Civil Rights Celebration

01/12/2019 - 01/25/2019

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Saturday, Jan. 12

6 - 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: "Be a light. Only in darkness can you see the stars." 
MLK Centennial Hall, Augustana College, Rock Island

Monday, Jan. 21 – Dr. 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.

Martin Luther King Service and Service Project, "From Whence We Came"
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Service Project at KWQC, 805 Brady St.
9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Civil Rights History display, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. 10th St., Davenport
11 a.m., Unity Service at Sacred Heart, followed by a free lunch
Sponsored by P.U.N.C.H, Friends of MLK, and Sacred Heart Cathedral

36th annual MLK Jr. Memorial Service and Awards: "Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear"
10:30-Noon, MLK Center, 630 9th St., Rock Island

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

Tuesday, Jan. 22

March to Remember (Silent March)
1-2 p.m., Starting Location: Christ the King Chapel, on Gaines Street between Lombard and Locust 
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. We will gather at Christ the King Chapel. From there we will commence our march to Marquette Street, commemorated by the City of Davenport as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Jim Collins '69, '16 (Hon.), will share some insights regarding the process for recognizing that designation through the sign project. We will proceed down Marquette and Locust streets, returning to campus where participants are invited for hot chocolate and conversation.

LGBTQ Laws, Support, and Accountability
7-8:30 p.m., Ambrose Hall, Beehive
Ric Tennenbaum from Iowa Safe Schools will discuss the current state of federal and Iowa LGBTQ protections. She'll discuss the importance and limits of these legal protections and then consider what we can do in our everyday lives to show up for LGBTQ people. Session will be interactive and very informative.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Courageous Conversations
1-2 p.m., Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Center
Sessions focused on social justice conversations that matter. Led by Jennifer Boedeker, Director of Field Education and Clinical Instructor, St. Ambrose University School of Social Work; Latrice Lacey, Executive Director, Davenport Civil Rights Commission.
Sponsored by the Kokjohn Fund

Civil Rights and Human Liberties Mass
9:15 p.m., Christ the King Chapel
Fr. Thom Hennen and Campus Ministry staff will highlight the legacy of civil rights and human liberties work during the weekly student mass. Prayers used will be from the "Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice" that evening. All are welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Survivor Voices
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ambrose Hall Beehive
Survivors of trafficking and other forms of violence and their allies will read poetry to raise their voices against violence. Ryan Collins of the Midwest Writing Center will MC the event and advocates from SAAT and Braking Traffik will have resources about counseling, prevention, legislative advocacy, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, or to volunteer as a reader, email
Sponsored by SAU SAAT, Triota, WGS, Family Resources Survivor Services, Braking Traffik, Midwest Writing Center

Community Service Project - River Bend Food Bank
3:15-5:45 p.m., Gather in Rogalski Center Rotunda
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a service project at the River Bend Food Bank warehouse, where food is received and distributed to food pantries in 26 Iowa and Illinois counties. We will sort donated items and pack backpacks with food for school children to take home on weekends via the "Backpack Program." Carpool transportation will be provided; if you can help driving others, please let us know when you register. Pre-register by emailing Kaitlin Bormann by January 23.

Art Exhibit "Typecast"
4-7 p.m., Morrissey Gallery, Galvin Fine Arts Center
Join artist Ben Blount as he discusses the exhibit "Typecast." Blount's work explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabble-rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work-from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Amos Kennedy. This exhibit will be in the Morrissey Gallery January 14-March 2. It is free and open to the public.

Film: "The Hate You Give"
7:30-9 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Martin luther king, jr. in front of a crowd

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