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To honor our community’s safety during the escalating COVID pandemic, we have hired a top video team to film our upcoming event and LIVE STREAM it from the Dairy Arts Center.
From the safety of your home, we hope you will gather with family and roommates to watch a FREE live presentation on Monday, January 17th from 3pm-4pm. Motus will present autobiographical monologues about the current challenges of the criminal legal system in relation to the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We are thrilled that the new Executive Director of the Colorado ACLU, Deborah Richardson, and the first Black female prosecutor in Colorado, Velveta Golightly-Howell, will be guest readers.
Let’s come together to hear monologues about how two men, Brandon Wainright and Juaquin Mobley, were impacted by the criminal legal system while in high school and reflect as a community. This performance is intended for middle school-age kids to old and wise adults.
Performance sponsored by Colorado ACLU, Sister-to-Sister: International Network of Professional African American Women, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture, and City of Boulder Human Relations Commission.
We hope you will attend an event virtually, or in your community, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. See below for information on two exciting events happening on Sunday, January 16th, envisioned by the Boulder County NAACP and on Monday, January 17th, a Non-violent Action Training organized by Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice.
NAACP: Sunday, January 16th:
1 to 5 PM: The Dream: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Presented by NAACP Boulder County, Second Baptist Church, NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
This event will include musical, spoken word, dance, and video presentations, as well as feature several speakers. The highlight will be the opening of the Exhibit from the Withers Museum of Memphis by the noted Civil Rights Photographer, the late Dr. Ernest C. Withers. The keynote speaker will be Rosalind Withers, current director of the Museum. The exhibit will run through February, which is Black History Month. This event encompasses the Five Pillars: of Celebration, Tribute, Education, Solidarity, Service.
The ongoing February display and related closing ceremony is organized by the NAACP Boulder County Executive Committee for African American Cultural Events.
7 PM: Undoing the Noble Crusade Documentary Screening
Presented by Boulder Community Media
Boedecker Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Undoing the Noble Crusade is based on a passage from “Why We Can’t Wait” a book by Martin Luther King, Jr. He wrote in 1963, “We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade.” The short film also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Native American Rights Fund that was established in the spirit of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The second documentary to screen is “Beyond Sand Creek” about the efforts of the Arapaho tribe to undo stereotypes, renew their language and culture and tie those to their traditional homeland in Boulder.
Reserve your tickets at thedairy.org.
Monday, January 17th:
12:30- 2:30 PM: Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice & 350 Colorado
Non-Violent Direct Action Training:
Dr. King is renowned for his passion, wisdom, strategic brilliance, and commitment to Non-Violence. He taught that Non-Violent resistance is effective, but not easy. It requires us to exercise our inner-strength and resolve but can potentially be the most powerful way to grow movements, win hearts and minds to our causes and create the changes that we want to see in the world. Non-Violent resistance also poses unique challenges and risks that require our understanding, as well as practical skills and strategies for addressing them. Experienced Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) trainers Razz Gormley & Devon Reynolds will explore why NVDA is effective and share the foundational skills of de-escalation, riot response preparedness, forming affinity groups, informed consent culture, and more, that are critical for mitigating risk and remaining non-violent in today’s world.