Loyola University Maryland

Racial Justice Working Group

Past Events

Spring Semester 2015

January Information
Monday, 18

23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

5:00pm, McGuire Hall
Ta-Nehisi Coates


Open to the Loyola and Baltimore communities

Tuesday, 19

MLK Day Parade

12-2 p.m., downtown Baltimore

Messina and SGA are teaming up to provide transportation to Baltimore City's annual MLK Day parade earlier in the day. First shuttle departs at 11:15 a.m. Pick-up from Newman Towers and the Libary. For more information, click here.

More on the history of the MLK holiday.

Thursday, 22

Peace and Justice Studies Faculty Reading Group

4-5:30 p.m., location TBA

The next reading will be Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations." Questions: Catriona Hanley, Director, Peace and Justices Studies Initiative.

February Information
Wednesday, 18

Teach-In on Ferguson

Feb 18, 2015
5-6:30 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room

A Teach-in on Ferguson, with presenters, scholars and community activists Dr. Heber Brown III, Senior Pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore; Adanna Johnson, Assistant professor in the Psychology department at Loyola and now director of the African and African-American Studies program at Loyola; and Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant professor in the Communications department at Loyola. Sponsored by the Peace & Justice Studies Initiative. Questions: Karsonya Whitehead and Catriona Hanley.

March Information
Tuesday, 10

After Ferguson Part II: Continuing the Conversation

Caucus-based student discussion within and between groups
March 10, 2015
4-5:30 pm, McGuire Hall

Sponsored by Academic Affairs, ALANA Services, Campus Ministry, Center for Community Service and Justice,  Counseling Center, School of Education.

Thursday, 19

From Selma 2 Ferguson: What We Can Learn from the SNCC Organizing Model
March 19, 2015
7 p.m., Knott Hall B03

Join Betty Robinson and Judy Richardson, former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), as they connect American struggle for social justice, both present and past.

Sponsored by the Women's Center.

 April Information
Tuesday, 21

Stories in Solidarity: Student Panel

April 21, 2015
8-9:30 p.m., Fourth Floor Program Room 

Sponsored by Campus Ministry. Check out the Stories in Solidarity Facebook project 

Friday, 24

Rally for Freddie Gray

Student-led, peaceful protest
Friday, April 24, 11:30 am, the Quad

Friday, 24

Difficult Conversations: On Educating and Preparing African American Boys for Life in America

A facilitated lunchtime discussion with Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead and Fr. Tim Brown. Participants will be furnished with a copy of Dr. Whitehead's new book, Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial (?) America, recently published by Apprentice House.

April 24, 2015
12-1:30 p.m., Cohn Hall 133 

Sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration

May Information
Friday, 1

Thinking About Baltimore: We Are All Affected

A Loyola Community Gathering
Friday, May 1
6:00-7:30 pm
The Quad
open to the whole campus community
Student-led and organized, in collaboration with ALANA Services, Academic Affairs, Center for Community Service and Justice, Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, Student Life
6:00 — Gathering: Welcome & moment of silence
6:10 — Discernment: Understanding the events in Baltimore in context
7:15 — Vigil: Circle the Quad
7:30 — Commitment: Work for peace and justice in and with our communities
Resources to help Loyola think about Baltimore:
  • “The Facts of Freddie Gray and Why It Matters to Us All,” by Loyola students, composed April 28, 2015
  • Letter to my undergraduate students, by Prof. Elizabeth Kennedy, composed morning of April 28, 2015
  • “Nonviolence as Compliance,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Loyola’s 2015 MLK speaker), published in The Atlantic the night of April 27, 2015
 2, Saturday

Sustaining Our Attention to Racial Justice After Freddie Gray

A forum about ways to improve in organizational mindfulness towards these pressing issues. Moira Pannepacker, ’16, incoming Student Government President, and Pat Barthelemy, ’16, incoming Senior Class President and current Director of Diversity, will be facilitating a discussion about how these issues can become a visible top priority for the coming academic year.

May 2, 2015
3 p.m., Knott Hall B03 

Sponsored by the Student Government Association

Fall Semester 2014

Common Text conversations on Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye

  • Aug. 29, 9-10:30 a.m: New Student Orientation, Common text discussion panel
  • Sept. 18, 7-8 pm: “Brown v. Board and The Bluest Eye,” Janae Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Oct. 6, 7-8 pm: “Stories We Don’t Tell — The Bluest Eye as Challenged Text”
  • Nov. 6, 7:30-9 pm: Keynote: "Black Girls In Search of Justice: 'The Bluest  Eye,' 'Tomorrow, Tomorrow,' and the Future of American Democracy." Dr. Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania

Diversity Reading Groups, October 2014

Mondays at noon: “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Moderated by Candra Healy and Michael Runnels
More information at: www.loyola.edu/drg

Center for Innovation in Urban Education

Hip Hop/Hip Hope: Reinventing Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 6 p.m., McGuire Hall

Commitment to Justice Lecture

Racial Justice, Beyond Rhetoric"
Oct. 23, 7 – 8 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room
Sponsored by the Committee on Justice

Fall Lecture in African and African American Studies

Narrative Dilemmas: Black Studies, Politics, Hip Hop, and Beyond”
Jared Ball, Morgan State University
Nov. 18, 7-8 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room

Black Student Association--General Body Meeting

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 6 pm, Claver Multicultural Center

Topic: A Conversation about the Michael Brown Case

After Ferguson: A Community Reflection

A "fishbowl" conversation sponsored by Academic Affairs, ALANA Services, Campus Ministry, the Center for Community Service and Justice, the Counseling Center, Peace and Justice Studies Initiative, and the Office of Student Life

Monday, Dec. 8, 4-5:30 pm, Fourth Floor Program Room

"Hands Up" Rally

Student-led, peaceful protest

Monday, Dec. 10, 11:50-1 p.m., the Quad

Candlelight Vigil

Sponsored by ALANA, Services, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Community Service and Justice

Monday, Dec. 10, 4 pm, the Quad