SMU is celebrating Black History Month 2017 with a variety of programs and presentations.
Events include film screenings, panel discussions, professional networking and many other activities, including the traditional Black Excellence Ball on Saturday, Feb. 25, sponsored by the Black Alumni of SMU and the Association of Black Students.
The observance is coordinated by the Association of Black Students and SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke on the campus of SMU, the visionary civil rights leader’s visit will be celebrated by the University community as part of the Jan. 15-21 Dream Week activities surrounding Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“This is an opportunity for us as an SMU community to join the rest of the country in celebrating and commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” says Director of Multicultural Student AffairsCreston Lynch. “Whether it’s participating in the MLK Day of Service, parade, or any of the week’s programs, there are plenty of chances to reflect in different ways on the issues relating to social justice and equity that Dr. King stood for.”
Headlining the list of SMU Dream Week activities is an appearance by Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, who will speak about the origins of the social justice movement at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hughes-Trigg Commons.
DREAM WEEK SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JAN. 15 SMU presents Dallas Civil Rights Museum with memorabilia from 1966 MLK campus appearance
A contingent of SMU representatives, including Student Body President Carlton Adams, Association of Black Students President D’Marquis Allen and former Student Senate Chair Charles Cox, who introduced King before his speech at SMU, will present a transcript of the speech and a photo from the event to the Dallas Civil Rights Museum at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
SATURDAY, JAN. 16 SMU Participates in Dallas’ 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
SMU President R. Gerald Turner will participate in the MLK Community Center’s annual fundraiser by telling the story of how King was invited and came to speak at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966.
MONDAY, JAN. 18 SMU Participates in the Dallas Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade
Starting Point: 10 a.m. at the intersection of Holmes St. and Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. About: SMU administrators, faculty and students will participate in the annual Dallas parade and celebration. Led by the Mustang Band, participants will include former SMU Student Senate Chair Charles Cox, who introduced King when he spoke at the University 50 years ago, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner. Alumni of SMU’s annual spring break Civil Rights Pilgrimage, members of the SMU Student Senate, incoming SMU Vice President for Student Affairs Pamela Anthony, SMU Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad Cheves and SMU student athletes and coaches also will join the parade.
About: SMU students, faculty and staff will join others across the country in a national day of service. Opportunities include building fun and educational environments for children at SPARK!, organizing and restocking a Brother Bill’s Helping Hand grocery store that provides free food to more than 300 families per week, building ramps at homes of those with physical disabilities and helping prepare items for the Dallas region’s homeless. Brunch and transportation provided. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Community Engagement and Leadership.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 Commemorative Unity Walk on SMU campus
Starting Point: Noon at Hughes-Trigg Commons, 3140 Dyer St., Dallas, 75205 About: SMU President R. Gerald Turner and student leaders will lead the annual Unity Walk, a demonstration of the University’s support of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work. All members of the SMU community are invited to join the walk, which will begin at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, continue around Bishop Boulevard and return to Hughes-Trigg. The time together is a demonstration of commitment as a university to the work of Dr. King.
An Evening with Alicia Garza
About: Alicia Garza is co-founder of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. At 5:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg, she will talk about the process of creating and spreading the hash tag that branded the movement, the controversy behind it, and her personal experiences in the social justice movement.
THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Film Screening: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
About: “Brother Outsider” examines the life of Bayard Rustin, King’s right-hand man and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rustin had a significant influence on the civil rights movement, but rarely served as a public spokesman due to his homosexuality and involvement in an interracial relationship. Sponsored by SMU’s Women and LGBT Center at 1:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg.
SMU will observe Latino Heritage Month 2015 with food, music, dancing, family activities, a holiday celebration and a voter registration drive.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 with Viva America, an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Highlights will include Latin food, live performances, a DJ and dancing.
Other events include:
A voter registration drive on Monday, Sept. 22 at the West Bridge, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, organized by College Hispanic American Students (CHAS), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
The traditional Family Weekend La Familia Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
A Dias de los Muertos party with food, drink and holiday activities on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
Latino Heritage Month is sponsored by SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Visit them online at smu.edu/multicultural.
“This is not only CLA’s 75th convention and the centennial of Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander’s birth, but it’s also the centennial of SMU’s opening,” says CLA host committee chair Darryl Dickson-Carr, associate professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College.
“Walker Alexander was the direct inspiration for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, as its founder, Curtis King, was her student and protégé,” Dickson-Carr says. “The CLA’s first visit to Texas in 50 years coincides with remarkable events in Dallas and SMU’s histories, and features the work of some of its best and most celebrated students.”
Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, 10 a.m., starting at Dallas City Hall. SMU administrators, faculty and students will participate in the City of Dallas’ parade – including SMU President R. Gerald Turner and alumnus Charles Cox, who as a student introduced King when he spoke at the University on March 17, 1966. (Listen to King’s speech at SMU or read the transcript. ) Alumni of SMU’s annual spring break Civil Rights pilgrimage, SMU Black Alumni members, SMU Multicultural Student Affairs representatives and SMU student athletes and coaches also will march in the parade. Find more information at MLKCelebrationDallas.org.
Sunday, Jan. 18:
SMU Student Coalition for Equity Meeting, 2 p.m., 243 Umphrey Lee Center. The Student Coalition for Equity is a grassroots social justice movement run by and for students. The group addresses issues of social injustice and seeks to create change from the bottom up.
