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Now is the time: MLK every day.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from "Letter From Birmingham Jail"

Carrying forward the momentum from the MLK Celebration Week, we invite you to continue these important conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as turn those words in to results throughout the year. On this page you will find resources to inspire, educate, and focus yourself on this meaningful work.

These resources will be updated throughout the year. We welcome your input. Please use the form below to send feedback and additions:

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Stay tuned for forthcoming details about the 2022 MLK Celebration.

“If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from “Keep Moving from This Mountain”

 

The following meetings and events are open to the public. If you have an event to add, please use this form to submit details.

 

The following groups hold regular recurring meetings and events that are open to the public. If you have a group to add, please use this form to submit details.

Community Group information

Group General Schedule How to Participate
MLK Monuments Project/Arts & Social Justice Committee Monthly virtual meetings Email Tami Miller - tmiller@krasl.org
Race Relations Council (RRC) Monthly virtual meetings Email Sandy and Larry Feldman - sandyandlarryfeldman@hotmail.com
Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT) Monthly virtual meetings and community forums Email ALPACT - alpactsouthwest@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page
Neighbors Organizing Against Racism Schedule of events varies Visit the Facebook page

 

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The following is a list of resources, including news articles, books, short videos, documentary and feature films, television series, podcasts and more, which explore race relations, bias, racism and current events. It is meant as a tool to explore these topics and to foster greater understanding of shared history and how it shapes our world today.

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ARTICLES

BOOKS

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2020), by Michelle Alexander
  • Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (2020), by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Lakewood: A Novel (2020), by Megan Giddings
  • Parenting for Liberation: A Guide for Raising Black Children (2020), by Trina Greene Brown
  • The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person (2020), by Frederick Joseph
  • Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities (2020), by Andre M. Perry
  • Me and White Supremacy (2020), by Layla Saad
  • Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (2019), by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide (2019) by Larry and Sandy Feldman
  • How to be an Antiracist (2019), by Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race (2019), by Ijeoma Oluo
  • The Racial Healing Handbook (2019), by Anneliese A. Singh
  • Detroit’s Birwood Wall: Hatred and Healing in the West Eight Mile Community (2019), by Gerald Van Dusen
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (2018), by Austin Channing Brown
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2018), by Ta’Nahisi Coates
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (2018) by Robin DiAngelo
  • What Truth Sounds Like (2018), by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (2018), by Eve L. Ewing
  • Small Great Things (2018), by Jodi Picoult
  • The End of Policing (2018), by Alex S. Vitale
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide (2018), by Crystal Fleming
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017), by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2017), by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The Hate U Give (2017), by Angie Thomas
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017), by Michael Eric Dyson
  • When Race Breaks Out: Conversations About Race and Racism in College Classrooms (2017), Third Edition by Helen Fox
  • The Dawn of Detroit (2017), by Tiya Miles
  • Racism Without Racists (2017), by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
  • White Rage; the Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016) by Carol Anderson
  • Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence (2016), by Derald Wing Sue
  • Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015), edited by Eddie Moore, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, and Ali Michael
  • Between the World and Me (2015), by Ta’Nahisi Coates
  • The Turner House (2015), by Angela Flournoy
  • Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice (2015), by David Pilgrim
  • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014) by Edward Baptist
  • Black Looks: Race and Representation (2014), by Bell Hooks
  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (2014), by Debby Irving
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year (2014), by Tavis Smiley, with David Ritz
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014), by Bryan Stephenson
  • Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2011), by Raymond Arsenault
  • The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (2011), by Grace Lee Boggs
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (2011), by Wes Moore
  • White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (2011), by Tim Wise
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011), by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Benign Bigotry (2010), by Kristin J. Anderson
  • What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America (2010) Peggy Pascoe
  • Letter to My Daughter (2009), by Maya Angelou
  • Can We Talk about Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2008) by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Bluest Eye (2007), by Toni Morrison
  • Sister Outsider (2007), by Audre Lorde
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (2005), by Dr. Joy DeGruy
  • Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (2005), by James W. Loewen
  • Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age (2004), by Kevin Boyle
  • Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (2003), by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism (2001), by Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R Feagin
  • The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma (1999), by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race (1999), by Matthew Frye Jacobson
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), edited by Clayborne Carson
  • From Selma to Sorrow (1998), by Mary Stanton
  • Racial Healing: Confronting the Fear Between Blacks & Whites (1996), by Harlon L Dalton
  • Killing Rage: Ending Racism (1996), by Bell Hooks
  • Invisible Man (1995), by Ralph Ellison
  • Race Matters (1993), by Cornel West
  • Black Americans (1992), by Alphonso Pinkney
  • The Fire Next Time (1992), by James Baldwin
  • Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
  • Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (1970)
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964), as told to Alex Haley
  • Discourse on Colonialism (1955), by Aimé Césaire

