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Civil Rights Week - January 19-24, 2015

Download the 2015 Civil Rights Week Schedule (.PDF)

Saturday, January 17

6-8 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration
Centennial Hall, Augustana College campus

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 19

10 a.m. – Noon  
Where Do We Go From Here?
United Neighbors, 808 N. Harrison, Davenport, Iowa 

10:30 a.m. - Noon  
32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Service
Martin Luther King Center, 630 9th Street, Rock Island

Noon - 3 p.m. 
KALA airing of "From Atlanta to the Mountain Top"

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Brewed Awakening
Chapel Gathering Space, St. Ambrose University
All are invited to a civil rights discussion in the Christ the King Chapel Gathering Space. The discussion will be led by Tom Carpenter, who will focus on current civil rights issues and ways we can strive for equality. Free coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.

Tuesday, January 20

March to Remember

3:05 - 4:30 p.m.
Silent March
Starting location - Christ the King Chapel, St. Ambrose University
Join the St. Ambrose community as we participate in a silent march to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement, reflect on the impact the movement had, and consider what those efforts mean for us today. This year we will gather at Christ the King Chapel, which centers the heart and soul of our campus community. From there we will commence our march into the Hilltop Campus Village with brief stops at the park on Harrison and parking lot of Greatest Grains, before returning to campus. The march will be accented by song, historical accounts, and reflection. We will conclude the march at Ambrose Hall, where we invite participants to join us for hot chocolate and conversation in the Beehive, Ambrose Hall Lower Level.

7 - 8:30 p.m.
The Game of Life Cultural Simulation - Rogalski Center Ballroom - Hosted by PRISM and MACA
Join Promoting Respect in Sexual Minorities (P.R.I.S.M.) and Multicultural Affairs Community Action (M.A.C.A.) in the Game of Life simulation based on social justice concepts and diverse perspectives. This simulation revolves around the concepts of race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education level, and ability. The objective is to live a simulated life while holding a prescribed identity that offers each participant a unique perspective on what life is like in another's shoes. The experience is one you will not want to miss or soon forget.

Wednesday, January 21

Learn the History

10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dine and Discussion: Civil Rights
Cosgrove Dining Hall, St. Ambrose University
During the lunch period, students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to dialogue about the civil rights of yesterday and today. Tables will be reserved during the lunch period in both Cosgrove Hall and the Rogalski Center Food Court. Faculty and staff volunteers will facilitate discussion among participants at the table on current events, key Civil Rights moments of the past, and locations in Davenport that have been of significance. Discussion is open, so bring your friends, thoughts, and any materials you wish to share while we enjoy a meal together.

2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Community Service Event
Rogalski Center Ballroom, St. Ambrose University
Students, faculty and staff will welcome the Project Renewal After School Program to campus. Activities will include assisting with homework completion, learning activities facilitated by the student groups, a pizza dinner, fellowship and fun.

7 - 8:30 p.m. 
The Civil War to Civil Rights: History in Davenport
Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Center
Presentation by Charles Pearson and Larry Skillin, assistant professor of History, St. Ambrose University 

9:15 p.m. 
Civil Rights and Human Liberties Mass
Christ the King Chapel, St. Ambrose University
Fr. Chuck Adam and the Campus Ministry staff will highlight the legacy of civil rights and human liberties work during the weekly student mass. All are welcome.

Thursday, January 22

Quad Cities Interfaith Training (Tentative)
Information TBA

Know your Power

Friday, January 23

7 p.m.
Movie: 12 Years A Slave
Beehive, Ambrose Hall, St. Ambrose University
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. [Summary by Fox Searchlight]

Saturday, January 24

6 p.m.
Civil Rights Celebration Dinner
Soul Food Dinner
Cosgrove Cafeteria Staff/Faculty Lounge, St. Ambrose University
Join the St. Ambrose community for a celebratory dinner hosted by the St. Ambrose Multicultural Affairs in Community Action student organization. Cost is $10 for non-SAU students (faculty, staff, students, community members, family and friends) and free for students with a valid student ID. (Students please check your email for a message about this event in order to RSVP to this event! Or send an email to
Menu items include some of your favorite dishes: fried chicken, collard and mustard greens, red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, and peach cobbler. 

Reserve your seat today and pay online!

For questions regarding the event please contact the Student Activities/Intercultural Life Office at 563-333-6023. Seats are limited.

Download the 2015 Civil Rights Week Schedule (.PDF)

Past Events:

The Bee Cultural Cookout, held on August 7th, was an exciting way for new Ambrosians from various backgrounds to meet, eat, and get to know one another!
Below is a link to a slideshow containing more pictures from this wonderful event!