MAC Celebrating Diversity Month In April
March 29, 2018
Bridging the past with the present, Mineral Area College has dedicated the month of April to remember the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination through events celebrating the Civil Rights Movement and the quest for equality for everyone, regardless of their race, creed or color.
Harry Cecil, MAC’s director of choirs, is on the committee that has organized the events.
“We thought it would be cool to do a lot of different diversity projects propelling and promoting equal rights leaders, and use King’s ideas on equality to talk about other leaders in other factions, so we’re talking about women’s rights, LGBTQIA rights, and disability rights as well,” Cecil said.
Kicking off April’s month of diversity will be the MLK symposium, “50 Years Later: a Reflection on Equality, Freedom and Inclusion” with guest speaker Rodney Wilson, a tutor for the EXCEL program at Mineral Area College.
“The kick-off event is April 4, which is meaningful because that’s the actual day Dr. King was assassinated,” Cecil said. “We’re so excited to be hosting this event on his day of remembrance, and to have Mr. Wilson speak.”
The lecture will be from in Rice Lecture Hall, located just off the Concourse Area in the Arts & Sciences building. The lecture is open to the public.
Two weeks after the kick-off lecture, the Mineral Area Little Theatre Guild will be presenting, for the first time in the Southeastern Missouri area, the Tony Award winning musical “Rent.”
“This musical is perfect for this month,” Cecil said. “It focuses on the difficulties and stigma surrounding AIDS in the late 1980s-early 1990s. It highlights many personal relationships, including some in the LGBTQIA community. And it reveals disparities in class distinction. It compares artists and those living in poverty, versus people of wealth and affluence. We think this is the perfect example of Dr. King’s influence and perspective, maybe not as obvious, but it is still there.”
“Rent” can be seen at from at the Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $7 for adults and students, or $3 for and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or the MAC bookstore.
In addition, the school’s art club, headed by Abril Warner, will be featuring paintings and sculptures of other human rights leaders and will be displaying them throughout the month. Many will be exhibited following the lecture.
MAC Media Services Coordinator Shaun Braswell and his students will also be enhancing April’s diversity theme with the production of short documentaries on civil rights – women’s rights, African-American rights, immigration rights and LGBTQIA rights. The documentaries are set to play on TV screens throughout campus.
“We’re so grateful to the many committee and faculty members who are participating in this month-long event,” Cecil said. “We are hoping April will continue to be a month to celebrate diversity and to recognize the contributions of human rights pioneers who have made a great impact on our society today.”