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

  • Clean Getaway (2021), by Nic Stone
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington (2021), by Janae Marks
  • The Undefeated (2020), by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
  • Just Like Me (2020), by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice (2020), by Mahogany L. Browne
  • I Believe I Can (2020), by Grace Byers
  • Felix Ever After (2020), by Kacen Callender
  • The Only Black Girls in Town (2020), by Brandy Colbert
  • Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration (2020), by Samara Cole Doyon
  • Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (2020), by Nikki Grimes
  • Are Your Stars Like My Stars? (2020), by Leslie Helakoski and Heidi Woodward Sheffield
  • Let Me Hear a Rhyme (2020), by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Black is a Rainbow Color (2020), by Angela Joy
  • Antiracist Baby (2020), by Ibram X. Kendi
  • What Lane? (2020), by Torrey Maldonado
  • A Good Kind of Trouble (2020), by Lisa Moore Ramée
  • Slay (2020), by Brittney Morris
  • A Girl Like You (2020), by Frank Murphy
  • Black Brother, Black Brother (2020), by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (2020), by Ben Philippe
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (2020), by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Papa, Daddy, and Riley (2020), by Seamus Kirst
  • Your Name Is a Song (2020), by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  • I Am One: A Book of Action (2020), by Susan Verde
  • Genesis Begins Again (2020), by Alicia D. Williams
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (2020), by Ibi Zoboi
  • The King of Kindergarten (2019), by Derrick Barnes
  • Hair Love (2019), by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Just Read (2019), by Lori Degman
  • Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color (2019), by Monique Fields
  • We Rise We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2019), by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • A Boy Like You (2019), by Frank Murphy
  • Say Something! (2019), by Peter H. Reynolds
  • M is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child (2019), by Tiffany Rose
  • What If?: What makes you different makes you amazing! (2019), by Sandra Magsamen
  • Finding Kindness (2019), by Deborah Underwood
  • I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (2019), by Susan Verde
  • Welcome to Our World (2018), by Moira Butterfield
  • I Am Enough (2018), by Grace Byers
  • Mixed: A Colorful Story (2018), by Arree Chung
  • Let the Children March (2018), by Monica Clark-Robinson
  • Hats of Faith (2018), by Medeia Cohan
  • What Can a Citizen Do? (2018), by Dave Eggers
  • If You’re Going to March (2018), by Martha Freeman
  • I Walk with Vanessa (2018), by Kerascoët
  • We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands (2018), by Rafael Lopez
  • Happy in Our Skin (2018), by Fran Manushkin
  • Everywhere Babies (2018), by Susan Meyers
  • Be Kind (2018), by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • All Are Welcome (2018), by Alexandra Penfold
  • Racism and Intolerance (2018), by Louise Spilsbury
  • Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights (2018), by Rob Sanders
  • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (2018), by Susan Verde
  • The Day You Begin (2018), by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Lovely (2017), by Jess Hong
  • Skin Again (2017), by Bell Hooks
  • Happy to be Nappy (2017), by Bell Hooks and Chris Raschka
  • Most People (2017), by Michael Leannah
  • What’s the Difference? (2017), by Doyin Richards
  • Can You Say Peace (2016), by Karen Katz
  • Skin Like Mine (2016), LaTashia M. Perry
  • We Came to America (2016), by Faith Ringgold
  • Amazing Faces (2015), by Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Last Stop of Market Street (2015), by Matt de la Peña
  • Peace is an Offering (2015), by Annette LeBox
  • Counting on Community (2015), by Innosanto Nagara
  • One Love (2014), by Cedella Marley
  • A is for Activist (2013), by Innosanto Nagara
  • Each Kindness (2012), by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges (2010), by Robert Coles and George Ford
  • Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (2010), by Barack Obama
  • God’s Dream (2010), by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Shades of People (2010), by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  • The Peace Book (2009), by Todd Parr
  • Let’s Talk About Race (2008), by Julius Lester
  • My America (2007), by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
  • Accept and Value Each Person (2006), by Cheri J. Meiners
  • The Skin You Live In (2005), by Michael Tyler
  • Freedom Summer (2005), by Deborah Wiles and Jerome Lagarrigue
  • The Skin You Live In (2005), by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko
  • I Am America (2003), by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
  • The Other Side (2001), by Jacqueline Woodson and E.B. Lewis
  • We’re Different, We’re the Same (1992), by Bobbi Kates
  • Amazing Grace (1991), by Mary Hoffman

