Events for 2021

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Announcement: If anyone is interested in participating in the day of service event on Monday, Jan 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the link for registration is here.

 

MONDAY, JAN. 18

Community Day of Service

Signup for volunteer opportunities here

Event time: 9 a.m.

For further information contact Jennifer VanOosterhout (jvanoosterhout@gryphon.orgor call (269) 381-1510, ext. 242.

Sponsored by Gryphon Place

 

MONDAY, JAN. 18

Virtual MLK Day Convocation

This event includes keynote speaker, scholar and activist Dr. D-L Stewart at Colorado State University and his presentation “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free."

Event time: 11 a.m. to noon

Location: Virtual event, open to the public. Please contact Natalia Carvalho-Pinto (ncarvalh@kzoo.edu) for the link to join.

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact ncarvalh@kzoo.edu.

This event is hosted by Kalamazoo College.
 
 

MONDAY, JAN. 18

The Great American Lie

Please join the Lewis Walker Institute for a viewing and discussion of the documentary, The Great American Lie. According to the film producers, The Representation Project, The Great American Lie is a documentary film that examines how a US value system built on the extreme masculine ideals of money, power, and control has glorified individualism, institutionalized inequality, and undermined the ability of most Americans to achieve the American Dream. The main topic of this film is arguably one of the most important issues of our time: social and economic immobility. Inequality has been on the rise in America for more than three decades. By bringing the unique perspective of gender to this story, this film expands the conversation around the causes and solutions to America's inequality and division. With our history and experience in illuminating and challenging limiting gender narratives in our society, our documentary team is uniquely qualified to tell this story. Our first two films, Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In, lay the groundwork for understanding the impact of gender on individuals and communities in American society. We view The Great American Lie as the critical last film in this trilogy that will address the role of our gendered values on American society-at-large.

Event time: 1to 4 p.m.

Location: Virtual event, register here.

Cost: Free

For further information contact Dr. Luchara Wallace (luchara.wallace@wmich.edu)

The event is hosted by the Lewis Walker Institute 

 

MONDAY, JAN. 18

TRHT Kalamazoo: Public Virtual Healing Experience

TRHT Kalamazoo will be offering a free Virtual Healing Experience (VHE) to the public. Space will be limited to 50 individuals. Let us come together in an intentional space to discuss personal narratives and provide insight, understanding, and appreciation of one another’s stories. Through sharing our unique experiences related to race and identity, we are working together towards trust, connectedness, forgiveness, balance, and wholeness. By engaging at this level, we hope to illuminate past and current truths about the trauma and harm that racism has caused, both individually and collectively. Ultimately, this transformative process reaffirms humanity in all of us, despite the impact of our racialized experiences.

Event time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Location: Click the link here to register for the event. The registration deadline is on Wednesday, Jan. 13 or until at capacity, whichever comes first. 

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact Emily Olivares (eolivares@kalfound.org).

This event is sponsored by Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo.

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 19

TRHT Kalamazoo: National Day of Racial Healing - Opening Reception

Virtually mix and mingle with your fellow community members before TRHT Kalamazoo's National Day of Racial Healing Celebration. We encourage you to share your stories of resistance healing from the unprecedented year of 2020.

Event time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Location: Click the link here to register for the event. The registration deadline is on Jan. 19 at 4:45 p.m.

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact Emily Olivares (eolivares@kalfound.org).

This event is sponsored by Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo.

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 19

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo - National Day of Racial Healing 2021 Celebration

National Day of Racial Healing 2021 Celebration, commemorates the 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing. Join our live stream from The Kalamazoo State Theatre, featuring community voices and local artists.

Event time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Click the link here to register for the event. 

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact Emily Olivares (eolivares@kalfound.org).

This event is sponsored by Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo.

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 19

Virtual presentation, Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award winners

Event time: 7 p.m.

Location: virtual ceremony, view on Facebook or view on YouTube and will be recorded and available the following business day.

For more information, contact Patricia Vargas or call (269) 226-6500.

Sponsored by the city of Kalamazoo.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 21

Community Read of "From Here to Equality"

Join TRHT Kalamazoo as we read "From Here to Equality" by William A. Darity and A. Kristen Mullen. On January 16th we will have a virtual community discussion led by Jacob Pinney-Johnson. The first 20 participants to sign up will receive a free copy of the book.

Event time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Location: Click the link here to register for the event. 

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact Emily Olivares (eolivares@kalfound.org).

This event is sponsored by Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 27

MLK High School Social Justice Workshops

An exploration of activism and the fight for social justice from the time of Martin Luther King, Jr. to present-day displays of advocacy by members from the community ranging to athletes and musicians.

Event time: Noon

Location: Will be distributed directly to high school students through Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Cost: free

For accommodations and further information, contact Lauren Carney (lauren.carney@wmich.edu, 387-2129).

This event is sponsored by Western Michigan University and the Western Student Association.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 28

The event description will be added soon. 

For accommodations and further information, contact Trice Batson (tbatson@kvcc.edu).

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.