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Stephens to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with various programming

January 12, 2017


The Stephens College community will gather for a special celebration on Jan. 16, 2017, to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a Peace Walk, which will start at Historic Senior Hall conclude in Windsor Auditorium, where a program of powerful performances begins at 4 p.m.

This year’s program is dedicated to Monica Hand, an assistant professor of English, who passed away in December.

The program includes the short film “Sugar-Coated: Make America Great Again” by Tracy Wilson-Kleecamp as well as a dance performance titled “Freedom,” choreographed by Kylie Thompson ’18 and performed by Cerena Chancey ’19, Kiana Homan ’19 and Madisen Nielsen ’18. There will be spoken word by Tiana Williams ’18 and Poets of Infinity, a student group, and a soliloquy performed by Sicily Mathenia ’19. 

This MLK program is a collaboration between the Black History Month Committee, Poets of Infinity, Student Development Office of Programming and Leadership, and the School of Performing Arts.

During the day, students will participate in community service opportunities. Stephens juniors and seniors also will attend a Diversity Conference designed to improve awareness and appreciation of diversity in our communities and places of work. The conference, led by facilitators from the National Conference for Community & Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis, will focus on understanding microagressions/hot buttons and triggers, allyship and creating a foundation of how we are able to become authentic allies. There will be opportunities for participants to see and identify how these identities manifest themselves in daily life through interactive and engaging activities.

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