MLK Weekend of Service

MLK Weekend of Service

January 15th – 18th, 2016

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

 

MLK Weekend of Service List of Registered Projects

Friday January 15th

Hands on Nashville

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Volunteers will be administering an interactive pre-test to students involved in the EcoLab afterschool garden club at STEM Prep Academy, a host site for Hands on Nashville’s urban agriculture programming. Volunteers will interact directly with middle school kids, strengthening Hands on Nashville’s educational impact, which endeavors to educate kids about healthy food and how to grow it.

Saturday January 16th

The Afterschool Program (TAP)

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TAP was given a $10,000 grant to spend before the end of 2015. We spent the money on supplies, games and new books for the students, as well as furniture to store all of this. This day will be spent “building” the new resource library and organizing everything we have purchased. We will be putting together furniture, leveling books according to grade level, organizing and cleaning out the current place, and basically turning the resource room into a full-functioning library!!

Vanderbilt Students Volunteering for Science

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

We shall be assembling LEGO lessons kits for rural county classrooms in Nashville. These will be incorporated into their lessons by their teachers.

Nashville Dress for Success

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We will be putting together “Glamour Bags” filled with deodorant, shampoo, body wash, tooth paste, tooth brushes and other essentials for women seeking employment. During our service we will be putting together the bags to be delivered at a later date to the YWCA the following week.

Nashville Tools for Schools

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We will be helping to build or repair school tools (desks/tables, coat racks, etc.) for underprivileged schools in the Nashville area.

Joint Day of Service with Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, TSU, and Trevecca

11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Join 200 volunteers from Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to alleviate hunger in Middle TN, around the nation and throughout the world through donating and sorting food at Second Harvest, Feed the Children and a sweet potato drop, working in urban gardens including The Nashville Food Project and Trevecca Urban Farm and an art project with homeless veterans in our community in collaboration with Room In The Inn’s veteran’s program.

We’ll gather at Second Harvest Food Bank for fellowship, orientation, and a kick-off rally before dividing into groups and going to the service projects.  We’ll assemble together again afterwards for a time of reflection and celebration.

Sing Me a Story Foundation

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Stories written by kids in hospitals and hospices inspire songs which are used to raise money online. During this session, our Vanderbilt volunteers will be writing and recording a song (or multiple songs) inspired by a story written by someone here in Nashville. \Once a song is written, we will record it (most likely on a later date) and upload it to the Sing Me A Story website to raise money for a scholarship fund for children looking to attend music therapy sessions in Nashville. We’d like to ensure that these children are not deterred from receiving therapy by their families’ financial circumstances.

TN Association of Blind Athletes

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

We will be volunteering as referees and players for goalball practice with the TN Association of Blind Athletes-Nashville chapter.

ThriftSmart Nashville

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be sorting clothes and helping to operate a ThriftSmart store in Franklin, TN. 100% of the proceeds from sales at the store go to charity.

Hope Lodge

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alpha Phi Omega will be preparing dinner for the live-in cancer patients at the American Cancer Society- Hope Lodge. The ACS Hope Lodge provides affordable housing and services to those who bear a financial burden of enduring cancer.

 

Sunday January 17th

Second Harvest Food Bank

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be packing/organizing food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

We will be performing a concert at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Monday January 18th

Hands on Nashville

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We will be volunteering with Hands on Nashville to clean up Mill Creek, a local water way where a large amount of debris was deposited following the 2010 floods. The process of cleaning up is ongoing, so SPEAR will help HON clean up Nashville’s waterways.

 

 

2016 Teach-Ins and Reflection Session

Teach-In Session 1

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Teach In (A)
Check Your Privilege 2.0
Dr. Sheila Peters
Location:  Sarratt Cinema
This teach-in will focus on the microinsults and microaggressions that we commit in our daily interactions within our human experience. Privilege in our human interactions empowers to rise above the insults and dehumanizing behaviors. Participants will address how privilege belittles others and restricts open dialogue. In addition, participants will address how to use privilege to provide leadership in the fight for social justice.

Teach In (B)
South African Campuses in Color
Dr. Clive Mentzel
Location:  Benton Chapel Reading Room
This teach-in will focus on racial issues on South African Campuses, the dynamics between students of varying color, symbolism and reality, what real transformation means and how South African students mobilize to make transformation a reality after centuries of apartheid.  The session will utilize real-life case studies and reflection on current events in academic settings to delve into comparative social change in a country ravaged and traumatized by the ongoing effects of centuries of discriminatory practices in comparable institutional settings.  The primary objective of this session is to provide greater understanding of the experiences of black students to perhaps improve the university goal of a more inclusive campus culture.

Teach In (C)
Vanderbilt in Black and White
Dr. Rosevelt Noble
Location:  Ingram Commons MPR
This teach-in will focus on racial issues at Vanderbilt, more specifically the dynamics between black and white students.  The session will utilize a plethora of information from the Lost in the Ivy research project such as video clips (seniors and alumni), the alumni survey and other historical artifacts.  Additionally, the session will be interactive by engaging the audience through enlightened discussion and real time survey responses using Poll Everywhere.  The primary objective of this session is to provide greater understanding of the experiences of black students to perhaps improve the university goal of a more inclusive campus culture.

