Clark Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, January 19th Clark University celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Tilton. The event was organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with a number of Clarkies who are very much involved in issues of social justice on campus and in the Worcester community. We started off by hearing from the three panelists of the day—Steve O’Neil, an organizer with the Worcester-based EPOCA, which advocates for the rights of those incarcerated; Shara Smith of ClearPath Management Group, who is involved with the Move to Amend campaign; and David Minasian who is an Organizer/Business Representative for the New England Carpenters Union. This brief presentation was followed by an informal discussion, in which the audience of over 100 students, faculty, and staff arranged themselves in groups and engaged in dialogue with the panelists and each other.

Prof. Ousmane Power-Greene, the Interim Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion, inaugurates the event and introduces the panelists to the audience.

Prof. Ousmane Power-Greene, the Interim Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion, inaugurates the event and introduces the panelists to the audience.

The panelists of the evening, from left to right: Shara Smith, David Minasian, and Steve O’Neil.

The panelists of the evening, from left to right: Shara Smith, David Minasian, and Steve O’Neil.

Panelist Shara Smith engages the Clark community in a conversation about racial equality and the part that each of us plays in this movement.

Panelist Shara Smith engages the Clark community in a conversation about racial equality and the part that each of us plays in this movement.

A student speaks out in the dialogue about racial equality, as others listen intently.

A student speaks out in the dialogue about racial equality, as others listen intently.

Panelist David Minasian talks about the struggle for equality within his labor union, and how it mirrors the wider movement for social justice.

Panelist David Minasian talks about the struggle for equality within his labor union, and how it mirrors the wider movement for social justice.

-Themal Ellawala

photos by Demet Senturk

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