Highline College Honoring Martin Luther King Week 1/19-23

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Between Jan. 19th and 23rd, Highline Community College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week will feature nationally known authors and scholars discussing a variety of topics, including diversity, politics, education, sports and the legacy of Dr. King.

“It is important for us to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and all those that were in the struggle so that it can remind us to continue the work for freedom and justice in our own historical moment,” said Natasha Burrowes, assistant director of Student Programs and Diversity.

Now in its 17th year, Martin Luther King Jr. Week is one of Highline’s biggest events. More than 600 people attended last year’s discussions and performances.

WHEN: Jan. 19-23, 2009, various times

WHERE: Highline Community College’s main campus, which is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below).

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: www.highline.edu/stuserv/programs/mlkweek.htm


  • King as a Social Scientist: The Revolution of Values Towards Creative Maladjustment
    9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    Dr. Mark A. Bolden, who holds a doctorate from Howard University and is the president elect of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, will discuss how students can find creative ways to do King’s work. Bolden is also founder and convener of the Fanon Project, a collective of scholars and activists who employ the work of Frantz Fanon toward decolonizing the mind of African people.
  • Living the Vision
    11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    Dr. Bolden hosts this interactive workshop that incorporates skill building exercises related to the interpersonal transgressions that we commit against one another with a re-commitment to treat individuals more humanely.
  • Creating a Vision of Equity and Opportunity in Education
    12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, Building 7
    Dr. Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, co-founder and first president of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education, a college that provides education and professional development, discusses the importance of creating equity, sharing opportunity and taking responsibility for children’s education.
  • From Dr. King to President Obama: Racial Vision, Racial Blindness and Racial Politics in Obamerica
    10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke University and author of “Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States,” discusses how systems of racism continue to exist and manifest in this historical moment.
  • Diversity at Highline: A Critical Analysis of Recruitment & Retention of Faculty and Staff of Color
    2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    This program focuses on the importance of recruitment and retention of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds at Highline. Campus leaders will discuss broader campus initiatives and the ways these actions impact increasing and retaining a multicultural staff and faculty.
  • Born Rich
    12:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    Kevin Stanley, Highline Economics professor, discusses “Born Rich,” a 2003 documentary directed by Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson, about growing up in one of the world’s richest families. The film will also be screened.
  • Elders Panel: Retrospection on Dr. King’s Vision
    11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, Building 7
    Local elders from Highline and the community who were, and remain to be, political activists and advocates for their communities will discuss being a part of the transformation of the 1960s.
  • 2020: New Visionaries Panel
    9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, Building 7
    Dr. King and the civil rights movement occurred in the 1960s. Who is leading the charge for truth and rights in our communities now? Come listen to current social justice activists and learn how you can get involved in making a difference now.
  • A People’s History of Sports in the United States
    9 and 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, Building 7
    Dave Zirin, author of “What’s My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States,” “Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports” and the online column edgeofsports.com, will discuss his latest book, “A People’s History of Sports in the United States: From Bull-Baiting to Barry Bonds … 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play.”
  • Rainbow of Desire
    Noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, Highline Student Union (Building 8), Mt. Constance Room
    This interactive performance and community dialogue will be facilitated by Marc Weinblatt, founder and director of the Mandala Center. The “Rainbow of Desire” is part of a body of work known as “Theatre of the Oppressed,” a community-based education that uses theater as a tool for transformation and was created by Brazilian visionary Augusto Boal. It is used for social and political activism, conflict resolution, community building, therapy and government legislation.

Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 10,000 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening, online and weekend classes.

With the most diverse population of any college in Washington state, Highline takes a multicultural approach to education for the success of all its students and the prosperity of its surrounding communities. Alumni include former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, entrepreneur Junki Yoshida and Washington state’s poet laureate Sam Green.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re proud to say that we’re alums of HCC, having attended as a Journalism Major in the late 70s/early 80s, where we served as both a Writer and Photographer on the Thunderword.

This is when we met TM Sell, now an accomplished Playwright as well as Professor of Journalism at Highline.]

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