MLK Day of Service, Learning, and Celebration

On Monday, Jan. 17 Viterbo University will honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day dedicated to a variety of engagement opportunities that not only uplift the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. but provide spaces of learning, service, and advocacy with our underrepresented and marginalized communities in the Coulee Region and beyond.

Below you will find the official schedule of events.

Thank you for your participation and involvement in the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King holiday!

Monday, January 17th Schedule of Events

8:00AM Coffee, Continental Breakfast, and Blessing hosted by Campus Ministry @ Fine Arts Center Lobby

Begin the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King holiday with the Viterbo community as we gather to honor and celebrate. A light breakfast will be provided and a blessing from Campus Ministry. Following the blessing we invite individuals to go out in the La Crosse community to serve.

8:30AM - Noon Service @ Various Service Location in Greater La Crosse Area

Sign up to participate in service to local community organizations in the Coulee Region.   

To view and sign up for service opportunities click HERE. This link will direct you to the UGetConnected webpage.  

**Please make sure you are logging into the Viterbo-specific UGetConnected website by following the instructions below.  Do not go through the community portal (yellow/blue branding instead of Viterbo logo/branding). 

First time logging into UGetConnected?  

  • Step 1- Create a user profile/simply log into THIS page with your Viterbo username/info (Viterbo emails only) 

  • Step 2 – Select preferences for causes/interests (can return to profile to edit), 

  • Step 3 – After profile successful updated/created, return to MLK Day Service Needs page to reserve a spot at your preferred project. 

You must sign up for a service site by Saturday, Jan. 15 

Are you a Viterbo faculty or staff member? We are still looking for Site Leaders. Sign up to volunteer to be a Site Leader HERE and indicate Site Leader interest in the "Notes" section or email Colin Burns-Gilbert at cgburnsgilbert@viterbo.edu

11:30AM - 1:30PM Dr. King's Favorite Meal @ The Cafeteria

Be sure to stop by the Cafeteria to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by enjoying dishes identified by Dr. King to be his favorites.  

All meal plans will work for individuals on meal plans. 

Viterbo faculty and employees are invited to enjoy Dr. King's favorite meal free of charge courtesy of the President's Office.

11:30AM - 1:30PM Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border: ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! Photo Exhibit Inaugural Event @ The Cafeteria

This MLK Day, we will be joined in the cafeteria by a group of Latino musicians from Panama and Cuba to enjoy music and conversation with immigrants in our community. This is the inaugural event for an exhibit that we have brought to campus: Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border: ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! As our nation debates when and why people from other countries should be allowed to come to the US, this exhibition invites you to meet immigrants who are living in Wisconsin today.

This exhibit is a project of Wisconsin Humanities, produced in partnership with Centro Hispano of Dane County with stories by Bill Berry and photographs by Gary Porter. Support for the exhibit and WisconsinImmigrantJourneys.org website comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alumni Circle of Wisconsin Humanities and generous individual donors. Wisconsin Humanities supports and creates programs, like this exhibit, that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border: ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! can be viewed in the Fine Arts Center Elevator Lobby area and Atrium from Wednesday, January 12 – Wednesday, January 26th. Please stop through to learn about our immigrant neighbors and sign the guest book!

12:30PM Prayer Service @ San Damiano Chapel

Join Campus Ministry in Viterbo University’s San Damiano Chapel for a prayer service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The prayer service will take the format of a Taize prayer service with reflections and readings from Martin Luther King Jr. and Sr. Thea Bowman that will provide our community the opportunity to reflect on the issues of social justice and our ability to respond. The prayer service will incorporate music, prayer, silence, scripture, reflections, and a moment of intercessory prayer.

Afternoon Workshops

1:00PM - 2:00PM "Our Ancestors: Demystifying Race and Genetics" by Chris Mayne @ Nursing Center 196

Genetics is a discipline with a fraught history of racism and bigotry. Indeed, many of the most important figures in the field, who made significant breakthroughs we still rely upon today in science and medicine, were racists and eugenicists. Ironically, despite this dark past, genetics is also the scientific field that best demonstrates the biological falsity of race. In this session, we will get an introduction into the history of science and racism and how science is currently misused and misrepresented by some to propagate injustice and inequity. We will also learn how our shared ancestry and an increased knowledge of genetics undermines racism and can therefore serve as a power for good.

2:00PM - 3:00PM "A History of Civil Rights: A Lecture in Honor of Dr. King" by Keith Knutson @ Reinhart 134 & Zoom Option Available

We learn from our history just how deeply embedded racism is in American society. The presentation begins with the legacy of our Peculiar Institution (slavery) before the Civil War. The failure of Reconstruction after the war, facilitated de jure segregation in the South, as well as de facto segregation in the North. The Civil Rights Movement has had to address entrenched racial animosity in our society that continues even today. Dr. Martin Luther King’s courage provides us the inspiration to continue addressing racial injustice.  