PODCASTS

  • Teaching While White Podcast, hosted by longtime educators Jenna Chandler-Ward and Elizabeth Denevi, seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.
  • Time To Act: A Podcast About Diversity And Inclusion, hosted by Y-Vonne Hutchinson, features CEOs and C-suite leaders from multinational brands and regional businesses who reveal why diversity and inclusion are defining factors in a company’s growth and success.
  • Scene On Radio – Seeing White, hosted by John Biewen talks with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika in this fourteen-part podcast series.
  • NPR’s Code Switch, hosted by journalists of color, this podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. They explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.

VIDEOS

TED TALKS

DOCUMENTARIES

  • "Jim Crow of the North" (2019), YouTube
    Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created
     
  • “King In The Wilderness” (2018), Hulu
    Chronicles the final 18 months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. The documentary covers his part in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his relationship with key political figures of the time, and his assassination in 1968. Winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary.
     
  • “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” (2017), Netflix
    Marsha P. Johnson was a black trans woman described as the “Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement.” This doc focuses on her life before and after the Stonewall riots in 1969 and investigates her death. Johnson died in New York City, reportedly by committing suicide. Many believe that Johnson was murdered, possibly by the police.
     
  • “13th” (2016), Netflix, YouTube
    Director Ava DuVernay uses the words of scholars and changemakers to explore how racial inequality fuels the country’s mass incarceration levels. It was nominated for an Oscar and won best documentary from the African-American Film Critics Association Awards.
     
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016), Amazon Prime Video, Netflix
    Through the lens of James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember This House,” Samuel L. Jackson narrates this telling of the civil rights movement while reflecting on the current state of race relations. Baldwin’s words reflect his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers, as well as their stories. It was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award.
     
  • “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” (2016), Tubi
    In 1936, 18 African American athletes, dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler, participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.
     
  • “More than a Month” (2011), PBS, Amazon Prime Video
    In this 2012 documentary, African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a journey across America asking the question “Should Black History Month be ended?”
     
  • “Freedom Riders” (2011), PBS
    Based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, this two-hour documentary tells the story of the summer of 1961 when more than 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives traveling together in the segregated South to protest segregation.
     
  • “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” (2011), Amazon Prime Video
    Archival footage shot by Swedish filmmakers decades ago was found and revived for this film, which examines the anti-war and Black Power movements. Modern black activists and scholars provide commentary on the cultural and societal waves that helped bring change forward.

FEATURE FILMS

  • "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (2020), Netflix
    Based on August Wilson's play, Viola Davis stars as the blues legend in this fictionalized story that takes place in a Chicago recording studio in 1927.
     
  • “Just Mercy” (2019), YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max
    Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx depict the real-life story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan), who appealed the 1988 murder conviction of Walter McMillian (Foxx), an innocent black man.
     
  • “The Best of Enemies” (2019), Showtime, Amazon Prime Video
    Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.
     
  • “Queen & Slim” (2019), HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
    A couple's first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.
     
  • “The Hate U Give” (2018), Amazon Prime Video
    Based on the bestselling YA novel by Angie Thomas, this movie follows Starr's journey into activism after she witnesses her best friend Khalil's death at the hands of police.
     
  • "If Beale Street Could Talk" (2018), Hulu
    Based on a novel by James Baldwin, this 1970s love story centers on sweethearts Tish and Fonny from Harlem who get ripped apart when Fonny gets wrongly accused of a crime.
     
  • “Green Book” (2018), Hulu
    Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the DeepSouth by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American bouncer Frank Vallelonga who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
     
  • “Get Out” (2017), Amazon Prime Video, You Tube
    In Jordan Peele’s comedy-meets-horror film, interracial couple Chris and Rose go to visit Rose's parents for the weekend, and at first, they seem overly hospitable. But a much more sinister reality soon reveals itself.
     
  • “Mudbound” (2017), Netflix
    Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.
     
  • “Moonlight” (2016), Netflix
    In this acclaimed coming-of-age drama, a young man who grows up poor, black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood tries to find his place in the world. Winner of three Oscars, including Best Picture.
     
  • “Hidden Figures” (2016), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Disney+
    The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
     
  • “Loving” (2016), Amazon Prime Video
    Based on the landmark Supreme Court case, an interracial couple fights the law that they cannot be recognized as married in the state of Virginia.
     
  • “Selma” (2014), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes
    This film depicts Dr. King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which helped propel the Civil Rights Act of 1965 into law. It was nominated for Best Picture for the Academy Awards and received four trophies from the African-American Film Critics Association, which also dubbed it a Top 10 film of 2014.
     
  • “Dear White People” (2014), Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, YouTube
    This comedy drama uses satire as it follows the stories of four black students at a prestigious university, where a riot breaks out over a popular African-American-themed party thrown by a white fraternity.
     
  • “12 Years a Slave” (2013), Amazon Prime Video
    The true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who gets abducted and sold into slavery. After a 12-year odyssey, he meets a Canadian abolitionist who will change his life forever.
     
  • “Fruitvale Station” (2013), Amazon Prime Video
    Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan tell the true story of Oscar Grant, killed by police on the BART subway system.
     
  • “The Help” (2011), Netflix
    A young, white writer stirs up the status quo in 1960s Mississippi by interviewing black housemaids and bringing their stories to the masses.
     
  • “Remember the Titans” (2000), Amazon Prime Video, Disney+
    The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
     
  • “Do The Right Thing” (1989), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Showtime
    The comedy-drama from director Spike Lee focuses on a single day in the lives of a racially diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn on one of the hottest days of the summer. It received Oscar nominations for screenplay and supporting actor.
     
  • “In The Heat of the Night” (1967), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
    A black police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
     
  • “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967), Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
    A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.

TELEVISION SERIES

  • “Watchmen” (2019), HBO Max
    Set in an alternate history, this series based on the DC Comics focuses on events surrounding racist violence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2019

  • “When They See Us” (2019), Netflix
    Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on a true story.

  • This is Us (2016-present), NBC, Hulu
    The series follows the lives and families of two parents, and their three children, in several different time frames.

  • “Queen Sugar” (2016-present) Hulu
    This drama follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father ¬– an 800-acre sugarcane farm.

  • “Black-ish” (2014-present) ABC, Hulu
    A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

  • “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” (2013), PBS
    This Emmy Award-winning documentary series premiered in 2013 and looks at more than just black history, it explores black identity and what it means to be an African American in the U.S. today.

  • “Eyes on the Prize” (1987), Amazon Prime Video
    This award-winning, 14-hour documentary series covers all of the major events of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1985, including the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954, the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the birth of the Black Power Movement, and the courageous acts of the crusaders that contributed along the way.

  • “The Jeffersons” (1975-1985), Starz, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes
    An African-American family move into a luxury apartment building in Manhattan and develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

  • “All in the Family” (1971-1979), iTunes
    A working-class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

TELEVISION SERIES FOR CHILDREN

  • “Sesame Street” (1969-present), PBS Kids, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video
    On a special inner-city street, the inhabitants, human and muppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
     
  • “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” (2012-present), PBS KIds, Amazon Prime Video
    The adventures of the children of the characters of Fred Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
     
  • “Dora the Explorer” (2000-2019), YouTube, Vudu
    Along with her friend Monkey Boots, Dora goes on adventures.
     
