King and the Campus: Voices of the Movement
Monday, January 15, 2001
10 a.m., Alumni Gymnasium
Voices of the Movement panel discussion to be featured
A scholar, museum director and minister comprise the keynote panel King
and the Campus: Voices of the Movement for the 2001 Bates College
Martin Luther King Day Jr. observance at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in Alumni
Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend all events associated with
the day of commemoration free of charge.
Jualynne E. Dodson, associate professor of Afro-American studies and
religious studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Joanne Bland,
tour director of the National Voting Rights Museum; and the Rev. James
Foster Reese, director emeritus of the racial ethnic ministry unit for
the Presbyterian Church (USA) will discuss the Civil Rights Movement,
touching on personal involvement in the struggle as well as movement connections
to other cultures. John McClendon, assistant professor of political science
and American cultural studies at Bates will moderate.
Raised in the G.W.C. Homes housing project of Selma, Ala., Bland
began her civil rights activism as an eight-year-old attending a 1961
freedom and voters rights gathering presided over by the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. Students for a Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists
organized Bland and other area children and teenagers to participate in
the civil rights movement. In the front lines of the struggle, the young
Bland marched on "Bloody Sunday" and "Turn Around Tuesday," witnessing
brutal beatings, shooting and hosing of fellow marchers by police. Denied
permission by her father to march from Montgomery to Selma, Bland nonetheless
insisted on walking on the first and last days of the famous march. "We
didn't see ourselves as heroes then, or even making history. We didn't
think about things like that. It seemed as if it had been going on for
so long it was a way of life," Bland says about her movement involvement.
Today, Bland serves as tour director for the National Voting Rights Museum
which collects and preserves the history of the Civil Rights/Voting Rights
movements. "I think that is proper," Bland says.
Dodson's interdisciplinary academic research centers on how African
Americans and other oppressed communities of color have constructed humane
social structures despite injustices levied against them for centuries.
Also a member of the Department of Ethnic Studies, Dodson focuses on the
relationship between distinct religious traditions and movements for social
change and transformation. Her current research centers on investigating
African American religio-cultural associations in the Spanish and English-speaking
Atlantic Diaspora, specifically comparing North America ("The Black Church")
and the Caribbean (Cuban communities that practice African derived religions).
Dodson received B.Sc., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University
of California, Berkeley.
Until his retirement, Reese supervised program and outreach organization
for the African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American members
of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Born in Harrodsburg, Ky., he attended
Knoxville College in Tennessee, Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary
and the University of Pittsburgh. Beginning his ministry in 1949 at a
Camden, Ala., church, Reese then served as pastor of The First United
Presbyterian Church from 1959-67 on the campus of Knoxville College near
Selma, Ala. There he led and participated in the historic Selma sit-ins,
protesting the city's Jim Crow laws and practices, much of it chronicled
in "Diary of A Sit-In" by Dr. Merrill Proudfoot. Reese also served as
professor of homiletics at St. Paul's Theological Seminary in Kimuru,
All-Day Drop-In Session: Emerging Consciousness
This display features multimedia presentations about the impact of slavery
past and present created by members of "'Black' Women's Slave Narratives,"
a course taught by Gina Ulysse, assistant professor of African American
studies at Bates.
Bates Debates Morehouse
Bates College debaters square off against Morehouse College debaters
on a civil rights topic, 12:45-1:45 p.m. in Chase Hall Lounge.
Afternoon workshops (2-3 p.m. and 3:10-4:10 p.m.) sponsored by academic
departments. All workshops will be held in various locations (to be posted)
throughout Pettengill Hall. Topics include: "Democracy, Difference and
Civil Provocation: Learning Through Discomforting Encounters," "The Bible
and Reconciliation: Help or Hindrance?" "Review of A History Short Term
Experience: The Geography of the Civil Rights Movement" and "The Politics
of Reading: The Impact of King's Legacy on the Literary Canon."
A Community Reflection
Four Bates students will lead a community discussion to reflect upon
the day's theme, "King and the Campus," at 4:15 p.m. in Perry Atrium of
Student dancers under the direction of Lewiston hip hop choreographer
W. Barry Dean, will perform an original piece "Content and Character,"
commissioned for King's birthday, followed by an hour-long gospel and
dance presentation by the Boston-based ensemble Hope and a Future,
led by critically acclaimed vocalist, educator and minister Wanda Perry
Josephs. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Olin Arts Concert