Teach-In Session 2

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Teach In (D)

How to Talk About Race, Part II
Greg Fontus
Ingram Commons-MPR
This teach-in will be an interactive discussion to deepen the level of authentic dialogue about race. It is designed to help individuals develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of race by building an awareness of how societal constructs influence the race conversation. Individuals should walk away feeling empowered to engage in these crucial conversations.

Teach In (E)
Spiritual Activism
Dr. Katharine Baker, Associate Director, Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
Location:  Benton Chapel Reading Room

This teach-in will explore a “radical spirituality for a radical generation,” a spirituality that joins contemplation and action, mysticism and prophecy, to inspire and empower young agents of social justice. Vocation, spiritual practices and new forms of activism will be considered through conceptual discussions and practical exercises. Join us to explore your prophetic possibilities.

Teach In (F)
In Honor of Disruption: Civil Disobedience and the Makings of a Movement
Carlin Rushing and D.J. Hudson
Location:  Sarratt Cinema
The sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement and the die-ins of the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate the centrality of civil disobedience within social movements. These acts of intentional disruption show the productive disturbance that protest creates. Through interactive discussion and activities, participants will leave with an authentic understanding of how civil disobedience is essential for just social change.

 

Conclude the Teach-In Sessions with a Reflection Session

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Reflections on Service and Social Justice •
OACS Lounge (305 Sarratt/Rand)
Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

Students, faculty and staff who dedicated time to service over the weekend are invited to reflect with us on their experiences through the lens of our great social justice leaders.

 

2016 Schedule of Events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vanderbilt University Commemoration

January 18, 2016

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Series was established in 1985 at Vanderbilt University as a celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorating Rev. Dr. King’s life and legacy, the University community will gather together on this national holiday for a series of programs including: participation in the city-wide march, community service, educational forums and lectures. In honoring Rev. Dr. King, Vanderbilt University affirms its own commitment to the goals of peace and racial justice to which Rev. Dr. King dedicated his life.

“Apathy to Action:  Activism, Allyship and Anti-Racism”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

In our nation today, there is a call to action. That call has been articulated in school classrooms, on college campuses and across America.  The images of that call are indelible, as slogans such as  “Black Lives Matter,” and names such as “Mizzou” conjure up recent media coverage of protests and controversies.  Our theme for MLK Day is thus a timely response, a call for us to come together to discuss how we, as a community, can respond to the clear need for activism and allyship in the continuing fight against injustice of all kinds.

Schedule of Events

For the most up-to-date information, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

Friday, January 15th

Black Cultural Center MLK Kickoff Luncheon

12:00 p.m. • Black Cultural Center Auditorium

Come out and enjoy great food and fellowship as we officially kick off the MLK Commemoration.

Friday – Sunday, January 16-18

MLK Weekend of Action

OACS invites you to join the Vanderbilt community in a weekend of action and reflection as we honor the contributions of Dr. King in seeking justice and challenging the discourse on civil (dis)obedience.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join us for projects that address specific community needs through intentional service and action.  For more info please link to: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/serve-in-nashville/weekends-of-service/mlk-weekend-of-service/

Monday, January 18th

10:00 a.m.

Nashville Freedom March

Leaving from The Ingram Commons at Murray Circle and Kirkland Circle (Breakfast Refreshments)

Buses for the 2016 Freedom March arrive for pick up at 9:15 a.m. at Kirkland Circle and Murray Circle in The Ingram Commons.  The buses depart campus at 9:30 a.m. and transport students to the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church and 28th Avenue North. The march will start at 10:00 a.m., and will arrive at TSU’s Gentry Center at 12 Noon. Immediately after the march, buses will be available from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the TSU’s Gentry Center to transport students back to campus.

11:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Nashville Freedom Ride

Leaving from Branscomb Circle

Nashville Freedom Rider Kwame Lillard will conduct a tour of significant sites in the civil rights movement in Nashville.

11:30-11:45     • Students check in at Branscomb

12:00 p.m.       • Lunch at Harper’s Soul Food Restaurant

1:00-5:00 p.m.  • Tour by Kwame Lillard and Sandra Brown

11:30 a.m.

MLK Lunchtime Symposium • Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

Tim Wise
Introduction by Justin Hua

Title of address

For full bio please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

In-Conjunction Activity

12:00 p.m.

Rising Above the Scars:
My Journey to overcoming adversity and how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s teachings mirror my journey.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine and School of Nursing

Dr. Rita K. Adeniran, President and CEO of Innovative and Global Solutions

208 Light Hall

Lunch served first come, first served.  Free and open to the public.

For full bio please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

School of Nursing and Medical School Keynote Speaker (In conjunction activity)

Afternoon Service Opportunities with the School of Nursing and Medical School following Speaker.

For full bio please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

Afternoon Teach-Ins

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Teach In (A)

Check Your Privilege 2.0

Location TBD

Dr. Sheila Peters

This session focuses on the microinsults and microaggressions that we commit in our daily interactions within our human experience.  Privilege in our human interactions empowers to rise above the insults and dehumanizing behaviors.  Participants will address how privilege belittles others and restricts open dialogue.  In addition, participants will address how to use privilege to provide leadership in the fight for social justice.

