January 19 - Barbara J. Love, Ph.D., professor emeriti of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, delivered a lecture as part of Susquehanna University’s 2012 Winter Convocation, celebrating the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Love has worked closely with schools and school systems throughout the U.S. to promote awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion. She currently heads the Black Liberation and Community Development Project of the International Re-evaluation Counseling Communities. Her research and publications examine the processes of personal and organizational transformation through assisting individual empowerment, facilitating organizations in understanding and managing diversity as well as understanding and dismantling oppression.
January 20 – New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom Performed by the SU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Eric Hinton, assistant professor of music and director of bands The piece is Joseph Schwantner’s 1982 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The idea of a work honoring Dr. King was first suggested to Schwantner in 1981 by Robert Freeman, director of the Eastman School of Music.
Derrick Ashong talk. Ashong, or DNA as he is sometimes known, is the voice, literally, of a new generation. Whether through the eloquent expression of thoughts on Barack Obama, as seen in one of the most downloaded YouTube videos of 2008; his music, as the lead for the band Soulfege; his lyrics, as winner of Billboard Magazine’s 2007 World Song Contest; or his acting, as “Buakei” in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, the 35-year-old Harvard-educated talent has found a myriad of ways to inspire, engage and move people to action. Ashong's visit highlighted Susquehanna's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ Winter Convocation.
January 20 – Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D. Sue, a Columbia University psychologist and influential multicultural scholar kicked off the week’s events with a key note address. Along with Sue’s presentation, the program featured performances by the Susquehanna Jazz Ensemble and the University Choir. Katie Richards, a senior at Selinsgrove Area High School read her winning entry to an essay contest, which responded to the question, “If he were alive today, what would the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. most want our president to be concerned about?” Remarks from University President L. Jay Lemons and Rabbi Kate Palley, director of Jewish life, rounded out the program.
January 22 – Victor Goines. The university hosted a lecture and concert by Goines, jazz virtuoso and director of jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Widely recognized as an engaging and versatile performer, composer, collaborator and educator, New Orleans native Goines has delivered acclaimed performances throughout the world.
January 19-March 2 – Film Festival A seven-week multicultural film festival kicked off on January 19 with a screening of “The Long Walk Home” at Charlie’s Coffee House on campus. Other films being screened during the festival include “Malcom X,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Rosewood,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Angela’s Ashes.”
January 19 - Douglas Wilder. On January 19, one day before the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected African-American governor, was the featured speaker at Susquehanna University’s third-annual Winter Convocation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The topic of Wilder’s address was, “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Work Still to Be Done.”
Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons provided opening remarks and discussed how the legacy of Martin Luther King continues to challenge and inspire all Americans. Chaplain Mark Radecke offered remarks during the convocation, and the winner of a student essay contest read the winning entry.
Music was performed by the Susquehanna University Symphonic Band, the Susquehanna University Chorale and the Susquehanna University Jazz Ensemble.
January 21 - James McBride. Susquehanna University celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a presentation and concert by author and musician McBride. His speech, titled Our Common Dream, touched upon the search for identity, appreciating cultural differences and making Martin Luther King’s dream a reality in America. McBride, an award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist, is probably best known for his landmark memoir, The Color of Water. The book, a New York Times bestseller, is a moving account of McBride's mother, a Jewish woman from Poland who raised 12 black children in New York City and sent each of them to college.
Along with McBride, President L. Jay Lemons provided opening remarks and discussed how the legacy of Martin Luther King continues to challenge and inspire all Americans. Music was shared by the Susquehanna University Orchestra, the Susquehanna University Symphonic Band and the Susquehanna University Chorale.
Susquehanna Honors Program students William Paris and Devin Kittrell read their essays on the topic of Martin Luther King’s dream.
January 15 - I Have A Need! On January 15, Winter Convocation honored the late civil rights leader with, I Have A Need!, a visitation on King's August 1963 speech, “I Have a Dream,” updated for a contemporary audience by the Rev. Brian Johnson, director of multicultural affairs and special assistant to the president. The program included the voiced needs of students of color and other minorities who strive for survival on majority campuses, and audience members were challenged to re-commit to the values of King's “beloved community.”
Johnson's presentation was highlighted with the music of Harbor Light, a powerful vocal ensemble with traditional songs of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as more contemporary music.
William Lewis, a 1968 graduate of Susquehanna University and a member of the university's board of trustees, shared his reflections on hearing the news of King's assassination, just a few weeks shy of earning the distinction of being the first African American graduate of Susquehanna University.