Unity Week 2021
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”
Elton Narciss, voice & piano
Dorothy Mukasa, voice
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.
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.
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.
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.