Teach In (B)

South African Campuses in Colour

This teach-in will focus on racial issues on South African Campuses, the dynamics between students of varying color, symbolism and reality, what real transformation means and how South African students mobilize to make transformation a reality after centuries of apartheid.  The session will utilize real-life case studies and reflection on current events in academic settings to delve into comparative social change in a country ravaged and traumatized by the ongoing effects of centuries of discriminatory practices in comparable institutional settings.  The primary objective of this session is to provide greater understanding of the experiences of black students to perhaps improve the university goal of a more inclusive campus culture.


Location TBD

Dr. Clive Mentzel

Description

Teach In (C)

Vanderbilt in Black and White
Location TBD

Dr. Rosevelt Noble

This teach-in will focus on racial issues at Vanderbilt, more specifically the dynamics between black and white students.  The session will utilize a plethora of information from the Lost in the Ivy research project such as video clips (seniors and alumni), the alumni survey and other historical artifacts.  Additionally, the session will be interactive by engaging the audience through enlightened discussion and real time survey responses using Poll Everywhere.  The primary objective of this session is to provide greater understanding of the experiences of black students to perhaps improve the university goal of a more inclusive campus culture.

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Teach In (D)

How to Talk About Race, Part II

Ingram Commons-MPR

Greg Fontus

Mr. Fontus will lead an interactive discussion to deepen the level of authentic dialogue about race. This teach-in is designed to help individuals develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of race by building an awareness of how societal constructs influence the race conversation. Individuals should walk away feeling empowered to engage in these crucial conversations.

Teach In (E)
Spiritual Activism

Location TBD

Dr. Katharine Baker

Associate Director, Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership

This session will explore a “radical spirituality for a radical generation,” a spirituality that joins contemplation and action, mysticism and prophecy, to inspire and empower young agents of social justice. Vocation, spiritual practices and new forms of activism will be considered through conceptual discussions and practical exercises. Join us to explore your prophetic possibilities.

Teach In (F)
In Honor of Disruption: Civil Disobedience and the Makings of a Movement

Carlin Rushing

Location TBD

The sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement and the die-ins of the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate the centrality of civil disobedience within social movements. These acts of intentional disruption show the productive disturbance that protest creates. Through interactive discussion and activities, participants will leave with an authentic understanding of how civil disobedience is essential for just social change.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reflections on Service and Social Justice •OACS Lounge (305 Sarratt/Rand)

Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

Students, faculty and staff who dedicated time to service over the weekend are invited to reflect with us on their experiences through the lens of our great social justice leaders.

For more info please link to: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/2013/12/mlk-jr-weekend-of-action/

4:10 – 5:10 p.m.

In-Conjunction Activity

A Promise to Keep:  Educating Our Highest Risk Students
Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building

Dr. Julie A. Washington
Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education @ Communication Disorders
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Georgia State University

Register at: vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/events

6:30 p.m.

Vigil • Langford Auditorium

Candlelight Vigil

Join us for an inspirational interfaith service that bears witness to the shining light that Dr. Martin Luther King was in our world and to the continuing light of his legacy among us. Vanderbilt University and Divinity School students will lead this service. Thanks to Professor Rev. Dr. Dale Andrews and Assistant Dean Rev. Dr. Amy Steele for coordinating the planning of this service.

6:45 p.m.

MLK Middle and High School Essay Contest Winners’ Recital and Nashville’s “Spoken Word”

For complete essays and poems please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

7:00 p.m.

Keynote Address

Welcome by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
Introductions by Taylor McMahan, Black Student Association President and Elizabeth Shahnasarian, Vanderbilt Student Government President
MLK Keynote:  Rev. James Lawson
Title of Keynote

General admission tickets are free and available January 4th at the Sarratt Box Office. For info
on ticket availability, call 615-322-2425.

In Conjunction Activities

A Promise to Keep:  Educating Our Highest Risk Students
Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building

Dr. Julie A. Washington
Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education @ Communication Disorders
Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Georgia State University

Register at: vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/events

Wednesday, January 20th

The System is Working the Way It’s Supposed To: The Limits of Criminal Justice Reform
12:05 PM
Vanderbilt Law School’s Flynn Auditorium

Professor Paul D. Butler
Georgetown Law School

Please contact Antoinette.bolden@vanderbilt.edu or 615.322.9800.

Box lunches available and this event is free and open to the public

12:00 p.m.

Rising Above the Scars:
My Journey to overcoming adversity and how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s teachings mirror my journey.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine and School of Nursing

Dr. Rita K. Adeniran, President and CEO of Innovative and Global Solutions

208 Light Hall

Lunch served first come, first served.  Free and open to the public.

For full bio please visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

We would like to thank all of our gracious sponsors.  For a complete listing of sponsors as well as speaker bios and other information please go to our website at: www.vanderbilt.edu/mlk.

 

MLK Weekend of Service 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MLK Weekend of Service 2015!  In total, we had 226 students, faculty, and staff who served 720 hours to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.