MLK Day Schedule

Central College sponsors an alternative day of learning in an institutional observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In place of regular coursework, faculty and students participate in educational opportunities in honor of King’s legacy.

Due to weather, MLK Day programming at Central has been rescheduled.

Academic Sessions

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Quotes and the Quetzal: Guatemala Through the Lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy” with Ally Krogstad, Simon Baker ’24, Cera Stroh ’24, Mielye Hardersen ’26 and Nathan Smith ’26 Boat/Moore Rooms, Maytag

Thursday, Feb. 1

11 a.m. to Noon

“Dr. King on our campus: Community, controversy, and how history is made” with Beth McMahon and Lori Witt

Catered Lunch by Amos Flava BBQ RSVP required

BMW rooms, Maytag

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Noon to 1 p.m.

“We Resolve: Art, Music and Writing in Response to MLK’s Legacy” with Stan Dahl, Lance Dyzak and Matt Kelly Cox-Snow Recital Hall

Thursday, Feb. 8

11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

“Liberation and Love: Spoken Word Poetry” with Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey Douwstra Auditorium

Saturday, Feb. 10

10 a.m. to Noon

Tie Blankets — Service Project
Care Bags Foundation
BMW rooms, Maytag

Tuesday, Feb. 13

11 a.m. to Noon

Safe Sex Kit Assembly — Service Project
By Family Planning Council of Iowa
Vermeer Banquet Room, Graham

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Reason, Faith and Justice: Reading King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail” with Mark Thomas, Cole McGriff ’24 and Anna Venenga ’25

Pre-session: read the text and come ready to discuss!

Boat/Moore Rooms, Maytag

Tuesday, Feb. 20

11 a.m. to Noon

Art-to-Go Kit Assembly — Service Project
By Pella Community Art Center
Maytag Atrium

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Noon to 1 p.m.

“The Rhetorical Techniques of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Lesson in Persuasive Communication” with Stavros Papakonstantinidis Weller 101

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Silent or Silenced: Black Student Experience at Central College” with Jaxon Thompson ’24 and panel Cox Snow Recital Hall

Tuesday, March 5

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Another Kind of Open: Exploring the Black Experience Through American Poetry” with Jeremy Burke VSC 180

Tuesday, March 19

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Cultural Competency: Considerations in Health-Related Settings” with Katelin Valster Boat/Moore Rooms. Maytag

Tuesday, March 26

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Data Ethics: Racial Bias in Everyday Algorithms” with Russ Goodman and Erik Insko VSC 180

Tuesday, April 9

Noon to 1 p.m.

“You’re Born Naked and the Rest is Drag: Fighting for Civil Rights Within and Beyond the Ballroom” with Óscar Reynaga Van Emmerik, Maytag

Tuesday, April 16

Noon to 1 p.m.

“Structural Racism, Social Change and the Sociology of Martin Luther King Jr.” with Shawn Wick and Noemi Vega ’26 Van Emmerik, Maytag


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