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Daryl Davis

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Humanities Distinguished Lecture Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis, black musician, author, actor and activist, has spent the past 20 years meeting and befriending hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members who have since broken ties with the Klan. With his story promoting hope, friendship and conversation, Davis will give a Luther College Humanities Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Bob White and Daryl Davis

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'Accidental Courtesy'

Luther College Campus Programming and the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement is hosting the documentary screening of "Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther campus. Novian Whitsitt, Luther professor of Africana studies and English, will lead a discussion after the screening.

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David Pilgrim, Ferris State University's vice president for diversity and inclusion, and founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum

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'Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors'

David Pilgrim, one of the country's leading experts on issues relating to multiculturalism, diversity and race relations, will present "Watermelons, Nooses, and Straight Razors: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in Luther College's Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall. Sponsored by Luther's Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and Diversity Center, the lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

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'Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: From hate to hope'

Photography captures more than a moment in time, it creates and adds to a larger narrative of history. "Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: From hate to hope," a photography exhibit curated by Luther College students, is a commemoration of the life and tragic death of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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Ethnic notions

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'Ethnic Notions'

The "Uncle Tom," the "Mammy" and the "pickaninnies" are all racial stereotypes commonly used from the pre-Civil War era until the start of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The Emmy-winning documentary "Ethnic Notions" directed by the late Marlon Riggs examines these and more anti-Black stereotypes that permeated popular culture and were perpetuated by mass media.

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Attendees at the Slave Narrative Seminar Summer 2016

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Anderson Chosen to Participate in Selective “Slave Narratives” Seminar

Luther College is pleased to announce that Lauren Anderson was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “Slave Narratives.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, English, and related fields used the slave narratives—as well as some other assigned secondary reading—to comprehend the lived experience of slaves themselves in the transition from bondage to freedom. From a pool of 66 highly competitive nominations, 27 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which was held at Yale University June 19–24, 2016.

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