Jan. 20, 2020 — On Martin Luther King Day, NMH does not take the day off. Instead, it’s a day on.
The school celebrates the legacy of the civil-rights leader with a full week of events presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Diversity Committee.
There will be an MLK birthday party on campus, performances by the NMH Stage Band and Camerata Baltimore, and screenings of the hit TV show black-ish, the iconic film Boyz N The Hood, and the newly released Just Mercy. The highlight is a keynote speech by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an award-winning journalist, social justice activist, and author.
Hill is a host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Ebony magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education.
Monday, Jan. 20
All-school meeting: “I Still Have a Dream…”
9:30 am in Memorial Chapel
NMH’s annual presentation honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., facilitated by the Student Diversity Committee. NMH Stage Band performs.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
MLK birthday party
9:30 am in the Rhodes Room
An episode of black-ish will be screened at this celebration. The TV show follows an upper middle class African-American family as they juggle personal and sociopolitical issues.
6:45 pm in Memorial Chapel
Camerata Baltimore is a choral ensemble whose mission is to provide young music educators and students of color an opportunity to perform and educate K-12 students about the choral arts.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
All-school meeting: Keynote by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
10:50 am in Memorial Chapel
Hill shares a bold vision of the future in which social progress and the pursuit of equality depend on listening to each other while adopting a fearless attitude toward change. Sponsored by The Jacqueline Smethurst Series.
Sip the Tea with the SDC
7 pm in Social Hall
Discuss Dr. Hill’s visit over bubble tea with members of the Student Diversity Committee.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Screening and talkback: Boyz N The Hood
7 pm in Grandin Auditorium
Three friends struggle to survive in South Central Los Angeles where friendship, pain, danger, and love form a true picture of life in the ‘hood in this critically acclaimed, action-filled story.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Off-campus screening: Just Mercy
11:15 am at Cinemark in Hadley
This new film shares a powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice.