorities face and continue to face. The intent is to give an overwhelming view of what it is like to be part of each group both historically and in present day.

Civil Rights and Human Liberties Mass
9:15 p.m., Christ the King Chapel
Fr. Thom Hennen and the Campus Ministry staff will highlight the legacy of civil rights and human liberties work during the weekly student mass. All are welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Boxes and Walls
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St.

Friday, Jan. 19

Hands that Unite SAU
10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., SAU BeeHive

Monday, Jan. 22

Boxes and Walls
1-2 p.m., Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

I'm Not Racist
7 - 8:30 p.m., Rogalski Center
A thought-provoking music video by Joyner Lucas titled, "I'm Not Racist" was released at the end of 2017. This video chronicles an argument centered on race and racism in America. After viewing the video the group will engage in an open discussion facilitated by student leaders. Sponsored by the St. Ambrose University Student NNACP & LULAC Chapter's and MACA.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Boxes and Walls
3-4 p.m., Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Boxes and Walls
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St.

A History of LGBTQIA Healthcare Rights and a Story of one Transgender Woman's Lived Experience
7-9 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Sexual orientation has been a topic of discussion in both the mental health and political realms. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed "homosexuality" from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, but before this date, homosexuality was perceived as a mental disorder with a multitude of treatments professing to change one's sexual orientation. For some mental health practitioners and politicians, homosexuality is still perceived as a mental disorder. This talk will consist of the history of homosexuality in the DSM as well as the negative repercussions that follow the unsupported treatments known as conversion, reparative, and ex-gay therapy.

A visiting speaker will then share a personal narrative of one Quad Citian's personal journey as a transgender individual. Topics for discussion will include labels such as ‘transgender' and ‘drag queen' and how these labels differ from one individual's experience to another as well as about how public awareness of transgender individuals has shifted over time and its effects on the individual experience (e.x. gender expression, public restroom policies, etc).

Friday, January 26

Tour of the African American Museum of Iowa
8 a.m., 55 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
SAU STUDENTS ONLY. Tour the African American Museum of Iowa's permanent exhibit, Endless Possibilities, which traces Iowa's African American heritage from its origins in western Africa to the present - through slavery, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement (African American Museum of Iowa Website, 2016). The bus to the museum will depart the Rogalski Center at 7:30 a.m. and return to campus between 1 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and transportation to the museum is free for SAU students. Space is limited to 50. Register to attend by emailing Ryan Saddler. Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life & Department of Student Activities

Share Your Story
7 - 8:30 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
New Rise Entertainment will guide us through live performances, poetry and music presentations as we take a journey celebrating Black History. Presented by New Rise Entertainment. Hosted by Diversity at St. Ambrose and the Office of Intercultural Student Life.

Monday, January 29

Welcome to the Movement: Community Organizing 101
3-5 p.m., Rogalski Center
Student leaders, in both official positions and non-traditional roles, are welcome to attend this open discussion and training. This student-led event will focus on finding an initiative for student leaders to rally around during the coming semester and give basic tips about effective community organizing and movement work. RSVP to Austin Quarles.

Martin luther king, jr. in front of a crowd

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