Over the past week, the University of Michigan and its Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives presented the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Departments and organizations across campus hosted events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. Along with various co-sponsors, the Michigan Community Scholars Program was proud to present two events for the Symposium: the 10th annual Circle of Unity celebration, and a presentation of the documentary "Finding the Gold Within."
Despite the frigid cold temperatures on MLK Day, MCSP community members gathered in a Circle of Unity on the U-M Diag in a celebration featuring song, dance, and spoken word. The event, coordinated by the Dan Green and the Intergroup Relations Council, drew a large crowd, including people just passing by on the Diag.
Additionally, MCSP and other co-sponsors hosted a screening of the documentary "Finding the Gold Within" at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The movie, which focuses on the college journeys of six African-American males, was followed by a panel discussion that included MCSP alums and staff members Dan Green and Devon Degraffenreed.
Additionally, congratulations to MCSP students who were honored at the recent Central Campus MLK Spirit Awards ceremony this weekend. This is one of the most prestigious awards given to students at UM. Since the MLK Spirit Awards first started eleven years ago, MCSP students have been honored with 19 of the 68 awards (28%) open to all students on central campus. We are so proud that the students in our small MCSP program hold such a significant presence across campus when it comes to social justice and the spirit of MLK. This year, the following MCSP students were recognized: Amanda Champagne, Adelia Davis, Jeane Em Dubose, Mark Haidar, Chloe Henderson, Mandy Kreisberg, Cullyn O'Keefe.
Check out the photos from the events below, including featured articles in the University Record and Michigan Daily!