BHSU to hold discussion panel on social justice in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, January 16, 2015/Categories: 2015

Black Hills State University will host a panel discussion, "Keeping the Dream Alive," in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.&rsquos legacy.

The discussion will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is an open discussion on social justice and what it means for BHSU as a university, local and global community.

"Looking at the news and seeing what is going on in our nation, it prompted us that maybe it&rsquos time to have a discussion on social justice," said Erica Whitiker, student engagement and program coordinator at BHSU. "What does social justice mean and how does it impact us at BHSU?"

The discussion will be led by four BHSU faculty, including Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, professor of political science Dr. Pamela Carriveau, associate professor of political science and sociology Jace DeCory, assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies and Stephen Digioia, instructor for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Whitiker said the faculty selected have a passion and investment in the topics being discussed.

"When we think of the legacy of Dr. King and all he fought and marched for, the jobs and poor, we are still fighting for jobs and equality. This is timely," Whitiker said.

She added that she hopes those that attend the event leave enlightened.

"I hope everyone walks away more aware of where we are as a community and a nation and how we all play a role in fostering a community that is inclusive, diverse and open," Whitiker said.

In addition to the discussion event, the 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Chili and Soup Supper will be held on Monday, Jan. 19 starting at 5 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran&rsquos Church in Spearfish. Food will be served until it is gone. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items or a money donation to benefit the Spearfish Food Pantry. The supper is sponsored by the BHSU Retired Senior Volunteer Program and other community organizations.

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