Hope and Togetherness: January 17, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Carthage celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

Focusing on the theme of hope and togetherness, the 2022 Celebration included campus-wide activities and a community gathering.

Carthage’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is a culminating event for the 2021-22 Carthage celebration of 75 Years of Black Excellence. The MLK Day Celebration encourages reflection into action and kicks off the annual spring Red Bracelet Project. Throughout the semester, the community is invited to attend a number of events to further our work to fully live up to our stated values, positively impact our campus community, and help manifest MLK’s dream of a world that works for everyone.

Questions? Email Vice President for Inclusion Michele Hancock at mhancock@carthage.edu.

Read our community’s MLK Day messages

MLK Day Activities

11 a.m.-Noon, 1-2 p.m.

In-Class Reflection and Activities
Classrooms and staff offices
Every instructor will build a tie of reflection into their course syllabus, engage students in relevant discussions based on Dr. King’s core tenets. Staff offices and departments will also gather for discussion as well.
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2:30-3:30 p.m.

A Community Gathering
A. F. Siebert Chapel
The campus is invited to join us via livestream for a Community Gathering, featuring student speakers, music, and a message from President Swallow. Professor Julius Crump will serve as our featured keynote speaker.


Faculty and staff during the 2020 MLK Day Celebration.

A presentation during the 2020 MLK Day Celebration.

 Carthage faculty, staff, and students participate in the MLK Day Celebration in 2020. 

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Red Bracelet Project

To show solidarity in the Carthage community, during the time of dealing with the global pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, we will give out red bracelets from Pura Vida (Pure Life) to students, faculty, and staff members who want to participate in the Red Bracelet Project. These bracelets symbolize the fight for justice. They symbolize our mission of creating a world where all people can flourish. They symbolize that not just one person can do this work, but that it is a community effort to imagine a new way of being and then make our dreams into our way of life. They will symbolize a commitment to anti-racism work at Carthage.

Red bracelets will be handed out during MLK Community Gathering on Jan. 17, 2022, as well as through the Center for Faith and Spirituality and the Division of Student Affairs Office. Students can track their attendance at a Red Bracelet Project event on The Harbor and will earn a special t-shirt by attending “Red Bracelet” events.

“African slaves and their descendants discerned something in the Bible that was neither at the center of their ancestral cultures nor in evidence in their hostile American home, a warrant for justice in the world. They found woven in the texts of the Bible a crimson thread of divine justice antithetical to the injustice they had come to know all too well.” — Allen Dwight Callahan, The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible, [iv].

Stay tuned for a list of 2022 Red Bracelet Project events!

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Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

MLK Day Hedberg Library display HEDBERG LIBRARy

Staff at Hedberg Library pulled resources from our print book collection to celebrate Dr. King, his contributions, and Black History Month. If you are on campus, please take a moment to browse the titles on display inside the entrance of the library and maybe even borrow ones that interest you.