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Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loyola University Chicago is excited to host a mix of in-person and virtual programming to celebrate Black History in 2022. We are 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 will continue our celebration throughout the month of February. The 2022 theme is 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 popular events including a Book Discussion and a LUC Faculty & Staff Research Symposium-- all virtual!  

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 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 that the 2022 Celebrating Black History programming beginning the week of January 24. In alignment with our theme, Building a More Beloved Community, events and activities will demonstrate 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 Panel (Virtual) | February 9 (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST) | Register to attend
  • Book Discussion (Virtual) | February 28 (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST) | Register to attend
    • If you are interested in Co-Facilitating a small group discussion, please register by January 24.

MLK Service Days

Greetings Ramblers! The Executive Council on Diversity & Inclusion and the CBH Committee invite you to join the University community by participating 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 will take place virtually through shared service opportunities that are designed to expand upon existing community efforts.

Volunteer Locations (Beginning January 28, 2022)
Based on comfort and availability, we encourage 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 encourage 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 find yourself in a situation where you can assist (from a distance) by providing and preparing bag lunches for individuals experiencing food insecurity, please sign up for this option. You should plan to be able to provide at least 50 meals. 

Note: If you are interested in a particular type of opportunity but would like to work with an alternative organization, please email cbh@luc.edu.   

Speaker Series

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

Zoom Registration

  • Alderwoman Maria Hadden (49TH Ward): January 24 (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST) | Register to attend
  • adrienne maree brown: February 24 | (12:00PM – 1:00PM CST) | Register to attend

Book Discussion - See the 2022 Selection

LUC Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni and the greater community are invited to participate in the Book Discussion. The 2022 selection is We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by adrienne maree brown.

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?

Registration
Register to attend the event on February 28 from 12:00PM - 1:30PM CST.

  • If you are interested in co-facilitating a small group discussion, we encourage you to register by January 24. More information will be made available about participating in a Facilitator meeting in February.

Book Reading
Sponsored book distribution for LUC Faculty, Staff, and Students is 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 invite the community to share your summative and/or creative reflections.

Interfaith Dialogue - February 9

You are invited to attend the MLK Interfaith Dialogue discussion via Zoom on February 9 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM CST. Loyola Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and the community are encouraged to register to come together to share how various faith-based activities incorporate Dr. King's principles, engage in discussion with faith-based experts, and learn about Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam, & Judaism.