Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation will host the following two events this month focusing on diversity and issues of inequality in our communities. Both events are free and open to the public.
America is Changing: Are You Ready?
7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20
Burnham Brook Community Center
200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek
The CDI will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by presenting a free lecture from scholar and diversity speaker Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. During the event, Moore will address the phrase, “We cannot turn back,” from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and will touch on topics including injustice and inequality in our communities.
Moore has lectured and conducted training presentations and workshops across the United States on topics including diversity, youth, community, education, cultural competency, leadership, white privilege and oppression. He is founder and program director of the annual White Privilege Conference (WPC), which features national and international experts who speak on issues of diversity, privilege and leadership.
Cracking the Codes: Film Screening & Community Conversation
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30
Kellogg Room at Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave., Battle Creek
The second film screening offered as part of the monthly Reel Truth on Race Film Series cohosted by the CDI and First Congregational Church, the event will include a presentation of the film “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality,” clips of which will be braided with dialog facilitated by Dr. Shakti Butler. The film features moving stories about 23 racial justice leaders and addresses issues related to the structural drivers of social and economic inequalities in our communities.
Butler is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer whose work has emerged over the course of several years of self-exploration and a commitment to social justice. Her work as a creative, visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for more than two decades. Food and drink will be provided at this event.
For more information about these events, contact the KCC CDI at 269-965-3931 ext. 4414.
About the KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation
The mission of Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation is to foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting and connecting diverse community leaders, and to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership and engagement in Battle Creek. Created in 2014 through a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the CDI seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek toward the elimination of racial disparities. Visit the CDI online at www.kellogg.edu/kcccdi.
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