  • “Doc McStuffins” (2012-present), Amazon Prime Video, Disney Now, Disney+
    In this imaginative animated series, a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom communicates with and heals broken toys and stuffed animals.

PLAYS

  • Exit Strategy (2018), by Ike Holter
  • Hamilton (2015), by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Clybourne Park (2010), by Bruce Norris
  • In the Heights (2005), by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes
  • The Color Purple (2004), by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
  • Caroline, or Change (2003), by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
  • The Piano Lesson (1990), by August Wilson
  • Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1988), by August Wilson
  • Fences (1987), by August Wilson
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1984), by August Wilson
  • A Raisin in the Sun (1959), by Lorraine Hansberry

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

OTHER RESOURCES

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Neon Movement: War on Obesity *

International Sports Sciences Association Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Exercise Therapy and Wellness Coaching. Specializing in weight loss, personal training, group fitness, online training and nutrition coaching.

Owner: Kibra Williams

Skyywalker Sensual Touch *

Husband & wife team spa service providing a one hour, sensual, four handed, full body rub down enhanced with aromatherapy and mood enhancing music and scenery. Ladies only (until staff increases to extend services to gentlemen).

Website
Owners
: Nate and Kibra Williams

Soulfully Unique *

Holistic lifestyle brand uplifting the mind, body, and spirit organically with yoga, meditation, sound bath healing, reiki healing, holistic products, and plant-based recipes.

Website
Owner: Samantha Jordan
Contact: SoulfullyUniqueinfo@gmail.com

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Skyywalker

DJ Skyywalker is a professional DJ, producer, sound engineer, song writer, rapper and radio host. Provides DJ services at nightclubs, event halls and outdoor events. Nate Skyywalker can be hired for weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversary, corporate or community events.

Website
Owner
: Nate Williams

Its Buddha Productions

Music production and creative consultation services.

Website
Owner
: Billy Coleman III

WSMK

Website
Owner
: Marion Williams (manager Marci Taylor)
Address: 925 N 5th Street or 920 Phillips Road
Phone: (260) 683-4487

REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE

Global Gaddy Realty Group*

Owners: Althea “Candy” and Wil Gaddy
Call or text: (269) 369-1234

Becky Brown at Edward Jones

Address: 213 E Main Street, Niles, MI
Phone: (269) 684-6418

Cindy McCall at AAA Insurance

Address: 815 E Main Street, Niles, MI
Phone: 683-3500

DIGITAL MEDIA

Reasonz 2 Share, Digital Media Services, LLC

Photography and video production and services.

Owner: Diandre Hureskin
Call or text: (269) 210-1420
Email: reasonz2share@gmail.com

FOOD

Shef Lyfe Creations

Homemade southern style food & desserts from scratch - all custom and handmade.

Owner: Shavarr Goodloe
Call or text: (269) 932-5757

Evelyn Mae’s BBQ

Specialty meats, event catering and homestyle BBQ.

Website
Owner
: Anton Lockett
Address: 401 North Street, Saint Joseph, MI
Call or text: (407) 233-7848
Email: evelynmaesbbq@gmail.com

Moorehouse Grill*

Barbeque to go.

Website
Owner
: Danetta Randolph

Katharos Catering

Website
Owner:
Cynthia Gallero
Address: 219 N 4th Street, Niles, MI
Phone: 269-340-0316

FASHION

Love To Embrace*

Online plus-size boutique.

Website
Owner: Raquesha Crossley

EVENT PLANNING

Magical Memories Wedding and Event Planning*

Wedding and event planning.

Website
Owner: Apollonia Williams

Unique Elegance*

Wedding and event planning.

Website
Owner
: LaShonda Holton
Address: 520 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor
Phone: (269) 449-8289

HAIR/SELF-CARE

Twisted Sista’s Natural Hair Care*

Website
Owner
: Sheri Robinson
Address: Divine Hair Salon, 1682 Berrien Street, Benton Harbor, MI
Call or text: (269) 757-4314

R Love Artistry*

Certified/licensed eyelash technician, cosmetic teeth whitening and trainer.

