Author: Suany Riveiro

Turning Points in History

Martin Luther King Jr. expert talks about the history of civil rights Students had the opportunity to hear from renowned author Taylor Branch at the Turning Points in History Lecture on Feb. 28. Branch spoke on the topic  “40 Years After Martin Luther King: Looking Ahead with Obama.” This lecture gave students the opportunity to join with scholars to study important moments in history, according to History Professor William Cobb. Branch began by telling a story of his childhood adventures in his father’s dry cleaning plant, listening to his father joke with Peter, an African American man who worked there. He mentioned that in those days, racially aware comments were avoided, and the idea of changing the way things were was unacceptable. “Civil rights is not just about the past, it’s about things very vital to you and to the future,” Branch said. He also said that in the era of the civil rights movement, people did not take the demonstrations seriously, but they became very effective. He added that although people expected the movement to only be successful if it resulted in a totalitarian government, the demonstrations were able to make the change happen and got rid of totalitarian state government that was bent on enforcing white supremacy. Branch went on to say that once desegregation happened, the Southern states were able to focus on other things like...

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Ambassador Young Speaks at UVU

At the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, students had the opportunity to hear from the expertise of Ambassador Andrew Young on the subject of “The Journey Forward.” Young talked about the journey that he took in the past with Dr. King. He spoke of the wars that the U.S. has been involved in. He mentioned that many of those wars could have been avoided through communication and understanding of the other side of the conversation. He also talked about how the “I have a Dream” speech was really referring to the gap between the rich and poor. Young stated that the journey that this generation must undertake is that of overcoming poverty. He mentioned that education, being the foundation of what creates a better society, should not leave graduates crippled by debt, but free to expand the wealth of the country. “I thought his speech was very insightful and I agree that sometimes students pay way too much tuition,” said student Steven Anderson. After his keynote address, Young answered questions from the audience among which the topics of immigration and violence against members of Congress were brought up. In speaking of immigration, Young said that immigration cannot be stopped, but it can be reduced through the creation of jobs in the countries from which people are fleeing. Concerning the violence against members of Congress, he said that...

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Ambassador Andrew Young visits

As part of the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Utah Valley University will be able to hear from someone that knew and worked directly with Dr. King. The school is welcoming Ambassador Andrew Young, former US ambassador to the United Nations, Congressman, Mayor of Atlanta and assistant to Dr. King, to give a keynote address entitled “The Journey Forward” on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom. At 2:30 p.m., Young will be leading a discussion of his books; An Easy Burden and Walk in My Shoes in LI 120. The books can be purchased at the UVU Bookstore. He will then continue his visit with students by attending, along with Governor Gary Herbert, the Arts and Awards Reception in the Noorda Theater from 6-8 p.m., where he will present the awards. According to faculty putting the commemoration together, Young is the embodiment of the commemoration’s theme, “Re-Imagining the Dream.” King spoke of a dream of economic and racial justice through nonviolent struggle. King’s dream was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, who led the independence movement in India in the first half of the 20th century. Young has carried this dream of nonviolent change to this generation. As a representative of the re-imagining of King’s dream, Young expands the vision from civil rights, justice and equality in those years to achieving justice around the world...

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MLK Commemoration Schedule of Events

The MLK commemoration will begin on Jan. 11 and close on Jan. 18. Along with Andrew Young, who has personally worked with King himself, there will be several other guest speakers that will speak about the civil rights movement. Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned filmmaker, will conduct a diversity training. Students and faculty will present papers and projects created specifically for the event. Herman Boone, the football coach known from the movie Remember the Titans, will be the concluding speaker of the commemoration on Jan. 18. For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on campus, contact Julie Nichols at 801-863-6795. Jan. 11 9:00–10:30 am: Unlearning Racism in Schools (Faculty & Staff Dialogue) – Center Stage 10:45–11:45 am: How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures (Student Dialogue) – UVU Library: Timpanogos Room 12:00–1:00 pm: KEYNOTE -What Stands Between Us – Ragan Theater 2:45–5:00 pm: Unlearning Racism in Schools cont’d. (Faculty & Staff Dialogue)- Center Stage 7:00–9:00  pm: Film Showing & Discussion: Last Chance for Eden – Center Stage Jan. 12 9:00 am: President Holland “Civil Rights in the Early Days of Martin Luther King, Jr.” Ragan Theater 10:00 am: Panel Discussion on “We Need Not Fear Each Other: Understanding Muslim Members of Our Community.” SC 206ab 11:00 am–12:50 pm: Panel discussion “Critical Deaf Theory” SC 206ab 11:00 am–11:50 am: Student Presentations: “American Voices: The Talking Book...

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Activists on campus re-imagine King’s dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality fueled by non-violent, social and political change has inspired students on campus to work for their beliefs through the same means. Student organizations such as the Revolutionary Student’s Union (RSU), the Peace and Justice Studies Club and the UVU Latin American Club, allow students to be actively involved in achieving their own dreams. The RSU’s protest during the immigration debate in November is one of many examples of activism on campus. “Sometimes people read the word activism as though it is a synonym for protest, and not all forms of activism should be protests,” said Dr. Michael Minch, associate professor of Humanities/Philosophy. He mentioned that it is not good enough to state what you are against, you have to articulate what you are for, and then you have to work toward achieving that. He said that it is at this time that the word activism truly applies; because you need to be active in obtaining what you think is right. “Activism has been misunderstood to sound radical or even irreverent; however, the opposite is true,” said student activist, Nick Belnap. “Activism is passionate people working towards something they believe strongly in.”  Minch also mentioned that there are other ways besides student clubs in which students can be active. He gave the example of High Road for Human Rights, which is an...

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