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Celebrating Black History

MLK Celebration Photo

Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loyola University Chicago was excited to host a mix of in-person and virtual programming to celebrate Black History in 2022. We were pleased to continue our annual recognition of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the week of January 24, 2022. Additionally, in commemoration of Black History Month, we continued our celebration throughout the month of February. The 2022 theme was Building a More Beloved Community.

Building a More Beloved Community

Loyola Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, as well as members of the Chicago community are invited to join us for a host of familiar activities including the Interfaith Dialogue program, Service Days, and acclaimed speakers. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome back the popular Book Discussion event.

As you continue planning your spring semester calendar, we encourage you to bookmark and regularly check this webpage to access details along with registration information for each virtual event below.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Executive Sponsors

  • Winifred Williams, PhD
  • Dominique Jordan Turner

Planning Committee

  • Black Cultural Center – Spencer Pritchard
  • Campus Ministry – Thomas Chillikulam, SJ, PhD 
  • Community Service and Action – Hannah Sternig
  • Civic Engagement  – Summur Roberts
  • Diversity and Inclusion  – Marshawn Brown, Mark Torrez, PhD
  • Human Resources  – Ariana Lewis
  • School of Communications – Doretha Tyler-Gant
  • School of Law  – LaTrina Porter
  • Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs  – James Thomas

CBH CELEBRATION OVERVIEW

The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce a series of 2022 Celebrating Black History programming that began the week of January 24. In alignment with our theme, Building a More Beloved Community, events and activities demonstrated how participants advance social justice in the spirit of closing inequity gaps and fostering advocacy and community development through their professional practice and/or research.

  • MLK Service Days (Virtual) | Beginning January 28, 2022 
  • Speaker Series
  • Interfaith Dialogue (Virtual) | February 9 (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST) | Recording Available | Review the Transcript
  • A Discussion with Tressie McMillan Cottom (Author of "Thick") | February 23 (1:00PM CST) | 
  • Book Discussion (Virtual) | February 28 (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST)

MLK SERVICE DAYS (JANUARY 28)

Greetings Ramblers! The Executive Council on Diversity & Inclusion and the CBH Committee invited the the University community to participate in Loyola University Chicago's annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In alignment with our commitment to work and live for and with others in the name and spirit of Dr. King, the 2022 MLK Service Days program took place virtually through shared service opportunities that were designed to expand upon existing community efforts.

Volunteer Locations (Beginning January 28, 2022)
Based on comfort and availability, we encouraged you to register online to help us help others through supporting one or more volunteer locations.

  • Virtual Opportunities - This time of social distancing has been difficult and lonely for many of us, including individuals with disabilities or those experiencing homelessness during this pandemic. To alleviate some of that loneliness in a safe way, we at Loyola have engaged in letter writing campaigns. We encouraged you to take some time out of your day to create a card for individuals with the following organizations. More information and tips for making cards can be found here
    • Envision Unlimited (An organization working with adults with disabilities including within living communities)
    • Cardz for Kidz (creating cards for youth experiencing illness)
    • Be My Eyes (A video conferencing app used for individuals with sight challenges)
  • Making lunches/Donating Meals - If you found yourself in a situation where you could assist (from a distance) by providing and preparing bag lunches for individuals experiencing food insecurity, we encouraged volunteers to sign-up for this option. This included providing at least 50 meals.

Note: Volunteers that were interested in a particular type of service opportunity with an alternative organization were invited to email cbh@luc.edu.

SPEAKER SERIES

We are excited to share that the Celebrating Black History program included a Speaker Series highlighting inspiring guests dedicated to advancing social justice in the spirit of supporting diverse community development, eliminating economic gaps, and promoting enriched scholarship access & opportunities. We encouraged everyone to attend Speaker events, and check this section frequently to learn more about Speaker events.

  • Alderwoman Maria Hadden (49TH Ward) | Monday, January 24 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM CST
  • adrienne maree brown
    • On Thursday, February 24 from 11:00AM - 12:00PM CST, Loyola hosted a virtual discussion with adrienne maree brown, author of Loyola’s 2022 Celebrating Black History book selection, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice. As an author, podcast host, and public speaker, adrienne’s energy and experience is guaranteed to engage attendees in a thought-provoking and action-oriented discussion.

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE (FEBRUARY 9)

The Interfaith Dialogue program took place via Zoom on Wednesday, February 9 from 12:00PM - 1:00PM CST. Participants had an opportunity to engage in discussion with faith-based leaders, including keynote speaker, Joseph A. Brown, S.J., PhD. This included discovering how various faiths, including Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism, engage in the work of building a more beloved community through a spiritual lens. The LUC community can explore the recording or transcript.

A DISCUSSION WITH TRESSIE MCMILLAN COTTOM (AUTHOR OF "THICK") - FEBRUARY 23

In tandem with LUC's 2021-2023 Rambler ReadThick: And Other Essays, Student Academic Services invited you to attend a conversation via Zoom with the Author and Professor (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Tressie McMillan Cottom, PhDon February 23 at 1:00PM CST. 

Dr. McMillian Cottom is a Sociologist and MacArthur Fellow that is committed to sharing her multi-disciplinary expertise across intersections including higher education, class and others.

BOOK DISCUSSION - SEE THE 2022 SELECTION (FEBRUARY 28)

Students, faculty, and staff were invited to join us in discussing the 2022 CBH book selection, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by adrienne maree brown, on Monday, February 28 from 12-1:30 p.m. Virtual event participants had an opportunity to address the topic of cancel culture while exploring how transformative justice-inspired activities can encourage and support productive conversations and outcomes to address and heal from harmful experiences. Registration was made available, including an option to receive a free copy of the book, along with participating in the discussion and/or joining us as a Facilitator (January 24)! The recommended reading can also be purchased online or at your favorite local bookstore.

Description from PublisherOriginating as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to address harm and take down powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, call outs are seen by some as having gone too far. But what is "too far" when you're talking about imbalances of power and patterns of harm? And what happens when people in social justice movements direct their righteous anger inward at one another?  

In We Will Not Cancel Us, movement mediator adrienne maree brown reframes the discussion for us, in a way that points to possible paths beyond this impasse. Most critiques of cancel culture come from outside the milieus that produce it, sometimes even from its targets. However, brown explores the question from a Black, queer, and feminist viewpoint that gently asks, how well does this practice serve us? Does it prefigure the sort of world we want to live in? And, if it doesn't, how do we seek accountability and redress for harm in ways that reflect our values?

Book Reading
Sponsored book distribution for LUC Faculty, Staff, and Students was made available beginning December 13. Additionally, below are retailers that may have the book available for purchase: 

Book Review - Reflection 
After reading the 2022 selection, as an application of Building a More Beloved Community, we invited the community to share your summative and/or creative reflections.

MLK Celebration Photo

Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loyola University Chicago was excited to host a mix of in-person and virtual programming to celebrate Black History in 2022. We were pleased to continue our annual recognition of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the week of January 24, 2022. Additionally, in commemoration of Black History Month, we continued our celebration throughout the month of February. The 2022 theme was Building a More Beloved Community.

Building a More Beloved Community

Loyola Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, as well as members of the Chicago community are invited to join us for a host of familiar activities including the Interfaith Dialogue program, Service Days, and acclaimed speakers. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome back the popular Book Discussion event.

As you continue planning your spring semester calendar, we encourage you to bookmark and regularly check this webpage to access details along with registration information for each virtual event below.