Website
Owner
: Roneshia Love
Call or text: (269) 363-9926

Abisayo’s Beautiful Braiding Boutique*

Website
Owner
: Abisayo Muhammad
Address: 151 Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI
Call or text: (269) 861-6506

Faithful Style Hair Studio

Owner: Danelle Hayes
Address: 24 N 3rd Street, Niles, MI
Phone: 269-357-7126

In the Cut Barbershop

Owner: Eric Williams
Address: 507 Sycamore Street, Niles, MI
Phone: (269) 687-9532

BAKED GOODS AND SWEET TREATS

Cakes by Christina

Custom cakes.

Website
Owner: Christina Williams
Phone: (269) 308-0086

Treat Me Sweetly, LLC*

Specializing in dipped fruits, decorative arrangements, sweet treats & artistry for any occasion

Website
Owner
: Dwana Olivia
Email: treatmesweetly@yahoo.com

Lena’s Decadent Desserts and Treats *

Website
Owner
: Alberlena Adams

LIFE COACHING

Kingdom Business ETC*

Kingdom Business ETC is a minority, women owned and operated community outreach service provider.  Our mission is to ignite purpose in the clients we serve and open doors to paths beyond barriers.  We provide an array of life enrichment programs to at-risk youth which include but are not limited to life skills training, workforce development, financial literacy and most importantly self-discovery.  Additionally, we provide personal and business development to minority women.  Our service delivery includes: one on one coaching, workshops, seminars and community projects.

Website
Contact
: KC Johnson
Location: Serving Southwest Michigan
Email:kcjohnson@kingdombusinessetc.com
Phone:269-363-1465
Facebook: Kingdom Business ETC

MLK Week - Artistic Expressions

Artists around the community were encouraged to submit their creative reflections on Dr. King’s "Letter From Birmingham Jail" or our central theme of “Now Is the Time.”

Submit your own Artistic Reflection using this form.

Artists are asked to provide their age to add context for the viewer - to illustrate, for example, whether they lived through the civil rights movement.

Visual Art

Stenciled words painted on blue and grey background.

Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat To Justice Everywhere

Michael Johnson, Lake Michigan College
51-60 years old
Acrylic and collage on cradled wood panel. 24X24 inches.

Blue print with clocks set at different times; word now printed in black at the bottom.

Now is the Time

Grace Kelmer, Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
21-30 years old
Print.

Painting of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King

Layla Renfrow, Eau Claire Public Schools
11 to 20 years
Digital art.

Painting of Martin Luther King Jr.

Craig Geiser
61+ years

Green letters on black background: Imagine being enslaved - What would you do? - Who owns the shame? - Who owes the [blank]?

Untitled

Suzanne Knecht
51-60 years
Sequins on 2x4 foot wooden boards. Envisioned as a series of billboards.

A collage of two images with children holding posterboard signs: Black lives matter 4 life! and We need love and peace.

6-20 years
Mixed media.

Child in a face mask holds up a blue print that reads, Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Print.

Child in a face mask leans over a table, using an X-acto knife.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Printmaking.

Child in a face mask holds up a red print that reads Kindness.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Print.

Child in a face mask works on a drawing that reads, Peace. There is a bag next to her with a label that reads, Now is the time printmaking.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Printmaking.

Students in a classroom working at their desks.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Printmaking.

Child points to an image in a handout on her desk.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Printmaking.

Child in a face mask holds up a red print on purple paper that reads, Freedom.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Print.

Child in a face mask holds up a red print on green paper that reads, Peace.

MLK Day Printmaking Fundle Project

E.P. Clarke Elementary
4th Grade
Print.

Performance

Movement 1 Prelude

Audio file

Movement 6 Toccata

Audio file

Cantata for Voice and Piano

Lynn Atkins, Pinelands Regional High School, Toms River, NJ
31-40 years old
Vocal performance. Composed by J. Carter (1932-1981); Collaborative pianist is Elizabeth McBride

Audio file

MLK

James Cooper, Lake Michigan College
Jazz composition. Performed by the faculty of Blue Lake Arts Camp, summer 2018.

Change the World

Skyje
21-30 years old
Songwriting, performance.

Lift Every Voice and Sing

All God's Children Choir, LMC Choirs, Faculty and Friends
Composed by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamonde Johnson; arranged, directed and edited by Kris Zook.

