Thirteenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration
January 12-17, 2007, Ragan Theater and Sorensen Student Center
Harding, Pilgrim headline 2007 Commemoration
Dr. Vincent Harding, who worked side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s, will deliver the keynote address during the thirteenth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Jan. 16, 2007 at Utah Valley State College.
Harding, an emeritus professor at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, called America’s attention to the more controversial and challenging King in his biography Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero. He will speak at the Ragan Theater on the UVSC campus at 1:00. His speech, and all Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration events, are free and open to the public.
After delivering the keynote, Harding will participate in a panel at 2:30 on Jan. 16, also in the Ragan Theater. Titled "Negotiating Conflict: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy in Current Issues," the panel will include local and national Civil Rights leaders and will focus on the relevance of Dr. King's message in the twenty-first century. Harding will also take place in a book-group discussion of Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero on Wed., Jan. 17, at 11:00; please contact Ryan Simmons (863-6290 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Freeman (863-8752 or email@example.com) for information about the book group.
In addition, UVSC will host "Hateful Things,” the traveling exhibit of the Jim Crow Museum of Ferris State University, from Jan. 2 through Jan. 27 as part of the Commemoration. The exhibit (http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/traveling/) displays racist images and artifacts dating from the 1800s to the present, recontextualizing them so they educate viewers about the legacy of racism in American history. It will appear in the UVSC fourth-floor Library Gallery.
As Dr. David Pilgrim, a sociologist and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, explains in his essay “The Garbage Man: Why I Collect Racist Objects,” “I collect this garbage because I believe, and know to be true, that items of intolerance can be used to teach tolerance.” Pilgrim, who first began collecting racist objects as an adolescent, and whose donated collection formed the basis of the Jim Crow museum, will deliver a public lecture on the museum and its history on January 12 at 1:00 at Centre Stage on the UVSC campus.
The Commemoration also will feature presentations and performances by UVSC students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. For information about this event, please contact Ryan Simmons, coordinator, at 863-6290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir to Perform
The Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir of Salt Lake City will present an evening of song at UVSC as part of the college's Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Their performance will take place in the Ragan Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12, and is free and open to the public.
Directed by Brian Hesleph, the Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir will perform a variety of spirituals and gospel music. Both traditional favorites and contemporary gospel hits will be on the program.
The Rev. France Davis, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, will narrate the history and inspiration behind the songs, including pieces such as "Help Me to Hold Out" that arose out of the Civil Rights conflicts of the 1960s.
Nationally acclaimed as among the best church choirs of the west, the Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir has performed throughout the nation and overseas. Known for inspirational performances that cause audiences to stand up and clap, the Choir will deliver a performance worth remembering.
"Hateful Things" on display at UVSC
Photo courtesy Ferris State University
By Bill Taylor,
OREM - A travelling exhibition depicting Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia will visit Utah Valley State College from Jan. 2 through Jan. 27, 2007, as part of the college's Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.
Hateful Things," a sampling of the 4,000 pieces that represent nearly 150 years of anti-Black, racist objects and images, was created by David Pilgrim, Ferris professor of sociology and museum curator, and Carrie Weis-Taylor, coordinator of FSU's Rankin Center Art Gallery. The museum is located in Ferris' College of Arts and Sciences and addresses the relationship between Jim Crow segregation and everyday objects that belittle African-Americans. Some examples are varied Jim Crow memorabilia and caricatured images of Blacks on postcards, games, ashtrays and drinking glasses.
Dr. Pilgrim grew up in Mobile, AL, where he attended segregated schools. One day while shopping, he saw a small "Mammy" figuring for sale. "I bought it and destroyed it in front of the man who sold it to me," he said.
For years after that incident, young Pilgrim purchased and disposed of racially insulting items wherever he found them. The sheer volume of merchandise forced him, eventually, to change his tactic.
I found them at flea markets and garage sales as a kid," said Pilgrim. "Items would offend me, and I'd buy them to destroy them. I got older and recognized the historical significance of these items. I stopped destroying them and started collecting them."
Pilgrim views the collection of images and artifacts not as a traditional museum, but as a learning and teaching laboratory. He seeks to use the images of intolerance to teach tolerance. "I have a goal to create a room that when people come into that room, it changes the way they talk about race," he said.
A visit to The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia can evoke strong emotional feelings and has stirred coverage in newspapers from Miami to Los Angeles. A documentary by Pilgrim and Ferris Professor Clayton Rye, "Jim Crow's Museum," was chosen in 2004 for Best Documentary at the Flint Film Festival, Best Professional Video and Best of the Show at the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, and Audience Choice Award at the Stony Brook (NY) Digital Video Festival.
The museum's objectives are to:
Schedule of EventsAll events are free and open to the public
Losee Center Library Fourth-Floor Gallery
"Hateful Things": Objects from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Friday, January 12
1:00-2:00 p.m., Centre Stage
Public lecture: "Jim Crow in the Twenty-First Century"
2:00-3:00 p.m., Centre Stage
Public reception for David Pilgrim
7:30 p.m., Ragan Theater
Calvary Baptist Gospel Choir of Salt Lake City performs:
Monday, January 15
8:30 a.m.-noon, BYU Wilkinson Center
Day of Service, co-sponsored by the UVSC Center for Service and Learning and BYU
Tuesday, January 16
8:30-9:45 a.m., SC 206A
Panel: "Utah Civil Rights Activists"
10:00-11:15 a.m., Ragan Theater
"Beyond Words: Movement as Sign in Dance and ASL"
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., PE 152
"Art as a Vehicle for Social Change"
Noon-1:00 p.m., Centre Stage
Reception for Dr. Vincent Harding
1:00-2:15 p.m., Ragan Theater
2:30-3:45 p.m., Ragan Theater
Panel Discussion: "Negotiating Conflict: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy in Current Issues"
7:00-8:00 p.m., LA 101
Turning Points in History presents:
Wednesday, January 17
9:00-9:50 a.m., SC 206A
Panel discussion: "African Aesthetics and Medieval Christian Revelation in Yiimimangaliso"
10:00-10:50 a.m., SC 213A
Panel: "Representations: Race and Racism in American Film"
10:00-10:50 a.m., SC 206A
"Twentieth-Century Slavery: A Monologue"
11:00-11:50 a.m., SC 213A
Book discussion group: Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero, by Vincent Harding
11:00-11:50 a.m., SC 206A
Reading: "Writers Speak Out about Civil Rights"
12:00-12:50 p.m., SC 206A
Reading: "Poetry of Resistance, Rebellion, and Rights"
1:00-1:50 p.m., SC 213A
"From 'Sinners' to Citizens: The Americans with Disabilities Act"
1:00-1:50, SC 206A
Panel: "God and the Poor Among Us"
2:00-2:50, SC 213A
Panel: "Identity, Racial Categories, and Otherness"
3:00-3:50, SC 206A
UVSC's Reel Film Series presents "No Umbrella: Election Day in the City"
4:00-4:50, SC 213A
Panel: "Celebrating Diversity in Elementary Classrooms: Getting Beyond the 'Holidays Around the World' Mentality"