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Unity Week Celebrates 10th Anniversary at LVC
02.04.14 |
Lebanon Valley College is celebrating its 10th Annual Unity Week February 3-9. The week’s activities began Monday, Feb. 3 with the first “Creating Inclusive Communities” discussions in the residence halls, lead by students who participated in the 2014 Social Justice Institute last month. The student leaders were trained during SJI to lead discussions around topics related to what they learned during the institute.

“The ‘Creating Inclusive Communities’ program was a great addition to the Social Justice Institute this year,” Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs, said. “Attendees were trained to facilitate discussions with their peers around issues of identity and privilege that are tricky to have, especially with your peers. These conversations are so important because they allow for open communication about difficult topics.”

Unity Week continues Tuesday with a 6 p.m., panel discussion on “Feminism in the Age of Beyonce” in Neidig-Garber 203. Wednesday’s activities include a trip to the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg for a presentation titled “Civil Rights in America.” That night, the Imani Edutainers African Dance Company will lead an African dance class in the Sports Center.

On Thursday, the College community will gather together for a Unity Celebration in Mund College Center at 11 a.m. The celebration will include a cultural meal in the dining hall.

All are invited to attend Friday’s Black History 101 Mobile Museum, also in Mund College Center. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is an innovative traveling tabletop exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to hip-hop. The mobile museum presents historical artifacts to schools, communities, colleges, and universities throughout the nation. The museum has 5,000 rare treasures among its collection including original documents from historic black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States. Artifacts in this unparalleled mobile collection represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights, Black Power movement, and popular culture.

Unity Week and the Agnes O’Donnell Poets & Writers Series team up for a special Friday night program featuring author, professor, filmmaker, and hip-hop artist MK Asante for a Q&A, reading, and book-signing. Asante is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Buck, described by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” His other books are “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too,” and “Like Water Running Off My Back.” Asante’s program begins at 7 p.m. in Leedy Theater.

Following Asante’s presentation, Unity Week programming continues with a 10 p.m. screening of Kevin Hart’s movie “Let me Explain” in Chapel 101. On Saturday, LVC students will celebrate their varied talents with a talent show and performance by comedian Drew Fraser at 9 p.m. in the LVC Sports Center.

Unity Week concludes on Sunday with a Green Dot Training session from noon to 4 p.m. in Lynch 190. Learn more about Green Dot at

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