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CCU to host MLK celebration events Jan. 19-25

January 14, 2021
Bettina Love, Ph.D., will deliver CCU's MLK celebration virtual keynote address on Jan. 19.

Coastal Carolina University will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration from Jan. 19-25. Themed, “United in Solidarity: Liberation through Personal Action and Community Activism,” this year’s events aim to commemorate King’s legacy and to promote and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

The events, sponsored by CCU’s Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services and the MLK Celebration Planning Committee, will take place virtually and in-person while following COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure the safety and wellness of the campus community.

The celebration will begin with the MLK Change Wall Signing scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During these times, members of the campus community will have the opportunity to write messages of hope on banners that will be available in the Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda and in the main lobby of the Wall Building, Kimbel Library and Bryan Information Commons, and Brittain Hall. From Jan. 25-29, the banners will be on display at various locations on campus for everyone to view and reflect on the messages.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom, Bettina Love, Ph.D., will deliver a virtual keynote address titled, “Living a Hip-Hop and Abolitionist Life: Resistance, Creativity, Hip-Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, and Black Joy.” Love, the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Education at the University of Georgia, will discuss how hip-hop civics education, when linked to the framework of intersectionality and abolitionist teaching, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage youth in the work of pursuing and supporting visibility, inclusion, and justice. To register for Love’s address, click here.

On Monday, Jan. 25, the University will hold MLK Teach-Ins. Throughout the day, CCU faculty and staff will lead Zoom-based workshops, lectures, and presentations that represent King’s philosophy of awareness, liberation, and engagement.

For more information, contact Joshua C. Moore, CCU’s director of Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services, at jmoore11@coastal.edu or 843-349-4102.