We Shall Overcome

All God's Children Choir, LMC Choirs, Faculty and Friends
Traditional Spiritual; arranged and directed by Kris Zook.

Now is the Time

Kris Zook, Lake Michigan College
41-50 years old
Orchestral composition.

Motherless Child/8:46 Project

Virtual choir.

@kibra1v

#fyp #foryoupage #viral #blm #blackgirlmagic #nas #laurynhi#blacklivesmatter

♬ original sound - Kibra

Kibra VanHorn
41-50 years
Stage play cast from Benton Harbor, Mich.

Dance

Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Dancesation Dance Studio
11-20 years old
Modern dance. Music by Beyonce; original choreography by Ajah Thompson Fisher.

Historical Artifact

Cancelled MLK stamp on a MLK postcard.

MLK Stamp Collection

African American History and Literacy Gallery, Benton Harbor
The African American History & Literature Gallery in Benton Harbor houses a collection of Martin Luther King Jr. stamps from around the world. The museum-quality stamp collection was donated to the gallery by Margy Davis and Miriam Nason from Buckeye, Ariz. Read more about the collection.

Kickoff Recording

 

Tekeidra Masters Keynote

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Welcome from the Mayors of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Spirit of MLK Spotlights: Lynn Todman

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Spirit of MLK Spotlights: Race Relations Council

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Spirit of MLK Spotlights: Jada Willis

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Juneteenth Preview

(Excerpt from Kickoff recording, above.)

 

Letter From Birmingham Jail read by Pastor Albert Adams

This year’s community-wide MLK Celebration theme is “Now is the time!” These are words Dr. King exclaimed in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written in 1963 while serving time in solitary confinement for leading a Good Friday protest as part of the Birmingham Campaign. It was Dr. King’s 13th arrest. He originally wrote the more than 7,000-word letter, in part, in the margins of a newspaper smuggled in to him by a friend. The newspaper contained a letter, written by eight local Christian and Jewish religious leaders, critical of the demonstrations and Dr. King. Remarkably, Dr. King wrote this letter without the benefit of any notes or the ability to research.

Read more historical context about “Letter from Birmingham Jail."

This reading of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is presented by Pastor Albert Adams, The Church in Benton Harbor.

Read about the 2021 MLK Celebration Week.

While the MLK breakfast was organized by LMC, this new week-long event is a partnership between the college and members from throughout our communities. Together, these diverse voices have helped shape this event into a true community celebration of MLK and his enduring legacy.

MLK Celebration Committee Members:

Chairs

Mike Nadolski
LMC

Grace Kelmer
LMC

Members

Christina Arseneau
Niles History Center

Bryan Bacon
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Niles

Jeremy D. Bonfiglio
LMC

Emanuel Brown
African American History and Literature Gallery

Sharon Brown
African American History and Literature Gallery

Gladys Burks
Race Relations Council

Traci Burton
Community Influencer

Barbara Craig
LMC  

Heather Cole
United Way

Candice Elders
LMC

Larry Feldman
Race Relations Council

Sandy Feldman
Race Relations Council  

Julia Gourley
Krasl Art Center

Dawn Howley
United Way

Jacquie Johnson
LMC / Race Relations Council

Kyna Johnson
Niles Educator/Consultant

Nathan Margoni
Krasl Art Center

Emily McKenna
Krasl Art Center

Pam McVay
LMC  

Jen O’Flynn
LMC  

Barbara Peeples
Race Relations Council

Patricia Plaut-Payne
LMC

Jerry Price
Spectrum Health Lakeland

Debbie Ramirez
United Way

Eleanor Reece
Whirlpool Corporation

Charmae Sanders
LMC/Race Relations Council

Rosa Skinner
Whirlpool Corporation

Stephanie Steele
LMC

Rebecca Steffen
LMC

Ann Steward
LMC

Stefanie R Harvey-Vandenberg
Whirlpool Corporation

Andrea Zick
LMC

Kris Zook
LMC

Presenting Sponsors

Lake Michigan College
Whirlpool Corporation

Supporting Sponsors

Kinexus Group
Horizon Bank logo.
United Way Southwest Michigan

 

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