January 25–29, 2021

Unity Week aims to bring communities together through events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the core values of his teachings: equity, faith, nonviolence, education, love, leadership, selflessness and hope.


Unity: A Musical Celebration

Monday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m.

Whitman community musicians perform two songs touching on the topics of justice, struggle and resilience.

“Message to America”
Written by Keith Mack
Originally Performed by The Hamiltones

Elton Narciss, voice & piano
Dorothy Mukasa, voice
Leisha Casimiro, voice
Bornnie Kabongo, voice & guitar
Doug Scarborough, voice & bass
Michael Simon, sound recording & mix engineer
Jordan Barnett, videographer & video editor

“Backwater Blues”
Written by Bessie Smith
Arranged by Doug Scarborough

Dorothy Mukasa, voice
Gary Hemenway, piano
Michael Simon, sound recording & mix engineer
Jordan Barnett, videographer & video editor

Unity Week 2021 Events

4-6:30 p.m. Workshop by Braver Angels: Depolarizing Within  

This workshop will teach participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer.”
  • How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing or stereotyping large swaths of the population.
  • Strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views. 

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6 p.m. The Global Perspective: Advice and Reflections

Facilitated discussion about unity at Whitman from a global perspective. Panelists include faculty members who are not originally from the U.S. or who have spent substantial time outside the U.S.

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Peace at Unity Week 2021

4 p.m. Pause

You are invited to Pause, a 20-minute gathering for quiet reflection, centering practice and community. We will take time to breathe, listen to a poem and share in each other's company.

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Noon–1 p.m. Continuing the Conversation 

Freedom & Faith: One Man's Story of Coming of Age in the Segregated South

The Rev. Dr. Luther Felder remembers being 10 years old when the phone rang. His brother, a college student at the time, was calling to let the family know that he was joining Dr. King's movement as a Freedom Rider. His father, a stoic man, wept out of fear for his son's life.

Felder will tell his story of navigating segregation throughout the south in the ’50s and ’60s, and those moments that galvanized not only his commitment to social justice, but the role faith played in his life and in the movement. He will be interviewed by Whitman Chaplain Adam Kirkley and there will be an opportunity for questions.

The Rev. Dr. Felder serves as Campus Pastor and Professor of Religion at Paine College, a historically black college in Augusta, Georgia.

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