Monday, Jan. 19:
MLK Day of Service, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., volunteer meet-up in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center at assigned times. SMU students, faculty and staff will join others across the country in a national day of service. Opportunities include preparing the Vickery Meadows Learning Center for the spring semester, building ramps at homes of those with physical disabilities and helping with landscaping at local nonprofit centers. Breakfast, lunch and transportation provided. Cosponsored by SMU’s Community Engagement and Leadership Center. Find more information at smu.edu/volunteer.
Free screening of “Selma” for SMU students, 7 p.m., Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station. SMU students can catch a free showing of this 2014 release, just nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, which explores 1965 Alabama as a battleground in the fight for suffrage for African-Americans. The screening will be followed by free pizza and a discussion with experts on the civil rights movement. Sponsored by Morrison-McGinnis Commons; register at tiny.cc/SelmaMoMac.
Tuesday, Jan. 20:
SMU Unity Walk, 12:30-1:30 p.m., starting at Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. President R. Gerald Turner and student leaders lead this annual demonstration of the University’s support for MLK’s work. All members of the SMU community are invited to join the walk from the flagpole on Bishop Boulevard to Perkins Chapel.
Wednesday, Jan. 21:
Real Talk: Conversations Around Diversity, noon, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West. With a January topic of “Is Your Voice Being Heard? Social media activism: How effective is it?,” this monthly discussion is open to students and other members of the SMU community.
Opening reception for Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights, 4-6 p.m., Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. This panel exhibition uses letters, speeches, political cartoons and news articles to showcase the career of the South African anti-apartheid and human rights activist. The exhibit runs in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center, through Feb. 20, 2015. Cosponsored by the SMU Arts + Urbanism Initiative and Embrey Human Rights Program. Find more information at the Meadows School of the Arts News and Events homepage.
Thursday, Jan. 22:
Film screening, “Mountains That Take Wings: A Conversation with Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama”, 6:30 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West. Based on exchanges in 1996 and 2008 between professor and writer Angela Davis and grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama, the film showcases the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Sponsored by SMU’s Women and LGBT Center.
French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:
March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
March 23: Nobody Else But You
March 26: Mr. Lazhar
All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule.
More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.
A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.
Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m.Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.
Day of Service, 7:30 a.m.-noon. Students will have opportunities to volunteer at Readers 2 Leaders, We Over Me Farm and the Wesley-Rankin Community Center. Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Community Engagement and Leadership.
Tuesday, Jan. 22:
Real Talk: Conversations Around Diversity, “Dream or Nightmare: How far have we come since the MLK Speech,” noon, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Portico B-C-D.
Wednesday, Jan. 23:
Unity Walk featuring remarks from SMU President R. Gerald Turner, noon. Meet at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.
Dream Week Keynote Address – Cheryl Brown Henderson, “Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy Continues,” 6 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Cheryl Brown Henderson, one of the three daughters of the late Rev. Oliver L. Brown, who along with 12 other parents led by the NAACP, filed a lawsuit against the local board of education on behalf of their children in the historic school integration case Oliver L. Brown et. al. vs. the Board of Education of Topeka. The 1954 Supreme Court decision stated that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”
Friday, Jan. 25 – Unity Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. Featured speaker for the luncheon will be Dedman College Dean William Tsutsui, who will speak on “Chasing the Asian American Dream.” Co-sponsored by the SMU Asian Council, Association of Black Students, and College of Hispanic American Students.
SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Dream Week 2012 Jan. 16-19. Sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the annual observance features a variety of activities throughout the week, including opportunities for community service and a commemorative walk.
This year’s schedule includes the traditional Day of Service Monday, Jan. 16, with volunteer projects taking place at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas LIFE and the Genesis Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.
The Dream Week kickoff event is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Featured speakers are Dennis Simon, Political Science, and Rick Halperin, Human Rights Education.
The University’s annual Unity Walk will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, starting at the Main Quad flagpole. SMU President R. Gerald Turner will offer remarks. That evening at 7:30 p.m., the SMU Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives will present a screening of Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. The award-winning documentary examines the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s from the point of view of the women who lived it and helped lead it.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, the Willson Lecture Series of SMU’s Office of the Chaplain presents Daniel White Hodge speaking on “The Hostile Gospel: Seeking the Theological Sensibilities Within Hip-Hop Culture.” The lecture takes place in the Hughes-Trigg Forum followed by a brown-bag discussion at 11:30 a.m. in Hughes-Trigg Promenades A and B.
This week, SMU also recalls Dr. King’s speech to a standing-room-only crowd in McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966. SMU News offers these related links:
Iron Constitution: SMU will observe Constitution Day Sept. 17. A copy of the preamble to the Constitution will be on display in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons throughout the day. Read more.
Magic time: The Gartner Lecture Series presents “Why Are We Here If We’re Not Magic? Residential Colleges and the Renewal of University Life” at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Julian Guevara at 8-2250.
Keeping up with human rights: The SMU Faculty Club presents Rick Halperin on “Global Status of Human Rights” in its Clubhouse Lunch series at noon Sept. 19 in the Faculty Club. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.
Welcome to Florida: SMU and Dallas’ Vistas Film Festival celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free showing of the Warner Bros. picture I Love Miami, featuring a post-screening Q&A with director Alejandro Gonzalez Padilla, at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the O’Donnell Recital Hall, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact Fernando Salazar, 8-4586. (Left, actor Juan Luis Galiardo Comes as Fidel Castro.)
Planning for Iraq: Jon Alterman, director and senior fellow of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, discusses “Thinking Small: The Way Forward in Iraq” Sept. 24 at the Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. For more information, call 8-3665.