If you would like to join us on Zoom you can watch the live stream -- HERE

3:00PM - 4:00PM "Through the Eyes of Viterbo's Academic Leaders: Dr. King's Academic Legacy" @ Nursing 196

This panel of academic leaders, deans, and executive directors will explore Dr. King’s legacy in various academic areas as well as the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Moderated by Dr. Sara Cook, the Vice President for Academics, the panelists will bring to life the vibrancy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and the impact it has had on our university’s faculty and their academic fields. They will share professional perspectives as well as personal anecdotes and insights. All are welcomed to attend.

4:00PM - 5:00PM Identities Project: Dr. MLK Jr. & Malcolm X in Media led by Alyssa Gostonczik and Hannah Amann @ Nursing 195

Social media is our primary source of information as it is quick and easy to access. Let’s find out the most popular apps for media consumption and join an interactive discussion about how the media portrays MLK and Malcolm X. Learn about different news outlets to follow, win our “Who Said What?” quiz, and get movie recommendations to learn more.

5:00PM - 6:00PM "Everyone Can Be Great Because Everyone Can Serve" by Tom Thibodeau @ Reinhart 134 & Zoom Option Available

In the workshop will explore the positive power of servant leadership to transform our lives and communities through service. Servant leadership is to engage and inspire to work for a greater good every day. We will demonstrate how powerful the example of Dr. King is for us today.

If you would like to join us on Zoom you can watch the live stream -- HERE

7:00PM La Crosse Community Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration @ Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Join the La Crosse community in honoring and celebrating Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by attending this event which honors local activists and features keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington.

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is a  well-known environmental justice speaker on the topics environmental racism, environmental justice and climate Justice.  Dr. Washington is the founder and chief environmental research scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates LLC.

 

Dr. MLK Jr. Week Events

Wed. Jan. 19th 5PM - 5:30PM Dr. MLK Jr. Week Meditation- Student Session @ Fine Arts Center Dance Studio

Participate in a 30 minute guided breath work and meditation focused on compassion, social justice, equity, and service. The session will be facilitated by using works of Martin Luther King Jr. and other influential Black leaders and artists. This session will focus on individual contemplative reflection. The session will be held in the Fine Arts Center Dance Room. Chairs and yoga mats will be available for use. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own mats, blankets, etc. so that they can be the most comfortable through the guided practice.

Fri. Jan. 21st 12:30PM - 1:00PM Dr. MLK Jr. Week Meditation- Employee Session @ Fine Arts Center Dance Studio

Participate in a 30 minute guided breath work and meditation focused on compassion, social justice, equity, and service. The session will be facilitated by using works of Martin Luther King Jr. and other influential Black leaders and artists. This session will focus on individual contemplative reflection. The session will be held in the Fine Arts Center Dance Room. Chairs and yoga mats will be available for use. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own mats, blankets, etc. so that they can be the most comfortable through the guided practice.

 

Workshop Recordings

Did you miss one of the workshops on January 17th? We were able to record some of the workshops and you can access the recordings below.

"A History of Civil Rights: A Lecture in Honor of Dr. King" by Keith Knutson

Identities Project: Dr. MLK Jr. & Malcolm X in Media led by Alyssa Gostonczik and Hannah Amann 

"Everyone Can Be Great Because Everyone Can Serve" by Tom Thibodeau

 

 

 

On Your Own Engagement Opportunities

The Enduring Families Video Project

The Enduring Families Project is sponsored by the La Crosse Historical Society and hosts numerous opportunities for individuals to learn about the local La Crosse history of African Americans and other non-white settlers. Click here to watch three videos of historical re-enactments of local historical icons.  

Juneteenth Audio Tour

On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 Enduring Families Project collaborated with Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.) and radio station Z93 to celebrate Juneteeth Day and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States. 

Juneteenth is celebrated to commemorate the days when freedom came to the last African American slaves in Texas in 1865. 

There were pivotal individuals in history that lived right here in La Crosse that deserve to be celebrated. You are able to learn about La Crosse history by accessing the recordings from the event HERE

National MLK Day of Service Website

Celebrations to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are happening all over the United States on January, 18 2021. Click HERE to access the national MLK Day of Service website to learn more about Dr. MLK Jr.'s legacy and service projects happening around the country.

Service Saturday Anti-Racism Project

Do you hear the term anti-racism and you're not sure what it means? Do you want to learn more about anti-racism, but not sure where to start? Have you started your work on anti-racism, but would love more resources?

The Service Saturday Team has provided an excellent resource for anyone wanting to engage more with anti-racism! This resource provides a variety of opportunities to engage including podcasts, books, reflection tools, as well as tangible action steps you can take today!

Click HERE to access the Service Saturday Anti-Racism Project.

Black-Owned Businesses in La Crosse Area

B.L.A.C.K (Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge) complied a list of Black owned businesses in La Crosse and surrounding communities. You can access the link HERE!

Please know you can support these businesses and other organizations financially, but you can also promote their businesses on social media and provide recommendations to show your support!