WCC's annual MLK Day Celebration is inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1960 message, “Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.” Dr. King envisioned the Beloved Community as a global society based on justice, equal opportunity and love of one's fellow human beings. Racism and all forms of discrimination, prejudice and systematic oppression will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of humanity.
The college embraces the spirit of a beloved community through its mission “to make a positive difference in people's lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services.”
As we strive to become a beloved community, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion has planned a series of events throughout the month of January to raise awareness of the systemic inequities experienced by returning citizens. Students, faculty and staff will explore how we can enhance the life opportunities of our fellow community members.
MLK Day Celebration
Date: Thursday, Jan. 13 | 3:30-5 p.m.
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Keynote speaker: Victoria Burton-Harris
- Burton-Harris, a Flint native, serves as chief assistant prosecutor for Washtenaw County. She holds a bachelor's in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2012. Passionate about the relationship between law, social justice and equality, Burton-Harris opened a private firm downtown Detroit to specialize in family law and criminal defense at the state and federal trial court level. She realized her efforts to end mass incarceration and an effective change would require a transformation of the gatekeeper to the criminal justice system as county prosecutor.
MLK Panel Discussion
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: virtual event
- More Than Our Stories: This session amplifies the voices of returning citizens in a solution-oriented discussion to enhance the life opportunities of fellow community members.
- WCC faculty and staff are encouraged to register on KALPA
Beloved Community Lunch
Date: Thursday, Jan. 20 | 12-2 p.m.
Location: Student Center building (1st floor)
- The Office of Diversity & Inclusion will sponsor a free lunch event for all WCC faculty, staff and students. The two-hour event will be catered by Pitch @ WCC 2021 winner Lawanda Hollister of The Chow Hall.