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2017 Civil Rights Celebration

14- 27

Jan 14 - 27

St. Ambrose University has made a positive impact and contribution to the Civil Rights Movement (1954 - 1968). The efforts of the university will be commemorated with the unveiling of a Civil Rights marker following the silent march on Tuesday, January 17 in the Christ the King Chapel gathering space.  

In the present day, we honor the movement and invite students, staff, faculty, alumni, the community, and friends to not only observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as observed on Monday, Jan. 16, but also join us in celebration by attending at least one of the many events offered on and off campus. 

All events are at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Weekend of Reflection and Community Support
3-4:30 p.m., Augustana College, Wallenberg Hall, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.
Community Youth Forum - Free and open to ages 14 and up.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: ‘Solidarity: Use your Voice'
6-7:30 p.m., Augustana College, Centennial Hall

Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Holiday Observance
St. Ambrose University will be closed in observance of the holiday. We invite students, faculty and staff to honor this day by attending weekend or Monday events, and listening to the KALA airing.

Martin Luther King Service and Project
9:30 a.m.-Noon,The Center, 1411 Brady Street, Davenport, IA
Service Project Workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and a Unity Service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a free lunch for all that attend.

34th annual MLK Jr. Memorial Service & Awards "Why We Can't Wait"
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Martin Luther King Center, 630 9th Street, Rock Island, Ill.

‘From Atlanta to the Mountain Top'
Noon - 3 p.m.
Listen at 88.5 FM or at 106.1 FM; go to to listen online; or download KALA's new mobile app (see the website for directions).

Tuesday, Jan. 17

March to Remember Silent March
1-2 p.m.
Join the St. Ambrose community as we commemorate the Civil Rights movement and the active role St. Ambrose seminarians, faculty, staff, and students had in the fight alongside community civil rights leaders to win local battles for equality; reflect on the movement's impact; and consider what those efforts mean for us today. The march will begin at the Lower Level of Cosgrove proceeding through campus and end at the Christ the King Chapel gathering space, where a brand new Civil Rights marker will be unveiled. Hot chocolate and conversation will follow.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Learn the History Presentation: The Role of America's Courts in Effectuating Racial Equality in Schools and Employment
Noon-1p.m., Ambrose Hall, Beehive
Professor Emeritus Russell Lovell from Drake Law School will take us on a journey through court decisions intended to result in racial equality in our schools and employment.

Presentation: Iowa Bright Radical Star
6:30 p.m., Davenport Public Library, 321 Main St.
Professor Emeritus Russell Lovell from Drake Law School will present on "Iowa, Bright Radical Star: The Historic Civil Rights Decisions of the Iowa Supreme Court and their Continuing Relevance Today." Dr. Lovell will also present at the Davenport Main St. Library at its opening of a poster exhibit courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American history and Culture.

Civil Rights and Human Liberties Mass
9:15 p.m., Christ the King Chapel
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, Jan. 19

Know Your Power Prayer Vigil for Peace and Inclusion
3-4 p.m., Chapel Gathering Space
Over the past election cycle, many of the most vulnerable members of our society have found themselves in the cross-hairs of political rhetoric and hate crimes, some of which resulted in their deaths. In communion with our immigrant, Hispanic, Black, women, Jewish, Muslim, disabled, LGBTQ, veterans, and other marginalized sisters and brothers, we hold this vigil to reaffirm Christ's solidarity with the marginalized and Christ's call for his followers to stand up for those who have been marginalized.

Movie: "The New Black: LGBT Rights and African American Communities"
7-9 p.m., Ambrose Hall, The BeeHive
"This award-winning documentary boldly examines the controversial and challenging issues facing African American communities on gay civil rights, campaigns for/against marriage equality and in particular the role of faith institutions. The film makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle" (California Newsreel, 2016).

Monday, Jan. 23

Discussion: Poppin' Topics - Christ the King Chapel Gathering Space
7-8 p.m., Christ the King Chapel, Gathering Space
Poppin' Topics is a discussion forum for students, offering popcorn with various butter flavors, and a poppin' topic for discussion. Join us to voice your opinion and to begin the discussion on a specific social issue. Email Paul Burd, Campus Ministry Graduate Assistant, for more detail at

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Community Service Project
3-5 p.m., RiverBend Food Bank
Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a service project at the River Bend Food Bank warehouse, where food is received and distributed to food pantries in 26 Iowa and Illinois counties. We will sort donated items, and pack backpacks with food for school children to take home on weekends via the "Backpack Program." Transportation will be provided; please gather in the Rogalski Center foyer. Pre-registration is asked of volunteers, please email Kaitlin Depuydt at to get registered.

Spoken Word Poetry
7 p.m., Ambrose Hall, Beehive
Come join Kermit E. Thomas Jr. and Timrek3 Productions in a night of education, enlightenment and entertainment as we travel through the decades discussing Civil Rights Awareness. We will take this journey through, film, Spoken Word, dance and Song. And a special segment on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Together, let's raise awareness to help develop an outlook on how we continue to protect ones civil and human rights.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Presentation: History of the Davenport Civil Rights Movement
Noon-1 p.m., Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Room
Arthur Pitz, Ph.D. will discuss the unique local civil rights movement in Davenport, IA due to the influence the Catholic Interracial Council. Attendees will gain insight on how one might incorporate a Catholic Social Justice framework into their course work, career and life. A presentation for faculty and students interested in a social justice approach.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Workshop: Love Your Body
5-8 p.m., Rogalski Center
Triota and the Junior League invite the campus and Davenport community to participate in a "Love Your Body" workshop, aimed to show participants how to love themselves for who they are. Learn how to work against society's views about the perfect body. Issues of racism, size discrimination, ageism and ableism will be discussed. Participation is free and a snack will be provided.

Friday, January 27

Tour of the African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids
8 a.m.
SAU STUDENTS ONLY Tour the African American Museum of Iowa's permanent exhibit, Endless Possibilities, which traces Iowa's African American heritage from its origins in western Africa to the present - through slavery, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement (African American Museum of Iowa Website, 2016, The bus to the museum will depart the Rogalski Center at 7:30 AM and will return to campus between 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. This field trip is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life, Department of Student Activities. Transportation by bus and admissions to the museum for students who wish to attend will be free. Students are asked to bring a suggested amount of at least $15 of spending money to pay for their lunch an additional funds if they wish to purchase items from the museum's gift shop. Space is limited to 50. Register to attend by contacting Ramona Amos at

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